Today was kind of scattered. Grey and rainy all day.

In the morning we went over to the California Closets showroom in Natick to look at furniture for the home office. Their stuff looks to be decent quality but the salesman didn’t think they could do a round corner that follows the outside of a right angle. Which is exactly what we want and exactly why we are looking for built-in. Hmmm.

Mid-day I went a bought a new cell phone at the local Verizon outlet because the antenna on my old phone had broken off for the second time and it was getting to be annoying.

Then it was on to brunch at Philip‘s, where there was an interesting crowd as usual. Bob Doyle and I brainstormed about some interesting things we could do related to the Open Internet Lexicon. In our copious free time. Hah!

Late afternoon into evening was a mix of babysitting and pizza-making. And nighttime was…writing.

60 degrees and sunny in Cambridge. I wandered over to the student center for lunch. Today is Ifair day. I ate persian food and watched a re-enactment of a Pakistani wedding. Google has nothing on MIT.

I am posting this message from a Windows XP desktop machine using w.bloggar. There were a couple of wrinkles. I accidentally hit “post” when I really wanted “post & publish”. Also, I guess it prefills the title even if you want to leave the title blank. Let’s see, if I re-load the message in w.bloggar and then re-post, will it fill the title again? The answer is No.

Dave, the early riser, has already written up a summary of last night’s weblog writers’ meeting. The discussion about weblogs and presidential elections was pretty inspiring. If you believe that news coverage influences politics, and that weblogging democratizes the news reporting process, then weblogging should give the average citizen greater influence to shape presidential elections. Chris brought to our attention the related idea of semiotic democracy.

Straight outta Conifer

I’m just back from a family vacation in Conifer, Colorado, where we took in the beautiful scenery and thin air.

What can I say, I kept thinking, “Hey, I’m in South Park!”.

The vacation house is way up in the mountains at about 9,000 feet. Now that I’m back I see the devastating effect of the lack of Internet access on my weblog. Four empty days, good gracious me. We need satellite access up there.

We had to change planes in Chicago on the way back. I can’t decide if it was good or bad. Sure, it makes for a longer travel day, but boy was it nice to give our little girl a chance to run around for an hour midway through the trip.


Yesterday Simon Fell posted an ASP.NET OPML browser in response to Dave’s call to action.

Very cool. Looking over the code, I learned a few little tricks I didn’t know about.

I hadn’t realized that XmlDocument can load a remote URL, though it’s right there in the SDK docs. I seem to remember in the Aggie source code that they have a special wrapper to handle the Http fetch.

A little fooling around reveals that XmlDocument.Load() doesn’t handle 302 redirects gracefully. In fact, the resulting exception puts my HttpApplication into a permanently broken state until I restart the application 😦

Update 2003-04-22: Simon is unable to reproduce this behavior. Neither am I when I point my code at his pingback url.

As best I can tell, the problem only arises when both documents—the code making the request and the code issuing the 302–are running on the same IIS 5.1 instance.

Sweet sixteen

Dave writes about outliners in his weblog today. While reading I found this page where I downloaded software that was released in 1987.


Holy cow, it works on Windows XP!

The software runs fine and helps anyone scratching their heads to get an idea about what outliners are at their bare bones. Caveat: it did cause my copy of trillian to crash, and now neither trillian nor putty will run. All the same I’m in shock that this sixteen year-old software can simply be unzipped an launched.