A brief thought on the new Microsoft "Interoperability" documents
If you haven't seen the recent Microsoft Interoperability
announcement, I suggest you read it. It's been Slashdotted, so I
figure there's a decent chance that everybody on the Internet has seen
it already. This is, of course, an extension of the Microsoft Office
Binary Formats release of a few days ago, and I'm equally leery about
it. There are some interesting comments on the Office Binary formats on
the web, including these by Jeff Licquia, and those he links to
by Joel Spolsky.
On the one hand, this is an amazing opportunity for F/OSS developers and
pretty much everybody …
In Claremont, Again: Musings
Today marks my first week back in sunny California. Actually, scratch
the "sunny" part – it's rained here almost every day since I arrived.
It's still nice to be somewhere where the average daily temperature has
more than one digit, though.
Class is exactly as I remembered it. Hours drag by, but days seem to end
almost without beginning in the first place. I'm staying on top of my
homework, which is a good thing. We'll see how well I can keep that up,
particularly when biology and STEMS (signals and systems engineering)
start to load it on.
I've also started …
Ah, Collegiate Internet
As you may or may not know, HMC shares what is essentially a backbone
line to the Internet. Sometimes, if you get it just right, that can mean
really, really excellent things. As this photo shows. No, that's not
doctored. If you go to some of my photos on flickr, you can see more
of these insane speeds. And I just wanted to say that that is awesome.
Beryl 0.1999.1, and Other News of Note
I've just gotten around to upgrading my version of Beryl to the
latest svn/prerelease (through the xeffects overlay) and, wow. It's a
huge improvement over 0.1.4. Much faster, more stable, and more
featureful. I can't get over how awesome tabs are (under the Grouping
configuration). I have yet to find something they're useful for, but
they're still totally awesome.
In other news, mechanics midterm today. Woo. Well, I suppose it could
have been worse.
Okay, that's enough mucking around with the blog I suppose. I've got a
chemistry section quiz tomorrow that I ought to be studying …