28 Jun 2006 Ankh   » (Master)

Just got back from a business trip to Paris, and on the way home stopped off in Toronto; you can see my snapshots from the 2006 Toronto Pride Parade.

In Paris I had a long conversation with C. Michael Sperberg-McQueen about XML-aware text retrieval. If I could free up a few days I could make my lq-text package have some XML awareness. I might try this in July, since I'm well overdie to make a new release. If that works I'll try using it on my site of pictures scanned from antiquarian books, although the existing XML-Query-based search works pretty well as a starting point.

prozac, one problem with checking for "legitimate" email by eye is the large number of spam message with forged senders. We (W3C) routinely get listed on spamcop's database for sending spam, for example, because of such forgeries. Using SPF, where available, can help eliminate most of these forgeries, although SPF is not without other problems. It's not very friendly to post real email addresses on advogato by the way - the spam crawlers will soon be flooding those addresses even if they were previously not public, so it sets a bad prececent. Use numeric character references to hide the @ might help, although advogato might undo that during processing.

sktrdie, no, GNOME is not a desktop environment created by hackers for hackers. That would be masturbation. It is a desktop environment created by hackers (programmers) and many many other people, for use by both the people who created it and many many other people. You don't get much Open Source kudos for scratching your itch. You get kudos for scratching other people's itches.

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