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Name: Barry Pederson
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I've been programming for 20-some years now - started out on Apple ]['s in high school, yadda yadda yadda, now I'm mostly writing Python, have done a lot of Java, and have a fair amount of experience with C and C++ (especially under OS/2), was fairly seriously into Rexx (I like high-level languages, not the little nit-picky bit-twiddling stuff). Have gotten fairly seriously into using FreeBSD, but try to do things that are cross-platform, Win/FreeBSD/Linux. Big on networking, especially stuff like SMTP/POP/LDAP/HTTP and so on.

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation)

Just had the JSON lightbulb come on for me. I've been doing quite a bit with Python, and using Python pickles to pass data between various processes. It's awful convenient, but the language-dependence is a bit bothersome.

I've also been using Spread for inter-process and inter-machine communications, and using JSON should be much more flexible. I've always wanted to write an Apache2 module to send logging info over spread to Python scripts, but having C code generate Python pickles looked nasty. There's a nice, simple, C JSON library that should make serializing data in C to be read in Python a piece of cake.

I realize that there are already Apache modules that feed info into spread, but standardizing (at least for myself) on JSON objects as a Spread message format should be much more flexible.

4 Sep 2004 (updated 4 Sep 2004 at 16:54 UTC) »

GoDaddy

I just got an e-mail notice from GoDaddy.com (the DNS registrar), that "...to better serve you and protect your privacy.." GoDaddy was revising its privacy policy - with one of the changes being that they would no longer send e-mail notification of 'minor' changes to the privacy policy.

I love it when companies bend over backwards to make my life better! :P

forrest : Do a google search for "verizon noptify", and you'll find others have caught this too - even mentioned in a Cringely Infoworld column.

It's a shame Verizon hasn't apologized about this and recalled/destroyed the CD - I can't believe what the pointy-haired twits of this world get away with.

Did anything ever happen with that Vanguard deal you found back in October?

forrest - That business you discovered in Vanguard's webpages is apalling. I don't know if I'd complain just to Vanguard so they can quietly clean it up. That's the kind of thing a REAL BIG stink should be made of, to get people's attentions as to what kinds of things are going on. Maybe the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and so on.

Since you asked for references ... check out the Federal Trade Commission's webpage on "Financial Privacy: The Gramm-Leach Bliley Act": http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/glbact/ There's also a complaint form on that site, you can get a ball rolling there too.

1 Jul 2003 (updated 1 Jul 2003 at 17:35 UTC) »

Made some headway on the FreeBSD PR I mentioned the other day having to do with mktime() giving strange results for the US Central timezone - discovered while fooling with Zope3 and Python.

I found the FreeBSD timezone description files that contain historical information about DST transitions, and saw that Chicago, representing US Central, had a strange entry for the year 1936 that the Eastern, Mountain and Pacific zones didn't have - which would explain the unique behavior.

By fiddling with that single line in the timezone description file, I found you can affect mktime()'s result even though the year you're passing isn't 1936.

Kind of wonder now if NetBSD and OpenBSD have the problem too. Setting the FreeBSD box to Canadian Central time seems to be a workaround.

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