Recent blog entries for cdegroot

Seems that I totally forgot to tell you all that I used Advogato's code to setup a similar site for the Squeak community called Squeak People.

It's running like a charm, but - we Smalltalkers being the wheel-reinventers that we are - chances are that we'll move the code to Squeak and then start work on some serious extensions (threaded blogging, more stuff like voting, integration with Squeak's projects repository, etcetera). In fact, we've already completed a parts of the transfer, the biggest issue on the to-do list is implementation of the trust metrics algorithm or integration with something existing.

My new venture, tric, is getting an acceptable website. Of course, the thing is built in Squeak and Seaside, hopefully I'll have some time to add cool features building on this platform...

Well, we've started our first journey into Open Source land. A couple of weeks ago I started to write a SCM system on top of CVS in the form of a bunch of Python scripts, and today we decided to develop it as an Open Source project. Check Trug and let me know whether this is going anywhere.

According to the Orbiten Free Software Survey, I've written a staggering 39000 bytes of Open Source Code.

Hmm, I think I need to track my copyrights a bit more carefully ;-).

Lies, damn lies, ...

At the last Jini Community Meeting, Tim O'Reilly noted that Jini and JavaSpaces need a "killer app". Maybe this could be a candidate: a JavaSpaces-based MTA. By making all the pieces of MTA functionality fine-grained and decoupled, you should be able to build - in theory :-) - a very scalable mailer. Now the question becomes one of transactions per second...

I love the concept of CipherSaber, which is nothing more than a bit of protocol around RC4, creating a secure cryptosystem which is simple enough to pass by mouth. The challenge is that you implement this with your own program, which is at most a 60 minutes excersize for an average programmer.

A natural thought, therefore, is to collect all these programs on a list, which I intend to do on the CipherSaberList. Entries both in computer and natural languages are welcome.

Released the first version of SGMLtools-Lite today. Hopefully this'll get the SGMLtools project going again...

The JDBM project is getting underway - but we need help, because stuff like extendible hashing and B*Tree's is likely to cost someone a lot of time. Any Java hackers out there?

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