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Been playing around with GnuPG and libferris of late. Its been hovering on the TODO list for a while but soon I should be able to check sigs with EA and be able to manage and create keys through something like gpg://keys/

Its a joy isn't it.

Audio patching, Redhat, and kernels.


Very sad news that I heard while in sydney about Elliot Smith's death. I very much enjoy his music. Selfish of me for my sadness to be driven primarily by my likes of his music though.

Got my new dbXML shirt from sleeycat in the mail today. Excellent stuff, the joy of being a winner in their comp.

Was in Sydney overthe weekend and went along to the SLUG. (slug.org.au). Very nice user group, within walking distance from central station, I'd recommend it to any linux geeks visiting sydney.

Got to meet up with many coders of applications, do a lot of interesting waffling after the UG meeting during the dinner meeting. The Linux Audio SLUG meeting the following day was also very interesting, though I'd recommend you definately drag along a PC and maybe guitar for the occasion. I had to drop out early to take care of some other stuff in sydney.

Hmm, for my next magic trick I'll pull funding for a trip to LCA04 out of my hat. Or a small furry animal, whichever is first.

Made my latest relase... more info at


Started looking into ZigZag and Xanadu. Some interesting ideas there, I've since also added the search for a comparison of ZigZag with OLAP: but being n-dimensional viewing tools.

Some a/v is at


Some interesting demos at


Main page at


Might take a while to churn over the whole versioned extent linking stye (as I understand it) from the Xa project.

It appears that what I've heard and also discovered / confirmed is that most of the inference engines are written with the goal that they are to be used in big OWL type systems and run as servers exposing a WSDLish interface for clients to use. I'm thinking that maybe this is why inference engine stuff is usually hacked into custom C/C++ code when used in other apps (like libferris).

There is inference stuff buried in libferris at the moment (a rose by any other name), some of which would be a little nicer to have as explicit rules but I don't see that the VFS should depend on a inference engine server running someplace. The communication would bug it down a great deal anyway. Having to expose entire chunks of the libferris data model as an OWL file and choof it off to a inference server to get back a little fragement to merge into the main data model again seems very expensive.

This is a shame as a formal inference engine could also handle constraint violation esp. in the case where the constraint was violated based on nested inference.

The hunt goes on. (any links that do what I've outlined about would be nice. #rdfig on freenode).

A nice RDF schema site


Some nice metadata about the abilities of inference engines.


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