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nullsoft does it again

Just as with Gnutella, Nullsoft released something that AOL pulled out but not before the code got into the wild. Heh. I think now I understand why the name. I can imagine the nullsoft guys with this thing working and AOL totally oblivious to it, maybe even letting it go to...

yes, exactly. :)

And the name has the added advantage of having a literary reference: WASTE was the name of the secret communications network (based on the US postal system) in Pynchon's classic The Crying of Lot 49. This might be the main reason for the name, but the other one (keeping with Pynchon's conspiracy-theory style) sounds more appealing. :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on May 31, 2003 at 1:26 AM

more on Microsoft-AOL

Regarding thursday's news on the Microsoft-AOL settlement, here's an interesting article from the Washington Post with more background and opinion on the deal.

I wonder: could it be that Microsoft will attempt to buy AOL? Of course, most in the industry would oppose it, but at the moment both the FCC and the Justice Department would most likely be unconcerned (the European Antitrust Commission would be another matter). Steve Case is all but gone, and those in charge of AOL-Time Warner have been itching to "undo" the merger. Mmmm...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on May 31, 2003 at 1:17 AM

bluetooth on java

Russ posted a cool entry on thursday about bluetooth on Java, and the lack of OSS toolkits. What seems to be more worrying is that most of the toolkits the book he mentions pointed to are for Win32 devices, Linux, or Palm, but no mention of Symbian. I guess that to use Bluetooth from Java on the new Symbian mobiles you'd have to wrap it on JNI, but I don't think that's possible on Personal Java, or even J2ME. In any case, at this stage Java would probably be too high level for this kind of thing; I'd bet (no knowledge whatsoever of this, just speaking from past experience) that the blueetoth API for Java is going to miss some options that turn out to be important, and that won't be included until a next release (An example of this is the HttpURLConnection classes in java.net.*, which still don't let you do certain things, like supporting WEBDAV by simply modifying the method type on the call, just because the API refuses to accept anything it doesn't know about).

Categories: soft.dev
Posted by diego on May 31, 2003 at 1:07 AM

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