Re-engineering Engineering

New York Times article on Olin University.


A new piece of software has come to my attention today, a Mozilla project called WebRunner that aims to provide an easy way to create site-specific browsers (SSBs). The project is basically an extension on the XULRunner software, which itself is standalone version of the XUL engine that underpins the big Mozilla projects (Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Seamonkey). When I first heard of it I immediately thought that the Mozilla guys were setting up to challenge Adobe Air but I no longer think that is the case. Read On →

New PC: It’s Alive!

Yes folks, my new PC is now up and running. Everything seems to have gone swimmingly hardware-wise. Today I got the final pieces of the system: a Winfast 8800GTS 640MB and a Ritmo "55-in-1″ card reader. I must admit I was unprepared for just how huge the graphics card actually was – the card is longer than the motherboard! Not to mention the huge heatsink and fan on top of it. Read On →

YUI Compressor Version 2.2.1

YUI Compressor version 2.2.1 has been released. Go forth and minify!

New PC

Today I started building my new PC. Like all my desktop computers this one is intended to last a while so I tried not to skimp on the hardware too much. At the same time I don't exactly have unlimited funds so keeping the price around $2000 was the target. I already have a nice monitor, sets of 2.1 speakers and a keyboard and mouse so I only need the stuff "in the box", most of which I managed to acquire today: Case: Antec Sonata III (including 500W PSU) CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3R RAM: 2 x A-DATA DDR2-800 2GB Kit HDD: 2 x Seagate 750GB DVD: 2 x Pioneer 212BK Not bad for $1585! Read On →

Site Upgrade: WordPress 2.3

I have just finished upgrading this blog to WordPress 2.3. As of now I have only completed the actual migration – I have yet to start taking advantage of any of the new features of version 2.3 (such as tags) so expect those to be slowly rolled out this week. I have also started work on a completely revised theme for the site which I hope to get finished in the next week or so. Read On →

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – DVD 1

If you've never heard of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya then what you firstly need to know is that it's one of the most popular anime/novel series to hit the scene in a good while, to the extent of sparking a level pseudo-religious zeal, dubbed Haruhism, that comes as a sort of homage to one of the central premises of the show: that the eponymous heroine is, for all intents and purposes, God. Read On →

Manifest 07: ANN Report

The full Australian Anime News Network report on Manifest 2007 is up.


Stardust is a new movie based on the Neil Gaiman story of the same name. The plot is a typical fantasy/adventure romp and the movie successfully pulls off an enjoyable story that should be suitable for the whole family. The setting for Stardust is mostly set in the magical kingdom of Stormhold, which happens to border a tiny English village, aptly named Wall. The plot of the movie follows the main character, Tristan Thorne, as he journey's through Stormhold on a quest to bring a piece of a fallen star back to the object of his affections, Victoria, who appears to be the town's most eligible bachelorette. Read On →

Web Application Construction Tools

If you are in the business of creating web sites and applications you might find the following resources helpful: Apache Ant Homepage Phing Homepage Building Web Applications With Apache Ant – Julien Lecomte Trimming comments in HTML documents using Apache Ant – Julien Lecomte Improve Your Build Process with Ant – ONLamp Ant sucks for FTP deployment – What alternatives do we have? – Felix Geisendörfer