I received some press-release-spam this week that I actually didn’t
mind. TrustBearer Labs, a
startup has released their new
OpenID provider, TrustBearer
OpenID. What makes this interesting
is that it utilizes their browser-based authentication hardware support
to instantly provide strong, token-based security to any OpenID enabled
site (application?). Their browser software is interesting in and of
itself — cross platform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), cross browser
(Safari, IE, Firefox), and capable of interfacing with USB smart card
readers and authentication tokens. This is a great demonstration of what
open standards really allow — innovation that benefits everyone who
utilizes the standard.
|tags:||fort wayne, openid, smart card, Software, standards
Still working on my slides for
SCALE, decided to further
delay productivity by putting together a brief set of steps on how to
Impress to get
really pissed off.
- Start up OOo Impress and create a new presentation.
- Open up the master slide view and create two new masters; make them
somewhat visually distinct so that its easy to experience the pure
- Return to the slide view and make sure you can see the Master Pages
area of the Tasks page; note that both your master slides are listed
as “used in this presentation”, but not “available for use”.
- Click the first master, which should re-apply the master to the slide
you’re looking at.
- Click the second master to apply it to the slide.
- Note that the first master has now disappeared.
- Think to yourself, “well surely it’s not gone and return to the
- Realize that no, the slide really has disappeared.
Is it any surprise that you see a proliferation of Macs and Keynote at
tech conferences, that people think slide-ware generally sucks, or that
people still equate PowerPoint with presentations?
I think this is the same as Issue
reported in February, 2005. Sigh.
|category:||open source, Software
|tags:||impress, openoffice.org, Software, suck
I’m not sure that Java applets are even relevant to software development
today, but this interview (via
regarding the rewritten Java browser
caught my attention:
Java Applets Reborn from
Dion Almaer on
So the most interesting things (to me):
- The plugin itself is mostly written in Java. I love these sort of
recursive language exercises (see
PyPy), if nothing else for
their turtles all the way
effect. But I suppose this actually makes a certain degree of sense:
if you have a fixed set of resources and you’re putting lots of them
towards improving the JVM/JRE, you can take advantage of those
improvements by writing your plugin in Java. They don’t talk about
the architecture of the old plugin much, but I wouldn’t be terribly
surprised to find out the native-code “shim” used to communicate
between the browser and the JVM is easier to maintain than the old
- Applets run in a completely independent process (not just thread).
- An applet can demand to run with a particular JRE version. They label
this “enterprise support.” I’d call it “sanity support.”
None of this really speaks to whether it’s too little, too late. It
seems like a good move on Sun’s part, especially given the recent
attention on rich internet applications (RIAs) has focused (not
necessarily undeservedly) on
AIR (the vapor-ware jokes
write themselves, don’t they?) and Microsoft
amount of press and attention may indicate this is an area whose time
has come. And while I admit having a begrudging soft spot for Java, it
seems that companies (especially capital-“E” “enterprise” companies) who
already have lots of in house Java expertise could benefit from being
able to extend that knowledge down to the desktop. Maybe.
|tags:||java, plugin, Software