Not Tonight

It won’t happen tonight, or tomorrow.
Not tomorrow night, or the next.
Not next week, month, year.
Not now.

It will happen when it does,
When it has matured,
When it’s complete,
When it arrives.

Do not fret nonetheless,
I promise it shall come to pass.
Just not now,
Not tonight.

-John Havlik

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Looking Back on ’06

Well it’s that time of year again. Christmas is over and here the (tech) world sits in the doldrums week between Christmas and New Years. A year ago, several promising applications debuted, including Flock and Songbird. A year ago, the entire Web 2.0 craze caught the world’s attention. A year ago, the future looked bright. Today however, bleak news arrives constantly.

Former heroes lack their former luster, and fear uncertainty and doubt spreads about their possible demise. Apple, amidst its cult-like following, faces scandal accusations and the fear of Steve Jobs leaving in the future. Google, on the other hand, hasn’t completely refrained from being evil in the eyes of some. Microsoft’s free Acer Ferrari laptops for selected bloggers just this week became a big conspiracy once they began asking for them back. What looked to be a promising year hasn’t fully lived up to the hype. Hopefully 2007 will grace the good people on Earth. However, hopefully 2007 will discomfiture those whom choose to make the lives of the good people unnecessarily difficult.

Traditionally predictions are made during this downer week. Many bloggers have already shared their opinions and aspirations for 2007. Digg stands testament to this yearly phenomenon. Lists are once again “all the rage” on Digg, which many had hoped were squashed earlier in 2006. One offers no lists, instead only one paragraph of opinion on selected topics.

Instead of talking about Web 2.0, discussing a good, open-source, web IDE appears to be more fitting. Aptana, a java based web IDE, is excellent. Simply put, it is not only a solid web IDE, well in reality it is just that. The nicest feature is its ability to debug code on the fly, including JavaScript. Other web IDEs (Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition) lack this feature, they also tend to give up on syntax highlighting if the code seems remotely foreign to them.

Songbird still makes the cut as exciting. A year ago a proof-of-concept was promised, and it was delivered in the early months of 2006. Development continues, and this year Songbird should mature past the proof-of-concept stages.

-John Havlik

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The USD FUD

The last two days on Digg, have been amusing to say the least. Colorful sides of the community now flourish that seemed to not exist in the past. Added to these ‘new’ members, two different articles spreading FUD about a devaluing United States Dollar were on the front page.

One of theses articles, from some unpredictable radio host’s site, claimed that China had decided to dump its approximately 1 trillion USD in favor of the Euro. Few actual facts could be scraped from this fear-mongering piece. It accurately addressed the fact that the Chinese hold so much USD is of concern to everyone. What the article fails to mention is that if the Chinese did suddenly dump all of its USD cash, the entire world would be sent into a depression that would make the Great Depression look like a time of great wealth. In the best interests of the USA, the world, and itself, China would never do such a thing over night as the article suggested. Lastly, US economic diplomats are over in China discussing economic matters but that’s a far cry to what that article was claiming.

Today more rumors emerged. This time they claimed that Iran is planning on using the Euro instead of the USD for selling oil. People want to make this into something it isn’t. Looking at the current situation with the Iran, and the fact that the Iranian president wants to kill every non-Muslim in his ‘jihad’, it makes perfect sense for Iran to do what the rumors speak of. Conspiracy theorists add that Saddam Hussein was toying with the idea of selling oil only in Euros before the US invaded Iraq. So now this entire topic gets set into debating the legitimacy of the current situation involving Iraq, in which the media and some politicians want us to lose. Digression aside, it makes perfect sense for Iran to make such a move in the political chess match they are playing with their nuclear program. As there are embargoes against Iran with the USD right now anyways, switching to the Euro for them won’t affect the US unless other countries follow suit, and as explained before, if such a thing happens everyone will be hauled back into the stone ages.

Simply put, with a globalization world and increasing economic interdependence, both of the rumors that are making rounds, if true, would never impact just one group of people. If either of these rumors holds merit, soon the world as it is currently known will cease to exist. Could this be the predicted 2010 economic crash? Who knows, but no one would really want or benefit from such a situation, except an elitist minority whom assume power.

-John Havlik

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Finally, Some Success

Over the last few days, I’ve attempted to solve a bug relating to WordPress’ behavior of pinging the PRC services even on drafts and edits. There is a plug-in for resolving this. But, if the user doesn’t have this plug-in, the result is multiple entries of the same thing on the Updated Blogs section of the new Weblogs.us site.

However, if the article URI is the same as some previous URI in the database the ping can be ignored (no need to go out and fetch the RSS feed). Now that this works, I will test a few refinements, which will result in a slightly heavier load (possibly neutralized by sending less data) for the database server, to reduce the load greatly on the Apache/PHP server. After this optimization, I will continue writing the code for the listings system.

-John Havlik

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Black Friday Scores

Thud, thud, thud, I wake up to the sound of my brother banging on my bed room door. “Are we going to Best Buy or not.” “What time is it?” “It’s 7:00.” “No, not yet, let me sleep.” Even if Best Buy was opening at 5:00am, it wasn’t worth getting up and getting there at that hour. When we did get there, a bunch of idiots (anyone who believe they know ‘way’ more about technology than I) were leaving and trying to get into the parking lot, which was packed. Well that’s not the full truth; the EP Best Buy has underground and side parking which had many open spots available. Inside everything we were looking for was still in stock, including a Christmas gift for my dad. We picked up Age of Empires 3 and Battlefield 2142 as well since they were on sale for half off.

When we arrived home, my brother takes both games to his computer as if they were his. Even though I explicitly said I’m getting Battlefield 2142, and he said he wanted Age of Empires 3. Naturally he installs Battlefield on first and logins on using his EA account, instantly tying my CD key with his account. So now I’m either stuck with AEO3 or have to go back and buy another CD as EA really doesn’t care if my own family steals my CD key. So what was going to be a good day turned instantly sour by the selfish actions of my younger sibling.

-John Havlik

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