Archive for May, 2009

Preparing for IE 8 Was Suprisingly Easy

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We’ve known IE 8 was coming for a while.  Last week I was warned by our network engineer that IE 8 he was actively supressing its distribution around campus.  We knew we were going to have issues, so some of our core team gathered together to figure out what they were.

I have to say we were surprised at our findings.  Making our browser specific IE 7 CSS effect only IE 7, fixed the bulk of our display issues.  Generally speaking this means that IE is now rendering nearly identically to Firefox 3, and Safari.

We ended up having around 6 minor display issues to clean up, but over all this is some great news.  We should be able to release IE 8 to our campus next week sometime.

May 20, 2009 • Tags: , , • Posted in: Technology • No Comments

Introducing the Justice Department and Oracle

I was listening to a report this morning on NPR which was talking about how the Justice Dept. Plans Stronger Antitrust Push.  A lot of this seems to be focusing on Microsoft and Google.   While it’s true that Google seems more like a force to be reconed with these days I feel that there is one other company that should be included in this list: Oracle.

Oracle has recently published Sun (Hardware, OS, Java Platform), BEA (Java Application Stack), PeopleSoft (ERP), and many others.  This has effectively put them in the position where they own every product used to make many of the fortune 500 companies run.  Owning the Java Platform could also have the potential of being abused in a way that puts their competitors at a disadvantage.

I wonder how long it will be before Oracle is talking with the new Sherif in town.

May 11, 2009 • Tags:  • Posted in: Opinions • No Comments

Electronic Music

I spoke yesterday with some friends about my dabbling in Electronic Music in college. This song is made up entirely of samples I took from a 50’s radio play written by Ray Bradbury entitled “The Screaming Woman.”  I don’t remember the software I used at this point, but I do remember this process was very labor intensive, particularly since it was my first foray into sampling.  I don’t remember how long it took me, but it was a significant amount of time, despite the fact that this is only 2 minutes long.

Here is the song:

Edit: I just found the flash file I did for this song.  It includes a number of scans out of the Church of the Subgenius book.

May 6, 2009 • Tags:  • Posted in: Music, Technology • No Comments