Laptops rule

A few months ago, I built myself a new desktop PC (”monolith”) to use at home. I made
it ridicously overpowered, and even got a nice 17″ TFT screen to go with it, thinking
that if I had a home development environment that was better than my work environment,
I would be much more motivated to do more hobby development at home, something that
I really used to like to do. But it didn’t work out that way. While I use the
computer a lot, it’s mostly for surfing, writing/blogging, media playing and
home recording. When sitting down at the desk at home, I just can’t seem to get into
the zone required for development. I thought I was just stuck in a temporary rut and
that I’d start coding again soon enough.

Well, today I brought home my work laptop, sat down in the sofa, fired up Visual Studio,
and was instantly transfered to the coding zone. What more, it was really fun again.
Thinking back, the last time I did any serious coding home was before I got the home
computer, when I used to drag down my laptop every day. While I can be very productive
sitting at a desk at work, it seems that I need to be sitting in a sofa to be productive
at home. I just wish I had something beefier than this T21 Thinkpad. Maybe if I install
XP on the desktop PC and use terminal services to access it from the laptop…

My friend Rasmus started blogging again,
and set up a system called SnipSnap,
a wiki/blog hybrid written in Java. It looks really nice, and maybe it was part of
the inspiration for me to sit down and work on my own wiki/blog/bliki thingy (mentioned before).

Blog tech: Pingbacks and trackbacks

As much as I like non-mature, loosely specified technologies, I never got that much
into what technologies go into blog publishing. I knew any blog worth its salt had
an RSS feed, so that was a requirement when I chose BlogX.
However, the pingback/trackback technologies
were largely unknown to me at the time, which was unfortunate as I now understand
they are a pretty big deal.

My first question is: Why the two standards? It seems to me they solve the same problem,
at least from reading the executive summaries?

My second question is: BlogX doesn’t support either sending or recieving any
of the *backs, no? Does third party blog clients, such as w.bloggar,
support this (Including backtrack/pingback autodiscovery?), or should the blog server
take care of sending the pings?

My third question is: At one point, I seem to recall that blogs kept track of who
were linking to them by looking at referrer headers. Is that passé as in ”oh, that’s
soooo 2003” now?

I’m really itching to write my own blog/wiki/bliki system (”because it’s there!”),
and it would seem silly not to get stuff like this right. I guess that Pie/Echo/Atom (which
is what, by the way?) has all this worked out and specified beautifully.

I actually do some programming every now and then

It seems that J2EE oriented developer site TheServerSide has
opened up a sister site oriented around the .NET platform, naturally called TheServerSide.NET.
Not being a J2EE developer, I haven’t read much from TheServerSide, but I do
recall there being some controversy about their involvement in a .NET adaption and
benchmarking of Suns ”best practices” example ”Pet Shop”. However, I do believe they
had fairly good reputation up till that point at least.

The new site looks interesting, and has a RSS feed, so I’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Already I’ve found this
interesting article
linked from it, about how to keep control over the design
of your URL’s in the ASP.NET framework. I like it when people care about how their
URLs look.

Speaking of URLs, the ones provided by this blog look pretty ugly. The BlogX software
I’m running seem to have been superceded by dasBlog,
and I was thinking about upgrading to that, but then I got to read Martin Fowlers WhatIsABliki,
and decided that it would be so more much worthwile to think about what could be done
with a Wiki-style approach to publishing. Ideally, I would like to have something
that I post to like it was a blog, but where posts that deal with the same subject
gets aggregated into Wiki-style articles over time.

In fact, that is what I wanted to do with The swedish punk/hardcore archive (SPHA)
(Now I’m gonna get soooooo many google hits from people looking for ”swedish hardcore”),
like eight years ago, only neither blogs or wiki was established at that time. I am
such a visionary.