16.9.14

The Thrill Was Gone

 An excerpt. A sharp observation figured in the blog Scripting News:
"(...) I pointed to a Seth Godin piece that I loved that said if you give up your keyboard you give up your power. He wasn't saying that virtual keyboards are no good. Though that's how Scoble (and honestly quite a few others) responded. He was saying (to me) let's not turn the Internet into another television."
 Let's not turn it  into another actual or present form of television.  I must say that the  television --  that talking box with talking heads inside it -- is as boredom as any other channel of mass-media communication known until now. Except the original Internet, of course. That was amazing. New, simple, naïve, thrilling. Geocities was gone, the thrill was gone.

Television, the kind of entertaintment that is measured by an audience. That might sound good.  If audience were less than lonely people with nothing to do each other. Maybe your target is a respectable audience of lovely and lonely grandmothers needed of human companion. 
I still remember the phrase that man told to us a  decade ago "ads between programs serve to the purpose that the families can leave their sits, and go for a moment or to the kitchen or to the sink". 
The actual television,  must evolve and become something profitable , for you, for  me and for the common wealth of the unknown audience worldwide.
This is not about the need to build or re-vamp a new kind of gadget. You do not need that. To turn the Internet into another form of television is the need of the people that actually works in this televised medium.  Because they -- the actual makers -- do not know any other form of living. They have been too much time into it, to see other interesting aspects of this televised medium.  The need for the Internet to not become another form of television is our real need, if some form of Television must go on.

Listen, we do not have enough space in the room  for more gadgets. Really. Now that we will have robots, there is no need for you to have,  nor to  hold,  in your room another dummy robotic silver screen with sound incorporated.  Having the IRC Channels, who needs to chat in front of other people?

There is a a chance for that future Televison and for the Internet. A real option. There is a  subtle possibility to turn on Television into something magic. This is : To stay away, far away from  the model of communication this Television we know has represented until now. The Internet meant sharing common knowledge while having some kind of privacy. The Television never meant that.

Let's face it: We do not have yet a generation of humans, human beings where the so called millenials are included, who are really able to decide or  evenmake how the future model of television will be and look like.

Simply because we have no model from the past.  Simply because of the reason that there has not been yet any sophisticated , neither a suitable model for the broadcasting of a still or moving image via radiowaves to receivers that project a view of the image on a picture tube.  Apart from the one we know since the fifties in the past century.  Simply because of those reasons,  it does not mean there is no other model.
Hey millenial, mention to me one suitable new aspect of that television if you can. Define Television. I do not see one. I can code, you can code, we all use the Internet, but have some advantage: I also know the tricks of the mass-media model. I have been working in and out and for huge media corporations, during my professional career.

The term vision  has disappeared from the compound word "television". If it ever was. Popcorn and farts. From black and white to colour, and viceversa. This is over.

Now, in the second decennium of our XXIst century, we have plenty of time to not spare time. Not at all.

So you , television man or television woman,  do imagine a new form of communication using that old form of stained glass.

Java 7 AND Windows OS 7

Might you need help in case you are working under a Netbeans IDE on Windows version 6.0.6002 [ aka Windows 7 ] if, for several reasons your system is dealing with an obsolete  File Transfer Protocol

Well, take these four easy steps:
  1. Run command cmd
  2. crtl+Shift+Enter to assign administrator privileges
  3. type: netsh advfirewall set global StatefulFTP disable  
  4. Upload 


Do not forget we are living in the second decennial of this our XXIst millenium.
Return to the future, and please, upgrade your operating system. Those instructions can make your day.

12.9.14

Eight dot Zero dot One

Your favourite IDE web development tool has 57 new enhancements.

Netbeans become eight dot zero dot one.

7.9.14

Welcome to VAX/VMS Version 1.60

'Analysis' is 'design' spelled backwards

Re-reading Plan 9, a source of inspiration, by the missed genious and human person Mr. Dennis Ritchie.

Addenda: In my modest opinion one of his best advices is figured in Wikiquote, cited here as a reminder:
Computer science research is different from these more traditional disciplines. Philosophically it differs from the physical sciences because it seeks not to discover, explain, or exploit the natural world, but instead to study the properties of machines of human creation. In this it as analogous to mathematics, and indeed the "science" part of computer science is, for the most part mathematical in spirit. But an inevitable aspect of computer science is the creation of computer programs: objects that, though intangible, are subject to commercial exchange.

2.9.14

Blograma FM

Blograma FM, a dedicated child theme of the superb Nowell theme, is the last dish refactored by your favourite new media and development studio : Segonquart Studio.

Blograma FM by Segonquart Studio
Blograma FM by Segonquart Studio 2014

Funny isn't that?

The receipt: The main idea for the whole development was, as you may perceive, to not touch, not to distort, but rather enhance the excellent work done by the team of developers of the theme Nowell.For this reason, time were spent in the enhancement of security protocols and server responses, following the agile approach to use as less plugins as possible.

The cooking: Following the motto "Mobile first" we concentrated our efforts working on the details, leaving the main resolution of this app to the original template.  For the main resolution I mean the process of visual communication and treatment of data.

As an example: To force an HTTPS display -- yes, that trend --  we wrote a customized .ht implementationn, considering it was a best approach than the plugin solution the Wordpress framework platform offers for free.

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule ^ 
https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Two simple lines of code, for a software extension -- a subtheme - which required more or less than 2000 lines of  hand-madecode.

The table: You might want to browse the code to dicosver or find a little bunches of subtle aromated etceteras.

The result: Blograma FM is our last re-creation. You might want to have a look at the final result here. Worth its value.

1.9.14

AE-35 Unit

Everyday is the Talk Like Hal Day, not just the 12th, in Urbana.
"Everything's running smoothly. And you? "

31.8.14

Stunneling

Due to the importance and relevance of the HTTP +TSL protocol { a.k.a. HTTPS } in our days and in the future of the web, this yours truly has been practicing and playing these days located in Europe, not with fire, but with Stunnel.

The stunnel program is designed to work as an SSL encryption wrapper between remote client and local (inetd-startable) or remote server.

Back nearly a decade ago, circa October 2004, one of Stunnel's most common uses was encrypting communications between POP or IMAP mail servers and e-mail clients.

Stunnel in a PC local machine
It could be tricky for permissions, but back onto those days Stunnel was useful even to encrypt other services like MySQL transactions to prevent wiretapping.
This method can be used to encrypt any service where neither the server nor the client are SSL-enabled. Common examples include CVS, MySQL, etc.
as Mr. Barry O'Donovan pointed in Linux Gazzette.

There is an Android, a desktop and other port downloables ready for you to be installed. The source code is released under the GNU General Public License and, as such, is freely available for download and installation.

The last update of Stunnel is dated

29.8.14

Garamond

Ecofont saves toxic ink and toner, while maintaining readability. We believe it is important to save the precious natural resources of our planet. For ourselves and for future generations.
While developing our last project, here at the Segonquart Studio headquarters, we faced a problem: There is the need to print the content, or at least facilitate this possibility to the audience and visitors.

For this simple reason, we had to decide which favored over the interests of the audience and community solution.
After investigating and conducting a  possibilities and feasibility study, we find EcoFont. A solution belonging to typographic world enabling sustainable resource-saving and clear evidence of its usefulness. We calculate the savings our client will have offering this tempered solution.


Then, we wrote a simple declaration pointing to an URI in the print CSS styles which goes to the directory from where resource is served, so you can print in paper the complete edition or some single articles from the server/website, in a sustainable way.

As you may have noticed -- looking at tyhe clean code of the mentioned project, our choice was Ecofont.

They believe -- like we do -- that it is important to save the precious natural resources of our planet for ourselves and future generations.

RFC 3987 Handling

...an IRI is defined as a sequence of characters, not as a sequence of octets. This definition accommodates the fact that IRIs may be written on paper or read over the radio as well as stored or transmitted digitally.
Internationalized Resource Identifiers is a acomplement to URIs , and is a new protocol element that is in common use in internationalization.

Language on the Web is a good point to get started.

26.8.14

Autumn 2014

Some brave news from your favourite new media & design studio { a.k.a Segonquart}.

As it has been said, as I've heard, the team are branding and cooking , and this yours truly is somehow involved on to that, an old cow.

They say it will be ready to serve chilled -- that is , it will be in beta -- around Autumn. 2104.

If you are hungry,  you can have a taste and see the flavour and how it will look like.

Click here, download the archive and use MS Excel to view it.

21.8.14

More than words

Mr. Jason Thibeault says in his article via The Pulse
...status post after status post about themselves and their kids... And I’d venture to guess that you are checking these status updates more often than you realize. Which is a clear sign that you need to check, just like you might need another cigarette, or another drink.
Well, why do not, instead, keep mantaining social moods through a blog?

What I do most like about weblogging is its un-addictiveness. This is, weblogs are a non-adictive process of comunication behaviour expressed in the formal way of doing things by example. Communication is not only inherent to our human nature, it also conforms itself our daily activities. We are born into language. A dialect for each buying, each talking, each waving, each liking or even each disliking.

A weblog is a collection of thinks, or remarks, or bookmaklets, or guess whatever is a collection of personal content or of -- using marketing terms -- interests.
Weblogs face the two aspects of interaction and communication: the self and the social . And face those aspects in a much wider, discrete and human way than focusing in a simple but effective activity stream of generated content.

Reflects the interests the editor/publisher/narrator/photographer/marketer who wants to express content and publish it in the web.

You interact with weblogs ( We-blog, I-blog, She-blogs ) in quite different and interesting moods, enhancing the way communication flows and data interacts; one can subscribe to them, or one might get involved with other them in a elegant manner.

A weblog is more than a collection of words, subtly curated and carefully published by its editor. You can even alter the chronological fact tied behind them.

A weblog is not just social. Is much more than a social thing.

16.8.14

The Coolest Protocol Ever

  • Email was a newsfeed
  • Email was the primary means of direct social communication on the Internet. 
  • Email was a digital package-delivery service
  • Email was the primary mode of networked work communication
Alexis C. Madrigal bangs on the door with his stirring and yet exciting article on the Email, as well known as SMTP Internet protocol. The best tool, ever.
Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled "web we lost." It's an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.
Being younger-than-millenial does not equals to mean stupid neither a fool. Your personal data belongs to you. Read this article, use your email, and stay well.

9.8.14

1994


Discover, like it is 1994, a world wide web server.

5.8.14

#strongerthan


I have been kindly invitedby  Jason, Karina and Sinead - The Blog Action Day Team, to spread Malala day, so you are too.

Blog Action Day was founded by Collis & Cyan Ta’eed in 2007. With the support of their team at Envato in Australia, as well as numerous volunteers, they recruited thousands of bloggers to blog about the issue of Environment on October 15, 2007 – making the first Blog Action Day an immediate and quite unexpected success.

Your choice.

11.6.14

Going Deep

 
Segonquart Studio
Wireshark on my desk

Wireshark, a useful tool analyzer for Unix and Windows. Hands on.

Purple

Picasso made ​​an extensive use of the colour purple in his works. Purple is -- as I learned -- a completely artificial colour, only seen in nature when one takes his/her glasses off and blinks her/his own eyes. Purple is the new black.

Thinking on the post of Jeff

Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399.
Heaven and angels look purple from now on.

9.6.14

ID

The Philip K. Dick novel “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said” is about a minor celebrity that loses his identity overnight. He wakes up to find that he has no identification, no record in databases, and a very real problem: He was once known by many, but now is no longer even a citizen. 
 Deranges of the virtual non-physical identity that we must consider before making hypotheses.

31.5.14

Swear It Out Loud

...Of course, I’m old enough to re­mem­ber when we had to haul the in­di­vid­u­al bits that made up our pro­grams an hour up­hill in a rag­ing snow­storm and put them to­geth­er with white glue… Se­ri­ous­ly, the tools get bet­ter and bet­ter each year.
When a programmer’s writ­ing or chang­ing code, she or he is ac­tu­al­ly edit­ing a text file. So the tool is at some lev­el a text ed­i­tor; but it’s not like any­thing you’d use to write a son­net or bud­get overview...
An excellent approach and a short narration about the fine art of programming, about over­priv­i­leged males with an ex­clu­sion prob­lem, about --most at all-- what programers do.

From the savvy knowledge point of view of  Mr. Tim Bray.

An article that you might want to read in his blog, here.

21.4.14

Carpe Noctem

The wrong market was chosen. Google Glass could be a very important tool for professional use, and not just some kind of consumer tech toy on the face of a Stanford educated hipster from Mission Bay. Anyone operating a truck, a train, a taxi, a boat or an airplane could be demanding better data to help them navigate quicker and safer. Machine operators could be fed up to the minute information about a manufacturing process. Police and security personnel could receive data about threats around them to better protect the public. The list goes on. Google should have taken this device to a specific market and worked with the developers in that industry to create business-use applications that would be used to help companies provide better services. In turn, the public would be intrigued about this important and serious tool. It would not be ridiculed if it were shown to have a useful business application. And it would’ve gone a long way to justifying the $1,500 per unit price too.
Gene Marks, on Forbes, about the miss in making an idea weareable before it goes to the common good.

12.4.14

The Rise And The Fall

I wonder what percentage of “the mobile web” is truly built and designed for “the mobile web.” Until discovery becomes more frictionless, along with more derivative value, don’t expect these numbers to change.
Mr. Matt Khoury's comment on Dixon's The Decline Of The Mobile Web.

Ace.

25.3.14

Open Sourced Hardware

“Two years ago, it sounded like a crazy mangling of apples and oranges. … We’re just at the beginning of open-source’s impact on the hardware business.”
Mr Frank Frankovsky via VentureBeat.

Singularity

The Singularity is a concept that has gained enormous currency in Silicon Valley. Several decades from now, the story goes, man will effectively merge with machine. This is seen not so much as a bold prediction but an inevitability. And the benefits will be historic. We will be able to solve problems that once seemed insurmountable. The exponential growth of computing power will create a future of abundance. We will live forever, in one form or another.
That singularity concept seemed to be right, before Geocities was closed, or down, might I say. Circa 2009.

24.3.14

Rights and Creators

The only secure method of protecting software is not giving it to the user. You'll notice you can't "pirate" Google Docs, for example. Ultimately, if you're trying to secure something, you have to assume they have full knowledge of anything you give them. You can't trust the client. This applies to preventing piracy just as much as it does to protecting a system against being compromised.

Via Ars Technica.

3.3.14

The Weight Of Perfection

... CSS and JavaScript joined forces to form the Technology of Terror: DHTML ... DHTML, which stands for "distributed HTML", was the final feather in our cap of web development tools. It would stand the test of time, ensuring that we could make snowflakes fall from the top of the page, or build an accordion menu animated image map, or building your own custom marquee except using semantic tags like div ... DHTML helped transition web development from a hobbyist pastime into a full-fledged profession. Sites like Dynamic Drive meant that instead of thinking through creative solutions for problems you face, you could just copy and paste this 50 line block of code and everything would be fixed ...
In effect, DHTML was the Twitter Bootstrap of the time.
Zacharias Holman nails the nail in your memory card, with his excellent article Only 90s Web Developers Remember This .
I miss the good ol' days, too. Worth a read.

26.2.14

Focusing

And so we had to decide, what are the fundamental directions we’re going in? And what makes sense and what doesn’t? And there were a bunch of things that didn’t. And microcosmically they might have made sense; macrocosmically they made no sense. And you know, the hardest thing is… you think about focusing, right? You think, “Well, focusing is saying yes”. No, focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. And you’ve got to say no, no, no. When you say no, you piss off people.
John Gruber quoting Steve Jobs. An excellent article that can be read here

17.2.14

Widget

The actual physical representation of an interface element. The term widget is most often used when discussing the physical appearance of a document. Widgets include buttons, listboxes, and checkboxes.
Programming Firefox, written by Mr. Kenneth C. Feldt, includes an excellent definition of the widely sprtead term widget. The book it's available through O'Reilly publishers here.

In case XUL matters to you. And XML, of course.

9.2.14

Case Studies in Miscommunication

...the CEO is really seeking, and the CEO calmly responds “I want GOD! I want a rockstar programmer who has developed highly sophisticated machine learning algorithms, has built a distributed back-end big data platform, and has started a company!
Dmitri respectfully responds back: “I wish you the best of luck finding that person.”
Analyzing the Analyzers, a brand new introspective survey of Data scientists and their work, published in June 2013 by O'Reilly Strata, is a book I have on my nighstand. Highly recommended.

7.2.14

Mode:Byte

Segonquart Studio txt
Debuggin' with Netbeans

6.2.14

Model Driven Semantic Web

In contrast to GPML, domain - specific modeling languages (DSML) capture the essential concepts of a limited domain. They address specific applications.
An Example of DSML is the W3C HyperText Markup Language (HTML).
Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering is a book written by Fernando Rivas, focusing on the next enterprise computing era, that I have the pleasure to read these days, and I bought it, here

31.1.14

Server Error

Things that happens in our everyday living. Might be good to know that lovely corporations like Dell, might have exceptions, like you and me do have. Because of exceptions are the norm, in most of the cases, in our everyday living.

Unhandled Exception
Use the stack tracer
Unhandled exceptions during the execution of the current web request, were and still are our daily bread. The rest is silence.

Note from the editor:  Please, do not read this post as if it was kind of a critical post, neither a mention of  failure, but a plea on how things in the Internet, and in the code of web applications works: Requests, and handling them against a server.
If machines behave like humans, to err is human. 

Update [12:53.00 January,31 2014] The matter of this post, Ausnahme, begleitet von einem Bild, has been quickly and professionally solved by now. The link placed outside the object image points to the expected URL