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Name: Frank Tobin
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Most of my programming efforts are with projects located at SourceForge, where I have a developer account. See there for information on my projects.

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11 Oct 2000 (updated 11 Jan 2001 at 03:11 UTC) »

I have now stopped using Advogato as my site for my diaries; now, I use SourceForge for my diary entries. Feel free to look there for my new diary entries. You can even monitor it, if you like.

Currently, I'm taking a Software Engineering course at my university, and it's proving that so far, much of the stuff I have learned on my own, such as using bug-tracking forums, CVS, and reading books such as XP have been the right choice so far. I think my experiences of holding several projects of my own on SourceForge are going to prove invaluable.

Recently I've been on an XHTML binge, making sure that all of my pages validate. In line with this also means making heavy use of Cascading Style Sheets, which are very nice to use.

Unfortunately, when using Netscape 4.x, one needs to turn on Javascript to actually get Style Sheets enabled, even through it doesn't seem like you should. Irregardless, Netscape 4.x does not do a very good job of rendering many different types of CSS well. Mozilla and Internet Explorer, on the other hand, do seem to do an excellent job; for instance, take a look at my personal page with both Netscape 4.x and then Mozilla or IE. There is a noticeable improvement.

Over the past day I've been reading up on RSS and RDF, two fascinating technologies. O'Reilly has really been pushing this technology, for various reasons, and has many good articles and links.

Following reading all of this, I've downloaded XML::Parser to toy with it and see if I can start creating a small RSS aggregator such as Meerkat. My first RSS file will allow me to test all sorts of fun stuff, and see if I can even get my local ACM chapter to centralize our SIGS news.

Studying for finals, reading Technocrat.net's editorial on music spread and am being thorougly saddened. In my opinion, the people requiring others to keep secrets is one of the biggest problems society relies on. I believe this dilemna is at the heart of the debate. Society needs to learn to cope with information spread. I feel so strongly and emotional about this it brings me to tears. I hope my writings help some of us feel the same way.

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ftobin certified others as follows:

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  • ftobin certified kkenn as Journeyer
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  • ftobin certified esr as Master
  • ftobin certified rwatson as Master
  • ftobin certified SIrabbi as Apprentice
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