Thursday, January 27, 2005

A Mystery of a Native SC Plant Solved

The Venus Flytrap is one of the most interesting plants on the planet and is native to North and South Carolina. Until now it has been a big mystery on what triggered the closing of its mouth-like leaves to eat its prey.

The New Magnum Force

Here is the latest, "in print", article from Thomas P. M. Barnett. It appears in this month's issue of Wired. Ever since I heard his presentation from Pop!Tech 2004 held in Camden, Maine from ITConversations I have been hooked on understanding his ideas.

I am a daily reader of his blog and I am enjoying his postings on the writing process as he works on the sequel to "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century"

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Attention.XML

Attention.xml is a new XML standard created to help solve the problems of wasting time clicking blog posts that lead to the same location and helping RSS aggregators understand what the reader wants to read and in what order.

I can also imagine uses for this in the Business Intelligence (BI) space. With Giga and Tara bytes of corporate data to aggregate, summarize, query, report on and distribute, it sure would be nice to know what people and systems are actually using a specific data set.

The problem grows even larger when the corporation allows ad-hoc reporting and reports start to grow in number until the saved reports have no value because people cannot know the difference between a one-off report giving data for a specific week of business or a detailed product line report that can help them make a valuable decision.

Maybe this specification can help in some way or at least be a starting point for one that will.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Log Parser 2.2 is Available

If you like parsing logs on the Windows platform as much as I do than you will love the new version of Log Parser. Version 2.2 adds exciting new input and output formats. Yes! XML, Yes! Active Directory, and Yes! Even the registry.
If that gets you excited wait until you experience the enhancements to the SQL Engine. Just look at this list of new date and time formats:

l (milliseconds - lower case 'L')
n (nanoseconds)
tt (AM/PM)
? (any character)

Wow! Download it here.