July 2003

Stelios Beware

Skydiver in record Channel flight

An Austrian man has become the first person to skydive across the English Channel.

Felix Baumgartner leapt from a plane above Dover at 0509 BST, landing 22 miles (35 kilometres) away in Cap Blanc-Nez near Calais just 14 minutes later.

Brings a whole new meaning to no-frills flying.

When your technology is this good, the skys the limit

It doesnt do any good to have a superb server, if everything in between is very chaotic. So we realize we have to extend autonomic capabilities across the Internet. This is where Grid computing comes in�
- Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM vice president of technology and strategy as quoted on the IBM Website.

And, putting its money where its mouth is, IBM have built its own IntraGrid, an internal network to unify IBMs worldwide RD resources and to serve as a test bed for its much vaunted grid services and solutions.

Of course, you need a reliable, easy to manage secure yet open platform to sit at the heart of a grid like this. Something like the iSeries.

Howay the Reservoir Dogs

According to BBCi, plans are under way to make a �15m Hollywood blockbuster at St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United.

The film, Goal! is the story of a Latin American who signs for a top northern club where he has difficulty settling.

And now for the fun bit

The film will be co-produced Lawrence Bender - producer of such films as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown - and production company, Milkshake Films are busily dropping hints that Quentin Tarantino might get involved.

That said, with quotes like We havent talked to Quentin about it yet, but if we get someone of Quentins calibre we will be very excited., I wouldnt hold my breath.

Shooting for Goal is scheduled to take place in January and February 2004.

XML 101

There is plenty of information out there discussing the relative merits of XML and lots of resources that help you to learn the syntax. What there wasnt so much of is material that helps you to apply XML.

Fundamentals of Web publishing with XML provides a practical description on how to use both XML and XSL to simplify website maintenance along with advice on everything from choosing an XML editor to organising your source code.

A grounding in the basic XML concepts can be found here.

Back to the Blog

After a weekend away from my laptop, I am currently catching up on email and making a fuss of the dog. Normal blogging will be resumed shortly.

If youre interested, I flew from Amsterdam to Birmingham to attend a stag night. I still cant get over the feeling that I was travelling in the wrong direction.

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

Friday, July 25th is System Administrator Appreciation Day - A special day, once a year, to acknowledge the worthiness and appreciation of the person occupying the role, especially as it is often this person who really keeps the wheels of your company turning.

Pizza is Good For You

Eating pizza cuts cancer risk

Researchers claim eating pizza regularly reduced the risk of developing oesophageal cancer by 59%.

The risk of developing colon cancer also fell by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%, they claimed.

Thats my dinner sorted out then.

(via one.point.zero)

Holland is the best country in the EU to do business

Euobserver reports on some good news from The Economist Intelligence Unit, according to which, the EU is closing the gap with the US as an attractive location to do business.

Six EU countries (Holland, Finland, the UK, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden) are in the top ten with Holland ranked highest.

Quote of the Day: The Huge Strength of Cohesion

My belief is that we really need to support and develop the culture of union and cohesion and certainly not nurture the culture of division. Selfishness, narcissism and division shall never win. We need to revive the huge strength of cohesion.
- Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy and current President of the EU, as quoted in EUobserver

They cant have can they???

If you were a company called Powergen and you had a subsidiary that operated in Italy, what would you call the Italian companys website?