Robert Hahn

inspired by integration

I'm always interested in infrastructure that brings people together and facilitates communication. I'm currently exploring social software, markup & scripting languages, and abstract games.

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noted on Mon, 30 Aug 2004

Database-like Search on Your Computer

I saw the news about ol’ Bill announcing that WinFS isn’t going to make the Longhorn ship date, and ended up learning a few other things in the process. Here are a few links you might want to check out:

Obviously not a complete list. If you have other links related to powerful, database-driven or database-like search on the OS level, feel free to send me an email.

noted on Sun, 15 Aug 2004

DBI-Pg problems and OS X 10.3

Dear chrome,

I was trying to install DBI-Pg on OS X 10.3. I installed the postgreSQL bundle. I had problems. Googled, found your page on DBI::Pg problems on 10.3.

At the very end, you write “Here’s hoping google spots this and it can help someone else..”

Google spotted it. It helped me. Thank you. I hope this link to your post will boost the search result ranking.

PS, if you or anyone else with related experience reads this, I still had problems with some of the tests. On t/02attribs, I got messages like this:

Can't set DBI::db=HASH(0x8950c0)->{CrazyDiamond}: unrecognised 
attribute or invalid value at t/02attribs.t line 94.
Failed test (t/02attribs.t at line 96)        
Can't set DBI::st=HASH(0x801234)->{CrazyDiamond}: unrecognised 
attribute or invalid value at t/02attribs.t line 106.
Failed test (t/02attribs.t at line 108)       
Failed test (t/02attribs.t at line 270)    
#          got: undef
#     expected: '0'

I went ahead and installed it, because it was still 99.14% ok, but any insights would be appreciated.

noted on Fri, 13 Aug 2004

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Line Art

I have never seen anything quite like this before. It’s gorgeous, it’s mesmerizing, you have to see it. Check out this series of prints as well.

I’m so trying to figure out how I could do something like this using Photoshop/Illustrator. I know they’re using custom software to build that, but I’m wanting to get in on that style of work for myself.

If I were to create works like that using low-tech techniques, how would I do it? Pencil crayons, chalk, or pastels won’t work; you can’t draw a lighter color on top of a darker one. Paint solves that problem, but you can’t keep the lines exactly the same width.

It would be possible to construct it with actual thread, but then the difficulty lies in figuring out how to fix the image in place.

If you’re a creative type, I’d love to hear your suggestions!


So I was working in my home office, and got a phone call from my wife (who called from the kitchen - we have 2 phone lines now) asking if I could just pop down for a couple of minutes in a couple of minutes. “Sure,” I said, and came down the stairs.

Turns out that I was the first customer for my daughter’s lemonade stand. What I saw was my daughter sitting primly behind a small table, a poster with some yellow scribbles approximating the shape of a lemon, a pitcher of ‘lemonade’ (it was actually water) and some cups.

She asked me which cup I wanted, then proceeded to ignore my choice and pick a different cup, and poured the lemonade into it.

After enjoying my drink, I found out that almost everything about the setup was both my daughter’s idea and creation - she set up the furniture, got the cups, told mommy what to put in the pitcher, and made and fastened the poster to the table.

Watching her play pretend on a scale like that is going to be fun.

noted on Mon, 09 Aug 2004

MSIE 7 Shipping Earlier than Longhorn?

So I was checking out Slashdot the other day, and came across this article about how MSIE 7 might be shipped before Longhorn, and I must admit to being totally confused.

See, I thought the party line from most web developers was that — let me put this diplomatically — MSIE shouldn’t be recommended or endorsed. Ever. There are a lot of good reasons, like the security issues, the lack of proper and complete PNG (and CSS) support, and I’m sure there are others I’m not recalling.

So, when Microsoft decided that the resulting massive migration away from their browser (and as a web developer, I must say I missed that memo) was bad enough that some action needed to be taken Right Now, they decided to ask us what we wanted fixed in MSIE. That’s a reasonable course of action to take.

So I’d like to put a question to those of you who were toeing the aforementioned party line: Why did you answer them?!? Maybe my background as an artist has enabled me to learn a thing or two the rest of the world didn’t. Here’s a clue: the best way to ruin someone’s chances of success isn’t to hate them. No, the best way to screw someone is to ignore them.

So, thanks to you guys, the day of writing HTML/JavaScript/CSS once, and trusting it’ll work on everything has just been pushed that much further into the future.

But then again, maybe that was the smartest thing ever. Now that I’m in business for myself, I can see that this kind of situation only means that the real losers aren’t the web developers (the good ones anyway) but our clients, because they need to pay us to develop compatible solutions.

UPDATE: Geez, I didn’t even read the comments in that Slashdot article (I did skim the article it linked to, though!) Seems like the ‘mass migration’ claim may have been slightly overstated.

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