I was deeply disappointed to discover, that .NET framework 2.0 didn't contain XQuery implementation. Apparently, it was included in one of the earlier beta releases, but then was dropped by Microsoft in favour of the forthcoming LINQ project - some sort of blend between C# and Oracle's Pro*C (probably much prettier than the latter).
Lord Chancellor has delivered his new budget speech for 2007. Surprisingly for many, he promised some tax cuts for businesses and individuals alike. Not surprisingly, most of the money will be recovered from the tax payer using new taxes and elimination of existing allowances. All in all, according to most comments, the speech is more about politics and much less about UK economy.
Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 has been released. To be honest, I don't understand why the changes required a whole SP - the list is very short and doesn't look all that important. Maybe the release notes are incomplete?
High performance computing in financial and other industries is constantly challenged by growing demand for faster results and larger volumes of data to process. FPGA - specially designed hardware units - through their ability to execute complex tasks in parallel - can substantially increase the throughput of systems and reduce data centre load. For many popular tasks a couple of machines with FPGAs on-board can replace a cluster of 50+ nodes.
So, what is the software that I hate the most? The list could be long, but some applications are internal to places where I worked and are unknown to the rest of the world. From the familiar to an average Internet user things I can mention:
- Picasa - I already wrote about my feelings toward this bastrad child of Google
At last, there is a downloadable beta of the Macromedia (now Adobe?) flash player 9 for Linux. For quite a long time release of the Linux version was lagging behind the Windows. Many popular web sites utilized features from the newer versions, and such sites were unusable on Linux.
Property-related indexes are falling on LSE, according to an article in Financial Times. Many analytics mention in their comments, that current property prices in the UK are "unrealistic". Maybe they have been talking about it for long enough to actually cause price drop in the end.
The official build of Fedora Core 6 doesn't include Firefox version 2, rather the outdated 1.5. Fortunately, a French RPM repository seems to fill the gap.
Apparently, you can also get Firefox 2 from the development branch of Fedora - simply run
yum -y --enablerepo=development update firefox
I have just installed AcdSee - and I can tell you it is way better than Google's Picasa. Starting with the simple thing - full screen viewing, and down to the proper interface and all the rest. Picasa looks like a quick hack compared to the slick and polished feeling, provided by AcdSee, and the functionality of the later is very good as well. It will take me some time to get used to it, but I