Archive for March 12, 2003

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Web Search From LaunchBar

Mac OS X Hints has a tip for a LaunchBar AppleScript that lets you type in a search term for your favorite engine. It’s a nice idea, but Huevos supports multiple engines and launches faster than an AppleScript applet.

Type Checking That Doesn’t Suck

These slides from a Perl talk include a good little introduction to ML- and Haskell-style type checking:

If we put a list of strings into our sort function, the compiler says that when it returns, it will have turned it into a list of ints. This is impossible. One possible explanation is that the sort function never returns. And in fact this is the case. The sort function, as we wrote it, goes into an infinite loop on any input except the empty list. This means that the type checker has found an infinite loop bug in our program. Ponder that for a minute.

SpamSieve Review

tankknight’s review on VersionTracker recalls the words of Steven Frank and John Gruber. This guy never asked for help, and didn’t provide any contact information. Since the review isn’t offensive or blatantly false, VersionTracker will probably just leave it there.


This looks useful.

Quote of the Day

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. —Richard P. Feynman