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Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides has been an editor at O'Reilly since 1990; according to
Tim, he was the first person who was hired as an editor. He's edited
books on just about every topic, but these days, his biggest interests
are Java, Networking, and System Administration. He's been involved
with Java since very close to the beginning--although he missed the
first Java One, he was at the USENIX conference about six months earlier at which James Gosling first talked about Java to the public. Mike is also a serious pianist with a few recordings hidden online, an Amateur Radio operator who spends too much time writing logging software in Java, and an English PhD who's no longer up on high-tech critical theory.



I just received some spam-mail from the IPv6 summit, titled "The Future of Military, Homeland Defense, and New Economic Opportunities
Focus of New...

A few days ago, I needed to write a program that was essentially a variant of the well-known UNIX diff.

So, what was cool this year? The tiger on stage? I missed that. The keynotes that were more or less repeats of the previous year's keynotes? Unfortunately, I didn't miss those, though I wasn'...

The Death By UML blog piqued my interest. I admit I didn't read the big ACM article.

First, I was amused to see James's Gosling's report that John Munsch was ticked off by James's JNN. Well, not that amused. I'll throw oil on the fire...

Yesterday, a friend pointed me at this article about the WS-DISCOVERY standard. Both of us viewed it with some dismay: it would be a...

I was looking at the games site last night, and was surprised to find that only one game was shipped in a binary format and ready to play: bouldercat.

That really disappointed me. I just...

Just read Clay Shirky's talk, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy". It reminded me of something else I've read.

This rather long ramble is something I've been getting around to writing for a long time.

Jonathan Simon's weblog on the Sound API struck a nerve. I recently needed to use the javax.comm API to do serial communications with a ham radio. It's great stuff--it's easy to use, and I was...