Archive for September, 2005

Well what do you know? NASA agrees with me!

September 28th, 2005

Several months ago I blogged about my frustration with NASA, and how I thought it was a complete waste of time & money. Well, I guess they just needed some time to see things my way, but NASA now agrees with me! Well, maybe not all of them, but at least chief administrator Michael Griffin does according to a recent interview with USA Today. (He didn’t mention me by name, but I think it’s obvious.)

Read the interview here.


Asked Tuesday whether the shuttle had been a mistake, Griffin said, “My opinion is that it was. … It was a design which was extremely aggressive and just barely possible.” Asked whether the space station had been a mistake, he said, “Had the decision been mine, we would not have built the space station we’re building in the orbit we’re building it in.”

Griffin has made clear in previous statements that he regards the shuttle and space station as misguided. He told the Senate earlier this year that the shuttle was “deeply flawed” and that the space station was not worth “the expense, the risk and the difficulty” of flying humans to space.

Tyson Politics

Symantec’s browser report misleading

September 26th, 2005

In recent days I’ve been in a bit of a dustup with my friend Gio over at The Agency Blog concerning browser security. On that same issue, I found this cNet article very interesting…

Security Watch: In defense of Mozilla Firefox

Here are some excerpts:

Let’s look at those numbers in greater detail. Symantec says that from January through June 2005, there were 25 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities reported in Mozilla Firefox, 18 of which Symantec classified as high threats, while there were 13 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities reported in Microsoft Internet Explorer, 8 of which were classified as high threats. But Symantec’s talking about only those vulnerabilities that the vendor confirms, not all of the publicly known vulnerabilities that are out there. Microsoft is well known to be tone-deaf to independent security researchers.

…I ask only that the vendor be responsible and fix the security vulnerabilities, especially the critical ones, in a timely fashion. Microsoft isn’t one of those vendors. According to Secunia, Internet Explorer 6.x has several unpatched, critical security vulnerabilities dating back to 2003 (the first year Secunia offered its own security alerts). And this month, Microsoft arrogantly decided not to issue any security patches — none.

Tyson Technology

Katrina and the search for humanity

September 18th, 2005

Many Christians would tell you that the Lord had nothing to do with Katrina, or any other natural disaster for that matter. Some say they’re merely by-products of a fallen world, and should be treated as such. I don’t hold to that theology for a number of reasons, and esteemed story-teller Max Lucado presents a good argument for one reason: The Lord is searching for humans, and He is serious.

Read Max’s sermon here.

I really believe the Lord loves us so much that he’s willing to go to extreme measures to get our attention. (Remember, this is the same God that said if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off!) Consider for a moment the following verses of Scripture:

“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.” – Joshua 24:20

“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7

“When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?” – Amos 3:6

You must be thinking “man, Tyson, this God of yours is real mean.” No, He’s just good. We just can’t see the big picture, the canvas that he’s painting around our lives. From the beginning of time, God has pursued man, desiring to live intimately with him. Sometimes it’s just hard to get our attention.

Tyson Theology

MSN Developer Center…Coming September 13th

September 9th, 2005

Schweeeeeet! More APIs are on their way!

Tyson Search

You said it right, Ross!

September 7th, 2005

As a mentioned last week in my post about Opera, one of the things that keeps me on Firefox is the find feature. Well, just this morning I read this from Blake Ross, co-creator of FireFox:

In Firefox, we threw out the Find mechanism applications have used for decades because, frankly, it sucked.

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Tyson Search, Technology

Creating a desktop / web hybrid application

September 2nd, 2005

Man…this is so cool! I’ve been learning and writing programs in OpenLaszlo for the past 5 months or so, and I must say the technology is quite compelling. Nevertheless, I found something this morning that makes it even better. By using MultimediaBuilder, I can easily create desktop applications which load websites. This means I can distribute zOptimizur to the team to be used without a browser, even though the program is a web-based RIA program. Swanky!!! This opens the door for all types of programs (chat, email, etc) to be made available in a web or desktop format.

Tyson Technology