Tuesday, July 13
I just finished reading Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett. I've been thinking for a while that I should try one o fhis Discworld novels, so I picked one off the shelf at random (well, there were only 3 to choose from). I wasn't disappointed - it struck me at first as moderately amusing light fantasy, but by the end I was having a hard time not rolling out of bed laughing (what, like you never read in bed until 3 AM). And there was a real message in there, too.
I'm sure it would help to have read at least a few of the preceeding books - this is, after all, a pretty well established universe. And I don't have any idea how Feet of Clay compares to the rest of the series, but if the others are anything like this, I'll certainly be reading more.
If you happen to be looking for a way to offer telnet access to something for people who can only run (or only know how to use) a web browser, check out The Java Telnet Applet. It's a telnet client and terminal emulator that runs as a Java applet embedded on a web page. It's remarkably easy to configure, and can also run as a standalone application. The first *useful* use of Java I've really seen on the web, and an impressive attempt to make more of the 'net accessible.