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Friday, April 26, 2002

[4:56 PM]
Howdy fellow graduate!

Hank Vigil is a fellow Exeterite. Hi Hank!
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[11:22 AM]
How'd I forget that?

One year ago yesterday we kicked Visio 2002 out the door. Maybe not out the door but at least to manufacturing. It didn't actually see the light of day until the end of May.
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[9:10 AM]
Movie line of the week answer.
That's Mr. Raptor to you buster!
Yesterday's movie line was from 1993's Jurassic Park, can you believe it's been nine years? This movie was the beginning of a new generation of CGI. Excellent flick.

Our winner was Mr. Adam Vandenberg, AGAIN! Congratulations Adam. Runner's up were Ben Padilla and Brian Landers, you guys came in a little too late!

Brian included a couple of links to connection machines! Sweet! I love it when folks include trivia with their guesses. As Brian says "If Darth Vader had a supercomputer, this would be the machine."
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Thursday, April 25, 2002

[2:18 PM]
My Brother and Linux?

Looks like my "little" brother is starting to believe Linux would be a good move? Hey more power to ya bro!

Go you rebel you!

Here's a command for you to figure out, get used to it.

kill 'ps -ea | grep automoun | awk '{print $1}''

I myself haven't touched a UNIX box in YEARS! It's a powerful OS but don't expect it to be easy to use, unless of course things have changed in the last eight or so years?? (They probably have)
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[8:18 AM]
Movie line of the week

Cut, aaaaand print!Let's get on with it shall we!
I'm totally unappreciated in my time. You can run this park from this room with minimal staff for up to three days. You think that kind of automation is easy? Or Cheap? You know anybody who can network eight connection machines and debug two million lines of code for what I bid for this job? If you can, I'd love to see him try.
Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

[4:24 PM]

Every time I see Simon Fell show up in the list at that little voice inside my head says "He did?"

Is it just me?
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[3:54 PM]
Phew! Something stinks!
Phew, can you smell that?

Something in the software world is starting to smell like my grimy old sneakers.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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[11:33 AM]

Daved Kuns: "The problem is that many educators and technical staff don't have the technological background in-house to successfully evaluate technology from these practical perspectives." - Excellent! More education based blogs and articles. Keep pluggin' away Daved! [Hat tip RC]
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[10:34 AM]
Caffeine is your friend!!Mornin' Y'All

Build woes again! GRRRRRR!!!!

Coffee, I need Coffee!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

[9:52 AM]

Lots and lots of talk about Gates' testimony yesterday. Take your pick of standard reporting. Then you can read some of the more opinionated views. I think they're more fun to read myself.

Archive problems

I'm sorry if you've been trying to get to my archives for last week's post. I'm having some trouble with them but I hope to straighten them out soon! Stay tuned!


I'm a Christian, Zacarias Moussaoui is a Muslim. He hates me for what I am, what I believe, and where I live. He's getting ready to go to trial for conspiring in the September 11 terror attacks. Read the article. While I don't agree with Mr. Moussaoui I think you have to give him credit for at least believing in something, and being willing to die for it. He's calling us to task. All I can say is be prepared.
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Monday, April 22, 2002

[9:10 AM]
No surprise

Wired: "At a hearing last week, Feinstein showed her colleagues a pirated movie that she said an aide had downloaded from a file-trading service." - Ms. Feinstein. There's your target, the aide that downloaded the illegal copy from the file-trading service. Notice the word "file-trading" doesn't imply illegal copies of media? Go after the folks that are breaking the law not the people that want a convenient way to listen, or view, the media they purchased legally. [via Scripting News]


How do you start your morning? Mine starts with a quad mocha followed by a quick check of last nights build and a scan through e-mail to see if there are any gotchas that need taking care of. Then I visit Scripting News,, and Sometimes I post to my blog right away, other times I don't. It depends on what I feel like saying.

I think about how my day started ten years ago. The only difference from ten years past? Scripting News,, and Old habits die hard.

Around this time in 1992 I was getting my feet wet with a product called Mainline. Mainline was the codename for what was to become Visio 1.0. At the time we were busy trying to figure out how to automate the testing of the UI and other pieces, like the recalc engine behind ever Visio shape. My first two years at Visio were the most rewarding of my software "career" (I hate that word, career.) and I'll always look back on them with fond memories.
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