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Friday, April 04, 2003


Separated at Birth? - [12:40 PM]

I'll let you be the judge, but the latest pictures coming out of Baghdad leave me wondering...

Who's the real Alfred E. Newman?

What do you think? Are they long lost twins or has Alfred E. Newman been running Iraq all this time?
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Movie line of the week answer - [11:16 AM]

Bull Durham movie posterYesterday's movie line winner is Josh Lucas, congratulations Josh!

The line comes from a great baseball movie and since baseball is just getting started I thought it was appropriate. The correct answer is...

Bull Durham

Told you it was easy!
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Thursday, April 03, 2003


Microsoft & RSS - [10:42 AM]

Yesterday it leaked out that Microsoft was supporting RSS feeds from MSDN. The announcement on Scripting News lead to others announcing, via Scripting, they had created RSS feeds for their stuff. That's excellent news! I much prefer RSS over e-mail alerts for every day updates. The organization of the feeds in Radio seems very natural to me and RSS is now probably more important to me than e-mail. Why? Well e-mail has become a haven for spammers and with RSS I'm in control. But I digress. Dave mentioned that Microsoft jumped on the bandwagon instead of jumping over it and creating their own format. That is something to cheer about. You know why that happened? There are people at MSDN that are died-in-the-wool bloggers, that's why. It was easy for them to introduce the format because they were intimate with it. Here's a perfect case of experience being worth something. I think half the time Microsoft 'invents' something new is because a PM has written a specification for something and handed it off to someone that doesn't know the slightest thing about what was spec'd (this is treasured at Microsoft for some reason). The end result is that person inventing something new because he didn't know there was something that existed before he/she started! Having bloggers embedded at MSDN is worth something. MSDN is a community, a community of developers, not unlike the communities we form with other bloggers. It's a natural for RSS and I for one am happy they're supporting it!

Anywho, that's my take on how we got RSS feeds out of MSDN. Embedded bloggers in the war to rule the web.
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Movie line of the week - [9:03 AM]

You gotta love the movies.I had a couple of great lines picked out for this week and by this morning I'd forgotten one of them, which was the better of the two. Sigh.

So this one will have to do. It's easy. If you have any trouble with it just think about what time of year it is, that might help.

Why's he calling me meat? I'm the one driving a Porsche.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2003


Worlds greatest profession - [9:42 AM]

ComputerWorld: "IT at Heart of 'Shock and Awe'" - Being a computing professional has to be the single coolest, most important job in the world. Have you ever sat down and thought about all the things that are computer driven? It's amazing to me how many different places you'll find software and hardware being used these days. I know of a certain Almond processing company that is doing some incredible stuff with a combination of hardware and software. Is that their primary business? The answer is most definitely 'No', but in the end computing affects their bottom line. There is of course a flip side to this story, but I'm not going into it today.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2003


There's no fool.... - [10:52 AM]

....like an April Fool!

Last year on this day I announced the acquisition of ATC by Apple Computer.

Now that we have this BlogShares thingine I'd better watch out for a hostile takeover!
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Monday, March 31, 2003


Hysterical! - [6:25 PM]

I was going back through Scripting News this afternoon and ran across an indirect link to BlogShares so I decided to type in the URL to this site and KERPOW I'M LISTED!

That's just too darned funny.
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Funny stuff - [10:30 AM]

In early 1992 when I started working for Visio my brain was a giant sponge. I was learning at the best pace I'd ever learned in my life and I was really, really, into computing. At times my poor wife suffered because of my computing obsession! She'd find me at the computer when she went to bed and on occasion I'd still be sitting there at six the next morning when she awoke. Then I'd head off to work.

Reading Scoble this morning made me think back on those days. My wife refers to herself as a Hacker Widow. She used to be a hacker widow, since those days I don't play with the computer much, too busy with other stuff. But that didn't stop her from plastering the name on her car!
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Great Weekend! - [10:18 AM]

Dublin California is absolutely beautiful! I see why they called it Dublin. If you've ever been to Dublin Ireland you'd pick up on it as well. The city is surrounded by rolling green foothills. Saturday it was around 80 degrees and sunny. Just beautiful. We were there for our youngest daughters volleyball tournament and really enjoyed it. To top it off our little squad of volleyball girls won the tournament! They looked unstoppable! In a couple more weeks we should be back up that direction ready to play again, probably in Tracy this time. Congratulations girls!
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