The right tool for the job
Scoble: "Will I engage him again and try to convince him that .NET is the right tool to use? Nope, I don't need to. He writes later 'I'll move to .NET eventually when it makes more sense to do so.'" - There are lots of folks that are waiting to make the jump, because it's prudent. Moving to .NET just for the sake of the move could prove disastrous to a product. You can bet the Office team isn't going to rewrite Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook in C# so they can say they're a .NET app. They'll continue to code the guts in C++ most likely and hook into new stuff as they see fit.
Later on Scoble says: "Note, though, that he isn't showing that he'll move to being a Web developer. Whoa, where's Joel Spolsky? I think Nick Bradbury stole my API war.
" - Not long ago I completed my first web project. I can say this much, it ain't so wonderful. It feels archaic to code for the browser. I think I'd much rather spend my time writing a killer desktop application than writing more stuff for the browser. Not that the browser or web apps aren't useful, they're just different. We definitely need them, I'd just rather not be the guy coding them if I could avoid it. Now, having said that, I believe thinking ahead of time with your architecture could lead to killer components on the backend that could be used by the browser and rich clients. That's something I'll definitely be thinking about next time around.
Free Microsoft C++ Compiler?
It's true! You can download a free C++ compiler from Microsoft.
Switching to Firefox
I'm making a switch, not that it's important, but I've been using Firefox over the past couple of days and I like it. For now I don't see that it offers anything beyond what IE gives me but I figure it's less of a target for hacks than IE is. That's a good enough reason to switch for me. Pound for pound they seem to be pretty similar and I find there is at least one thing I'd like to see Firefox do that it currently doesn't, but that's not enough to stop me from switching. I found something very interesting while browsing through Firefox Extensions, an RSS reader that plugs right into the browser! That in and of itself is worth switching for, even though it doesn't seem to work with the current release, I'm sure it'll be brought up to scratch.
Movie line of the week answer
Was it because nobody came by to look, or was it because the line probably didn't match word for word and it couldn't be Google'd out? The world may never know.
The correct answer is...
Stormy weather in Boston...
Looks like Dave has started a big storm in Boston. I think folks need to take a big breath and give it some time. He's apparently working on something to take care of folks. Free stuff sometimes comes to an end, then you gotta find a new solution. I just went through the same thing but losing your head doesn't get you anywhere. There are a LOT of super hosts out there, yes even Manilla hosting is available.
So put it in perspective and move forward.
Movie line of the week
Good morning dedicated movie liners! This mornings line came to me as I was walking down the hall. For some reason I started singing it, just as it was in the movie. Read on, you'll see what I mean.
Here it is...
Two actors singing: "Jose can you see.."
Third actor: "Oh, it's Jose, I thought it was 'O say'..."
Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here
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