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Saturday, August 28, 2004

The Fall of Walt Disney Imagineering - [8:44 AM]

SaveDisney.com: "Unwilling to admit that the failure of Disneyland Paris was his, Eisner began ten years of enforcing tighter and tighter restraints over Walt Disney Imagineering." - How is it Eisner is still in charge of Disney? I just DO NOT get it?
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Friday, August 27, 2004

Delphi - [2:49 PM]

A while back I downloaded Delphi to give it a spin, unfortunately I haven't been able to revisit it. After the craziness of Harvest is over I hope to revisit the environment, and become acquainted with Object Pascal.

If you're tired of VB 6, don't want to write managed apps, or you'd like to build apps that don't rely on a runtime but the idea of C/C++ frightens you, consider Delphi. I'm fairly confident you won't be disappointed.
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Visual Studio Team System - [9:33 AM]

Bringin' in the harvest.CNet News: "Visual Studio Team System includes modeling tools, formerly code-named Whitehorse, which are meant to help developers more rapidly build Web services applications with visual design tools." - A couple of fellow Visio'ites are working on Whitehorse. Knowing the quality of their work I expect really great things from it.
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Movie line of the week answer - [9:14 AM]

Got a couple of correct answers to yesterday's movie line.

Congratulations to Brian Muirhead, and international winner Sean Malloy of Australia.

The correct answer was...

Thanks for playing, see you next week.
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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Your mileage may vary... - [5:11 PM]

ITtoolbox [via StronglyTyped]: "Pointers mean a general loss of efficiency and speed in a program, since it takes longer for the chip to get information in and out of a variable addressed by pointer." - While it's true the choice of C as a primary development language has caused many a company grief, comments like this really leave me scratching my head?

Pointers, pointers, pointers... Put a gun in the wrong hands and they're dangerous as well.
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Wired builds? - [3:34 PM]

Pragmatic Automation [via Slashdot]: "Your software is being automatically built and tested on a schedule. It even sends you an email when the code doesn’t compile or pass its tests. You’re certainly ahead of most projects, but email is just so 90s." - Better than your average build monitor!

Now if I could only find a job where they have automated builds?
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Windows 2006? - [10:49 AM]

CNet News: "Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said: "2006 is what we're predicting" for the final release. "It's conceivable it could slip further." " - Microsoft should seriously consider following.... Apple's lead. Yes, you read it correctly, Apple. Since the release of OS X they've had, what seems like, an update a year to the OS. I'd rather see that than a LONG lag between releases.

2006 is out there, by then you could have a LOT of switchers. If I could convince my wife we needed a Mac I'd have one, no doubt. It would be cool to learn to code for one.
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Movie line of the week - [10:34 AM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!For some reason this movie just popped into my head this morning, no I haven't watched it recently.

Actor #1: We follow orders son. We follow orders, or people die. It's that simple. Are we clear?
Actor #2: Yes, Sir.
Actor #1: Are we CLEAR?
Actor #2: Crystal.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Something for my Pascal buddies - [1:09 PM]

When in Seattle, remember your umbrella!Real Programmers don't use Pascal

Of course I don't believe that, but I remember reading that years ago and for some reason it popped back into my head. I had to Google it to see if someone preserved it.

Thankfully it has.
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