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Saturday, November 27, 2004

More interesting stuff - [9:10 AM]

There's been a lot of talk on the Frontier Kernel newsgroup about MORE and ThinkTank. Very interesting stuff. I have a friend that's a HUGE fan of Lotus Agenda(I think that's the one, if not it's the other one they buried.)

If someone embarked on revival of one of these, or a combination of all of these, would people be willing to pay for it?

Cass did point out one that's VERY interesting, I downloaded it and played with it for a few minutes. It is quite nice and these guys could be on to a HUGE winner. I love their continuous scrolling date bar on the right, nice UI touch.
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Friday, November 26, 2004

Movie line of the week answer - [7:46 AM]

No guesses, but that doesn't surprise me. It was after all turkey day! Folks were too busy snoozing after their heavy doses of tryptophan!

The correct answer is...


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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Thanksgiving scripture? - [9:53 AM]

Couldn't resist...

"...And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.

On the same day it shall be eaten; you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the Lord."


Leviticus 22:29-30

Eat turkey, be happy!
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Some things I'd like to work on... - [9:18 AM]

I've become interested in contributing to a couple of different projects, time permitting of course.

Thunderbird - I downloaded Thunderbird a few days back to tide us over while waiting on Outlook to arrive. Funny thing is I LOVE IT! I love it so much in fact that I'm very interested in researching how tough it would be to add weblogging support to it. I'm thinking it would be a nice start to get it to support the MetaWeblog API.

Frontier - If you're a blogger you've probably heard of Manila and/or Radio. They're both Userland products built on the Frontier Kernel. Frontier was open sourced by Dave Winer not long ago and there's a nice little community building up around it.

Chances are I'll never get around to it, but they're both very interesting projects.
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Movie line of the week - [6:50 AM]

I just had to use this line. You wouldn't believe the stories Kim tells me the day after I have dreams about snakes and spiders. I'm a pretty entertaining dreamer I guess.

So here it is...

Spiders... the spiders... they were making me tap-dance. And I don't want to tap-dance!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Happy Thanksgiving! - [6:39 AM]


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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

How things are... - [9:46 AM]

Some things I'm learning about a job search. It's hard to get a job at this time of the year, there aren't many jobs in the Great San Joaquin Valley, and companies 'round these here parts chose Delphi as their primary development environment.

Now... the companies I've contacted either don't have openings or they think lacking experience in Delphi eliminates me as a serious candidate. I beg to differ. Learning another language is not a leap, especially Object Pascal. Sure it'll take some time to learn the syntax sugar, but not long. In the end it's all about understanding the problem you're trying to solve.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - [1:07 PM]

HPANA: "Because Percy has always been a minor principal and his storyline doesn't generally affect the main three characters, they've taken the decision to leave Percy in the dressing room for this film." - How'd they decide to leave Percy Weasley out of the mix? His character in Goblet takes a turn down the path of greed and power. That tells me he won't appear in Order of the Phoenix either, or will have a small role.
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I really hope they don't screw this film up. After re-visiting Prisoner of Azkaban I've come to the conclusion it's the weakest of the three films, my favorite book, turned into a so-so film. I'm afraid they'll continue making the same mistakes with Goblet. My biggest disappointments in the film are probably not biggies to most folks but being a Potter addict leads me to my conclusions. The new Dumbledore is weak. I hated how dark EVERYTHING was. It makes the wizarding world feel like everything about it is somehow dreary. The only bright spot, IMHO, was Gary Oldman's portrayal of Sirius Black.

Goblet is a very triumphant book even though it has a horrible ending. Harry kind of comes into his own in this book. I hope the producers, director, and story writers don't blow it.
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Stop gap e-mail? - [8:16 AM]

I've been living on our HP Pavilion zd7000 for the past five or so days and I didn't have a good e-mail client, until yesterday. I'd placed an order for Office Professional a couple of days ago and I haven't received it yet so I decided to download Thunderbird to tide me over. It's very nice and it includes an RSS reader, which was a big surprise! If you're living on Outlook Express you may want to evaluate Thunderbird.

I'm now wondering if a switch to Outlook is really necessary? I may have ordered it for nothing.
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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Crunch Time - [4:26 PM]

NY Times [via Slashdot]: "An anonymous writer who signed herself as "E.A. Spouse" posted on the Web a detailed account of hellish employer-mandated hours reaching beyond 80 hours a week for months." - Wow. Now people are openly complaining to the federalies about enormous OT hours. It's pretty much industry wide as far as I've seen and unfortunately it can go on for months. Prior to shipping the last release of Visio I worked on I was working between 70-80 hours a week from December through March, and I KNOW for a fact there are guys that do that year round. In fact I got a call the day after Christmas in 2002 and went in to fix bugs. Hey, talk to the guys working on NT, or the VB/VBA team, or the VS.Net guys, or the .NET team. I'd bet they're all working horrible hours. It really shouldn't be that way but it is. A balanced life should be the goal of all companies. If you're rested and have time to enjoy life you work smarter, not harder. One of the things I absolutely loved about working for Visio Corporation was Jeremy Jaech's commitment to a balanced life. We never worked seven days in a row, even during a crunch, and our crunch periods were generally VERY short, two to four weeks.

This doesn't surprise me, not at all.
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The NBA problem - [4:06 PM]

Fox Sports: " Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season Sunday..." - The NBA has a real problem. The players that make up the league are by and large punks and thugs. That's right, punks and thugs. Most of these fellas would probably be on the street selling crack to kids and performing drive-by shootings if not for a bit of athletic ability. The game is at an all time low in my humble opinion. Hopefully the fines leveled by the league today will make these guys think twice before they act.
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On the hunt - [3:07 PM]

It's been an interesting few days. I've had time to think about what I'd really like to do. I'm hoping I can get a little link love, Scoble Juice or Scripting Love, to help spread the word. There are still plenty of systems out there written in C, or C++, on Windows. The best time I've ever had as a developer was spent working on Visio. I still believe the desktop is super valuable, especially after spending the last year working mostly on webby type stuff. To me it looks like a melding of the two is where the sweet spot is. Smart clients in other words. The usefulness, speed and flexibility of the desktop married to the power of always on, continuously updated (in other words a powerful delivery system), web services.

flowersI've been thinking a LOT about doing my own thing, what that equates to I'm not exactly sure. It could be contract desktop work or development of a product, or a combination of the two. I'm also definitely interested in a full time gig, but I'm hoping it could be done remotely because I really don't want to pick up and move again. We're settled and I like where we live.

In the end I'm willing to talk about any opportunity; desktop, handheld, C/C++, C#/.NET, VB Classic, Custom Visio applications. So if you have any suggestions please drop me a line, I'm listening.
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