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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Wolf Blogger - [8:48 AM]

My good friend, Rick Wolf, has joined the weblogging world! Eggcellent!

And yes, Rick, it does mean you have to write something. Smile, life is good!
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Movie line of the week answer - [8:37 AM]

Sorry for the lateness. I had a job interview yesterday, it went well but it's a small company and I don't think it'll result in anything, but we'll see. Great little company and class guys running it, they're one of the Delphi shops in Fresno.

Anywho, we had one guess, from a Delphi guy. Our winner was Mr. Nick Hodges. Congratulations Nick!

The correct answer is...

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Update Weblogs.COM - [1:22 PM]

Scripting News: "Anyway, let's give it a couple of days to gestate. In the meantime you might start writing code." - Sounds like fun! Dave, is there a write-up, or spec, somewhere for how the endpoint currently works? It's always nice to start with existing ideas and work out from there.

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Movie line of the week - [9:26 AM]

You gotta love the movies.It's the most wonderful time of the year! So I'm hoping to post movie lines that reflect that, here's our first...

One man's life touches so many others, when he's not there it leaves an awfully big hole.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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MSN Spaces - [8:18 AM]

I think we all knew it would only be a matter of time before Microsoft jumped on the blogging bandwagon. Granted it took years, but in the end it'll be good for the community, I hope.

Microsoft's latest creation, MSN Spaces, is bound to grow the community. While I believe it's not bad for a 1.0 release it has a LONG way to go to compete with the likes of Blogger, TypePad, or Radio; not to mention all the weblog servers available for free, or a small fee.

I've created my own space so I can play with it a bit, it's currently timing out so I can't add anything, but it is a beta after all.

Some things I need to figure out...

  • Can I customize the look of the site?

  • Can I script posts from the outside? E.G. Does it support the MetaWeblog API so I can post from PowerBlog?

  • Can I push my posts to my own domain?

Points one and three are such fundamental weblog features THEY GOTTA be able to do that, right? If not there are two 'features' to add to the 2.0 release of the product.

Having said one and three are basic, they may not be a consideration for the Microsoft version of weblogging. Why? Remember, if it doesn't make money it's not worth having. I'd imagine at some point you're going to have to pay for the service, not just the webspace. At that point it might be nice if they had a premium vs. standard service. Maybe a client application with integration to Outlook and the ability to totally customize your blog so nobody knows you're using the MSN Spaces service.

Overall it's looking like a promising start!

P.S. - Why don't you guys hire me?
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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The name's McNutt, Cass McNutt... - [8:09 AM]

Cass is slowly building his software empire! Hey Cass, you're VERY close to creating your own weblogging software.

Cross your I's, dot your T's, and ship it!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Special Thanks - [9:47 AM]

A wonderful boquet of flowers.I'd like to say thanks to Bill Lazar and Richard Caetano for their help in my job hunt. Hopefully someone will read your plugs, and hire me!

Thanks guys!
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Monday, November 29, 2004

Wish I could attend - [10:08 AM]

Scripting News: "Newbies are welcome too, but please C programmers only." - I'll attend in spirit since I can't be there physically. I've been mainly lurking on the Frontier Kernel newsgroup but there are some interesting things going on. I'd still like to see the guts of Frontier and the UI separated so the scripting engine could be hosted inside another application. I also wonder how tough it would be to .NETize it?

Yeah, I know, it's open sourced, do it yourself.
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Microsoft and hiring... - [9:42 AM]

I was just talking with a friend at Microsoft and mentioned that trying to come back into the fold wasn't out of the question for me, yet. He said he thought that would be great, but I may have some trouble getting back in. I'm thinking great, someone has something against me and my name is mudd. That's not the case. According to my friend Microsoft is hiring college without coding experience, and teaching them, instead of hiring seasoned pros. You may scratch your head at first but if you think about it for a minute it makes sense. Let me 'splain.

A snowflakeMicrosoft's HUGEMUNGO growth days are over. They're at a point where they're saving money any way they can. So, instead of hiring expensive fellas that know what they're doing they hire a punk kid straight out of college, pay him peanuts, and he works his bootie off because he's used to a college dorm/frat life. It's a match made in heaven. Now I'm sure that's not an across the board hiring practice, but I'd bet that groups on the decline are being asked to consider the college kids first because it'll keep their groups profitable.

E.G. Visio as a group only earns about $500,000.00 per year, a big disappointment to Microsoft. So they need to make money by not spending money. By hiring college kids, and teaching them C/C++/Win32/COM, they can hire 2 to 1, or possibly 3 to 1, and if it doesn't work out they can just let them go and do it again. No harm, no foul.

Mr. Mini-Microsoft would probably love this practice.
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