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Friday, March 25, 2005

Movie line of the week answer - [10:09 AM]

Ahh, it's Good Friday, and Pelco celebrates by giving us the day off!

Yesterday's movie line was a complete flop, zero guesses, but that's ok. I had a couple of replies to my question about Linux development environments. Thanks.

The correct answer is...

Come back next week.
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Open sourcers, are you listening? - [8:33 AM]

Yesterday I mentioned that I was setting up a Linux box. I haven't done any Unix'y type stuff in just over 10 years and I've become very spoiled to the tools we have on Windows. For instance, Visual Studio. It's a complete IDE; Editor, Source Browser, and Debugger all rolled into one, and it's quite good. I for one have been using some version of that tool since about 1989/1990(?)(I'm including PWB in that list BTW.) Anywho, the reason I mention that is the apparent lack of great tools on Unix/Linux boxes. Is there some kind of developer machismo that must be maintained to use a Unix box? Must I grok Vi and gdb to be a developer for that platform? Why? Why not develop a killer IDE, complete with Editor, Source Browser, and Debugger. Heck, I'd settle for a great Editor/Debugger combination. I only mention this because yesterday I had to settle for debugging with gdb, it worked, and I was able to track down a bug that didn't show it's ugly head on Windows, but boy was it painful.

So, that leads me to the question: Is there a great IDE(defined here as Editor/Debugger) for Unix/Linux?Please, drop me a line if you know of one.

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Movie line of the week - [8:25 AM]

Ok, it's 'throwback' time. Now, depending on how old you are you may not have the slightest clue where this line came from. Some of you will get it right away of course, because it is a fabulous line from a very different movie.

Here it is...

If you read the T.V. Guide, you don't need a T.V.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here. I have a feeling I've posted a line from this movie before.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Discovering Linux - [9:04 AM]

For the past two days I've been configuring my Linux development box, that's right Linux. Boy-oh-boy has Unix(Linux) come a LONG way in ten years, at least from a GUI standpoint. I've been running KDE, and it's a lot nicer than I remember X. I'm using the Linux version of Firefox to create this post, it's an amazing application, well done Mozilla folks. It's also nice to note that from a development standpoint I'm able to pick MUCH better editors than Vi or EMacs, the editor of choice for this dev team seems to be Visual SlickEdit which is quite slick. When you install KDE you get KDevelop, again a very nice improvement over the 'old days' of ten years back. Now I'm off to figure out why my build failed and I'm going to start exploring what debugger we're using for Linux development.

Wish me luck!
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Monday, March 21, 2005

I want a Millipede - [8:50 AM]

We're now getting much closer to my ultimate media center. Check out IBM's Millipede, what is it? It's a chip the size of a postage stamp that will hold up to 25 DVD's. In a word, WOW!
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