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Saturday, May 21, 2005

RSS - [10:40 AM]

I was going to chime in on the whole Ballmer RSS comment, but I don't need to, there are folks that pretty much summed up what needs saying.

I Love RSS!Mike Sax
James Robertson
Dare Obasanjo

Dave, you've pushed RSS deeply into the minds of web-heads everywhere, I wouldn't fret too much over Steve Ballmer's comment, in fact he touched on something that makes RSS super important, it's simple, which means it's easy to digest AND does what it does really well. Remember, Steve's not a technical guy, he's a salesman.

RSS is perfect for syndication, it's extensible, and best of all it's simple. For some reason folks lose sight of the value in a simple protocol.
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Friday, May 20, 2005

Movie line of the week answer - [1:07 PM]

Running a bit late on announcing our Movie line winner today. Sorry 'bout that.

Our winner, for the first time I believe, is Mr. Mike Sax. Congratulations!

Mike correctly guessed...

Thanks to all who played!
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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Please, o-please, o-please.... - [7:05 PM]

Honey.... Can I have one of these?
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Project t-shirts - [9:36 AM]

Our Director has a great sense of humor. We've recently released new bits for the Endura line of products, so of course we celebrated. Everybody got a nice t-shirt that reads.

I built the world's best IP-based digital video surveillance system and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

Very nice.
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Movie line of the week - [9:21 AM]

Hollywood!Good morning movie liners!

I didn't have to think too hard to bring you this line. There's your hint.

Here it is, guess away...

Actor #1: You know I don't like it when you do that.
Actor #2: Sorry, master. I forgot that you don't like flying.
Actor #1: I don't mind flying, but what you're doing is suicide.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

New Visio Blog - [9:39 AM]

John Marshall, Visio MVP and all around good fella, has opened the gates to a new Visio Resource!

Visio - The Blog

I'm looking forward to seeing great tricks and tips John.

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UserTalk.Net? - [9:27 AM]

Is anyone interested in creating a .Net framework implementation of the UserTalk language? I think Dave Winer's dynamic Algol inspired language would make for an interesting project. The problem is I don't have the time or the stamina to do it. Here's the grammar, if you're interested.

Just thought I'd put a bug in your ear.
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How to teach an old dog new tricks? - [9:26 AM]

Like many developers I started writing programs in good ole Basic, the one with goto's and gosubs. In my first professional development job I used Microsoft's Basic Compiler, it was absolutely incredible; fast code, ability to link with libraries written in other languages(assembly/C/etc.), and it was structured(functions and subroutines). I'd say that development system was light years ahead of Visual Basic, but that's one mans twisted viewpoint. In the late 80's I started learning C, by the early 90's I was learning C++, which I've been coding in ever since. Here we are in 2005 and I've experienced a year of C# with the .Net framework, which I think is a nice step forward in a lot of ways, although I didn't care much for ASP.Net I very much enjoy creating reusable assemblies.

All of that explanation for what? I've been coding in C++ once again, and loving every moment of it, but I often wonder if it isn't time to switch to more of a scripting language. I've heard wonderful things about Python and Ruby, and I'm also very interested in Smalltalk(thanks to James Robertson.)

The question is, how does an old dog such as myself get immersed in the gospel of yet another language? You can say all you want about Microsoft but you have to admit their developer tools are solid if nothing else. I know IronPython exists for the .Net framework but what about Ruby and Smalltalk implementations? I'm spoiled to Visual Studio.Net, it's so nicely integrated, and just works. I've really come to appreciate VS.Net now that I'm spending my days on a Linux box, you have no idea how pathetic the tools are on Linux.

Bottom line: I'm looking for Python, Ruby, and Smalltalk implementations that integrate with VS.Net. Do they exist?
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NewsGator purchases FeedDemon, TopStyle - [8:51 AM]

Nick Bradbury: "Yes, it's true: NewsGator has acquired FeedDemon and TopStyle, and brought me on board in the process." - Yowzer! How strange is that? Here I'm posting about how cool it would be to have FeedDemon hosted inside Outlook and all the while 'the game is afoot'. Wild!

The NewsGator folks just landed a couple of great applications not to mention the creative mind, and great visual sense, of their creator. Congratulations Nick!

Wow, I need to go digest the entire article to see what it means for FeedDemon, if anything.
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Monday, May 16, 2005

Free Source Foundation? - [9:03 AM]

Sunrise over the San Joaquin Valley!How does that sound for a new organization? The idea of Free Source, source without strings attached, is very appealing to me. I'd like some input. Would people like the idea of source code that is really open? What does that mean? It means I would contribute my source to the world and you could use it as is, or integrate with your project, or take bits and pieces of it without having to give back. Of course contribution of your bits back would be appreciated, but not necessary. It would also be nice for you to acknowledge where you got the source by saying something like "portions of this application based on XYZZZY" somewhere in your documentation, or the about box, but again, it would not be a requirement to use the code. That's truly open.

Is the world ready for The Free Source Foundation.
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