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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Dynamic Languages - [9:21 AM]

Smalltalk and Ruby.

Those are the two dynamic languages I'm going to attempt to add to my development toolbox, Python is still a strong candidate in my mind as well. I'd like to thank the folks that took the time to leave comments about their dynamic language of choice.

I see KDevelop supports Ruby, very nice guys, very nice.
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Weblogs to the rescue, again! - [8:59 AM]

Ned Batchelder: "I've had to dabble a bit with Unix machines recently, and have needed help with my rusty skills. Here are a few pages I found which helped:" - Great set of links Ned, I really need 'em. Now all I have to do is find some 'spare time' at work to actually read them and apply them.

Tiggers are wonderful things!It's been so long since I've lived on a Unix box that the new shell of choice is Bash, I used to use the Korn shell. I've actually been tempted to switch back to it but haven't taken the time.

Once our push to get the product out is complete, which I hope isn't too far off, I'll spend some quality time with my Linux dev box, some good reading materials, and lots and lots of questions for folks out there in the know.

Anyone using KDevlop on a daily basis? It looks quite nice and I'm thinking about using it. Please leave development IDE recommendations so I can take a look at them once things slow down.

It's actually tough to get people in our development organization to live on a Linux box, which is my plan moving forward because I want our product to be rock solid on that platform and not just second fiddle to the Windows version. I'm hoping I can others in my group to live in both worlds. It'll make for a much better product in both camps.
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The HP Way? - [7:27 AM]

A couple of weeks ago I'd posted about the problems we were having with our HP zd7000 series laptop. I've come to find we're not alone. Turns out good friend of mine, David Cole, had the exact same problem with a different model.

From the comments on the above post. "At home, I've had an HP pavilion zx5000 laptop since January 2004. In August 2004, it came down with the exact symptom you're describing: power cord would not power the computer or recharge the battery. Seeing as it was only 7 months, HP kindly repaired it for me free of charge, under warranty.

But now, guess what? Another 7 months later in March, 2005 (just after the warranty expired) THE SAME EXACT THING is happening AGAIN!!!"


I think they need to fix the design of their power cord to plug connection.

We've had our box back for a week now and are very pleased with it. The 17-inch display is absolutely stunning and the performance is great. In fact I think my wife spends more time with it than she does me! Smile, life is good!

But I do wonder why HP charged us for something it's aware of? Isn't this worthy of a manufacturers recall?
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Friday, May 27, 2005

New music label? - [2:42 PM]

Rex Hammock: "Just imagine the day when iTunes enables anyone who wants, to market a podcast (or indie produced music, for that matter) via the iTunes store. Why should Apple care if it's offered free or for a payment?" - Can you say new record label? I knew you could.
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Movie line of the week answer - [12:09 PM]

Good afternoon Y'All.

Our movie line of the week winner is a newbie, Mr. John M. Abate, congratulations John!

The correct answer is...

Thanks for playing!
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Order of The Phoenix? - [9:19 AM]

Fawkes the PhoenixHPANA: "Upcoming 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' director David Yates commented recently that he has had difficulty in securing permission to film a specific scene for the movie: 'I want to do a great big wizard chase past the London landmarks and it is going to be very exciting, but it has not been easy to set up.'" - Have I already forgotten there was a London chase in Order of The Phoenix, or is this a director taking "creative liberty" with the script for the movie?

Geeze guys, can't you just do the books some justice and not go too far off the beaten path?

If I've forgotten the "London chase" please forgive my bad brain.
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Movie line of the week - [9:19 AM]

Cut, cut, cut!Good morning movie liners.

So much to blog about, so little time, but I have to get this out!

Here it is; ready, set, guess!

Yeah. 220, 221, whatever it takes.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Blogging First Contact - [7:25 PM]

I've just made my first contact, here at Pelco, with someone regarding weblogging. The Our Community page is a natural fit for a weblog and our News releases page is a natural fit for an RSS feed.

The ball is rolling, let's see where it rolls.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Potter News - [9:23 AM]

Harry Potter, boy wizardThere's a bunch of craziness surrounding the next Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. Security has been beefed up and now there's rumor the plot has been leaked.

Keep it quiet, please! I want to read it for myself.
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The Linux Fool - [9:17 AM]

I hate the place I'm in right now. I'm a Linux idiot and I don't care for it a single bit. Now that's not to say I don't want to work in a Linux world, it just stinks to feel like a big dummy on a day to day basis. I didn't realize how comfortable I'd become writing code for Windows. It's a no-brainer. Now I have to think too darned much, and thinking has never been a particular strong point of mine.

Sigh...
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