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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Potter Thief - [12:54 PM]

Harry Potter, the boy who lived!MSNBC: "Two British men were charged on Saturday with firearms offenses after allegedly trying to sell a stolen copy of the new Harry Potter book to a tabloid newspaper before its release." - Good grief. I want to get a look at the new book myself but I'll happily wait until July 16th.

I hope work has slowed a bit by then so I can spend some time at home reading, I know Kim and Haileigh will tear through book, so I can't wait too long to read it or they'll spoil something. We also like to listen to the audio books and I absolutely refuse to listen to them until I've read the book.
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What do you call this partnership? Inpple? Apptel? - [11:15 AM]

CNet News: "Apple has used IBM's PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel's chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said." - It'll be very interesting to see how this plays out. The folks in Cupertino, under the leadership of Steve Jobs, aren't stupid. They're playing catch-up in the MHz race and Intel has the chips. The funny thing is Apple had an OS that ran on x86 boxes the day they bought Next, remember NextStep ran on x86 boxes, but they chose to run on an Apple hardware base. Good idea.

DaisyI think there's a more interesting story here. Will Apple allow us x86'ers to purchase OSX and run it on any hardware? Somehow I kind of doubt that'll be supported. Part of the Macintosh story is it's stability. It's stable because the software runs on a tightly controlled platform. Once that's opened to anybody and their mother we'll see the same sorts of problems we see on Windows boxes, namely bad drivers(think blue screen of death.)

I wonder why the talk is about x86 when, correct me if I'm wrong, Apple boxes currently run on 64-bit cores? You would think they'd use Itanium? Jeez, I wonder what they'd have done if Alpha's were still being built by DEC instead of being made second fiddle by Compaq? (I still have an old 133Mhz DEC Alpha sitting at home.) That was a great chip, sigh.

I still want a Mac, Intel or IBM based core, I don't care. In the end Apple will do the right thing for its customers, Jobs is not a fool.
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Friday, June 03, 2005

Movie line of the week answer - [9:15 AM]

The Moose is loose!

Yesterday's movie line managed to find one player, congratulations Moose.

The correct answer is...

Thanks for playing, come back next week.
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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Score one for the Pelco family! - [12:21 PM] "Last Thursday I signed the offer and today I got medical clearance to start work. I will be leaving Paramount Farms and some great folks that I will miss working with." - We've scored a very fine coder. Richard is going to come join us Pelco'ites(?) June 20th, I for one cannot wait. He's very bright and will bring not only his enthusiasm for developing good product but his fabulous brain as well, not to mention he's fun to hang out with.

Welcome to the Pelco family RC!
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Ruby for .NET/Mono? - [12:20 PM]

Don Box: "We have two ML variants (SML.NET and F#), why can't we fund a Ruby implementation?" - I haven't read Don's site in a while so I hadn't seen this bit on Ruby, so who's going to step up and create a Ruby compiler for .NET/Mono?
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Movie line of the week - [8:29 AM]

And.... ACTION!Last night I had my mind set on a line to use, this morning it changed. Same move, different line.

Good luck, here it is...

I own the hotel, and I live there. My life is very much like Monopoly.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Wakeup! - [8:08 PM]

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Summer of Code? - [8:04 PM]

Google Blog: "We're very excited to launch our newest Open Source initiative, the Summer of Code, a program that aims to help students enter the world of Open Source software development by honing their skills on real problems with real programmers." - Maybe I need to go back to school? I found an interesting project in the list, fits right in with my desire to write a dynamic language compiler.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Dynamic Language Dreams - [11:31 AM]

Sunday night I dreamt about writing a .NET compiler for UserTalk. I've mentioned this before and I'd really LOVE to do it. Why? Just because, no special reason, I'd like to write a compiler, that's all.

The idea of creating a compiler has always interested me, that's part of the reason for my sudden interest in dynamic programming languages; that and it makes sense to use more productive languages on a daily basis. I'll probably never get around to it but it's sure nice to think about it. Smile, life is good!
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Sunday, May 29, 2005

More languages - [3:20 PM]

Recently I ran across Boo and while I was visiting the 'BOO Home' I saw a Google Ad for PowerBasic. I'd completely forgotten about this version of the Basic Language. If I'm not mistaken Borland sold PowerBasic as its own brand, TurboBasic, for a few years. I think it was a DOS only compiler at the time. Here's a bit of history on PowerBasic.

Maybe PowerBasic would make a good home for Visual Basic developers that don't want to switch to Visual Basic.NET?

I'm going to take a look at Boo as well.
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Gem of a resource - [3:17 PM]

Loud Thinking: "What Ruby lacks more than anything is good starting points for getting into the language. " - Just making a note so I can revisit this site later.

File under Ruby Resources.
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