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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Vista unmanageable? - [11:12 AM]

Charles Cook: "I've not been following the Longhorn/Vista saga too closely - its dragged on for far too long to remain interesting - so I was surprised by the extent to which .NET has been downplayed in Vista, at least according to Richard's analysis. I remember reading that WinFX was going to be a new managed sub-system alongside Win32, not on top of it, and that much of Longhorn/Vista was going to be built on top of this, but I must have missed a lot of news since then if Richard's conclusions are correct" - Wow, there's a lot of information in that post to digest. Take it how you will but it looks like Microsoft has strayed from it's all managed mantra for Longhorn. In some ways it's a shock, in others it isn't. They absolutely MUST ship a rock solid, high performance, operating system of they're going to be in big doo-doo.

In the end I really wonder if Vista is going to matter much to folks? It doesn't seem to be generating overly positive buzz. I'm sure it'll be slick but is it going to be slick enough to get people to upgrade in droves? Doubtful. My guess is new computers will be the primary distribution model for the new OS.

Eat your own dog food.I'm a bit disappointed by the news they're abandoning managed code, if the rumor is true. It appears that Microsoft has lost quite a bit of it's swagger. Apple took this very chance back when they bought NeXT and look where they are now. They have a better development model than did the old Apple and they're moving new OS releases to market at a rapid pace. How many releases of OS-X have shipped since the last release of Windows XP? I don't know the answer but it's safe to say quite a few.

Again, if the move is true, what does that tell developers out here in the real world using managed code on a daily basis to ship product? Does it say "We don't think managed code is worthy" or does it say "OS development requires something different" or does it say "Managed code is too slow, we can't use it"?

Eat your own dog food.
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Dear Santa - [11:01 AM]

Dear Santa,

Intel Core Duo PictureI know Christmas is still pretty far off but I wanted to get started to beat the last minute rush. I've been a very good boy this year and was hoping you would find it in your heart to place a brand new Apple MacBook Pro under the tree for me this year.

Most sincerely,
Rob
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Friday, January 13, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [3:08 PM]

I don't know how he does it but I have a sneaking suspicion James Robertson has written a clever piece of code that extends BottomFeeder to auto-answer for him.

In any case, Mr. Robertson is once again our winner.

The correct answer was...


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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Palmer's knee surgery - [9:57 PM]

Newsvine.com: "Carson Palmer's knee injury was 'devastating and potentially career-ending,' involving numerous ligament tears, a shredded ligament, damaged cartilage and a dislocated kneecap, his surgeon said Thursday." - I can't imagine having to rehab from such an injury. Can you imagine trying to run again? Ouch. I'd be happy to walk, much less run.
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Movie line of the week - [5:17 PM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!I'm late, I know, I'm very sorry about that. My days are all messed up right now for some reason.

Here's the line, enjoy!

Lowrider Donny...Donny? Lowrider.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Ye Olde River of News - [9:37 AM]

Scripting News: "When I went looking for the API I found it, and then added an item to my to-do list: shortly after the initial release of NewsRiver, I wanted to finish the job that Jake started back in 2002." - This is one of the things I really liked about Radio's News Reader. The format was chronological. I use a similar format in FeedDemon by setting the Surfer Newspaper grouped by Feed, sorted by Date, sort order Descending, and descriptions set to Full. It seems the most logical way to read my feeds.

Link to the NewsRiver API.

A wonderful boquet of flowers.Has anyone created a standard API for web based aggregators? I know the NewsGator folks have had The NewsGator API for quite a while now. Dave, why not use that one since you like to evangelize standards? Please don't take that as a flame, it's a legit question. I know you love making use of open standards and have pushed time and again to form standards; RSS and OPML being two such examples. Why not open NewsRiver up with the same API, thus opening NewsRiver to applications that already support the NewsGator API.
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That's gonna leave a mark - [9:36 AM]

CNN: "Firemen in a small Japanese town were left red-faced after a party to mark the end of a fire awareness promotional event ended in a blaze that badly damaged their station." - I can't even imagine how the Fire Chief is going to explain that one.
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The Big Kawasaki - [9:28 AM]

Guy Kawasaki: "Mea culpa: because one of the Garage portfolio companies, FilmLoop, wrote a Windows version of its product before a Macintosh version, I've had to use a Windows laptop for demos. It is one of those tiny Sony Vaios. I don't even know the model number because I didn'?t bond with it." - If you don't know who guy is you're probably very young. Mr. Kawasaki is a big-time Macintosh evangelist, and I'd imagine he's very well known amongst Mac enthusiast young and old.

It's nice to see him weblogging.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Yes, Apple gets it - [7:14 AM]

Check out their new iWeb desktop application, yes I know the name is goofy but it's a great idea. It gives you a way to graphically create a weblog as well as support for podcasting; heck, it even embraces RSS.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Why didn't I think of that? - [4:45 PM]

The Million Dollar Homepage: "The idea is simple: to try and make $1m (US) by selling 1,000,000 pixels for $1 each. Hence, 'The Million Dollar Homepage". The main motivation for doing this is to pay for my degree studies, because I don't like the idea of graduating with a huge student debt." - Wow, what a great idea, why didn't I think of it.

He even has a weblog.
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Monday, January 09, 2006

Mouse 1, Man 0 - [2:11 PM]

CNN: "A mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature ran back to the man's house and set it on fire." - When I first heard this I thought it was a joke, but it looks to be true. DOH!
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New and Improved ThoughtsOnThinking! - [9:59 AM]

ThoughtsOnThinking: "Well, here it is, bone stock and ugly and all, but weclome to the new ThoughtsOnThinking site. " - This is excellent Cass! You've needed this sort of presence for quite a while in my humble opinion. It's really nice to see you dive in.
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