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Saturday, March 04, 2006

DevCo "Board" meeting #2 - [9:27 AM]

Allen Bauer: "We, the DevCo leadership, smiled." - This is a unique opportunity for we average Joes, a look inside the genesis of a new organization.
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Four years ago - [9:13 AM]

I don't know why I'm looking through old posts, but it's kind of fun.

Transformed Visio VDX from OPMLFour years ago, I can't believe it's been that long, I was experimenting with Visio and OPML, and was able to produce a graphical representation of an OPML outline using a little bit of Visual Basic and the Visio Organizational Chart solution. That in turn led to Niklas Gustavsson transforming my resulting VDX(Visio's XML format) to SVG.

I never did get the time to do what I really wanted to, which was create a service that would allow you to submit OPML files and output Visio VDX files, or other formats, for you.

I sure do miss my old Visio days.
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Reminder, the important things - [9:01 AM]

A couple of years back I took a week off to install a sprinkler system, and did a lot of thinking. Here's a look at that post, and a link to a great philosophy on life.
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RIM Blinks! - [8:50 AM]

CNN: "BlackBerry maker Research in Motion said Friday it agreed to pay $612.5 million to patent holding company NTP to settle a long-running dispute that had threatened to shut down the popular wireless e-mail service for its 3 million users." - Well, I for one am glad they did. We have an entire group of folks at work that depend on our Crackberries, daily, and from what I've heard we're not yet "super" addicts.
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Friday, March 03, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [1:14 PM]

Looks like yesterday's line was fairly easy.

Our big winner is none other than Mr. Jason Bock. Congratulations Jason!

The correct answer was...


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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Initial Vista Impressions - [8:00 PM]

Eat your own dog food.A fella at work downloaded the latest Vista bits setup one of our WS5050's as a dual boot system so he could play with it. I sat down and played with it a bit. I had more than a few WOW, Oooooo, Ahhhh moments. What can I say, it looks really nice. The new Aero UI is pretty slick looking, it reminds me a lot of the Mac OS-X UI. It's very clean and has a nice 'feel'. The version I was checking out seemed a bit sluggish at times on a box that was built to push decoded video to the display at 30fps, but this is of course a beta build, so I'm sure the perf will improve dramatically. It seems that search is built into everything, and it's contextual in nature, just type a few characters and build a list of possible candidates on the fly. I like that a lot. Half my problem these days is keeping track of things, this will help immensely. I like the SideBar a lot, reminds me again of the Mac OS-X Dashboard. The big difference between the SideBar and Dashboard is the SideBar takes up less space and isn't a special mode. Other than that they seem like they're very similar. How about someone build us a compatibility layer that will allow us to run Mac OS-X Dashboard objects inside the SideBar, and vice-versa?

I didn't get a whole lot of time to work with it, just a few minutes, and I haven't the slightest clue how old applications will look or work in the new environment, but hopefully I'll get to play with it a bit more over time and give some more feedback. I'd also like to take a look at the SDK and proposed methods for bringing old apps into the Vista world, my guess is bringing apps forward will be automagic, at least I hope it is.

If you're feeling adventurous take a look, you might like what you see.
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I Love RawSugar - [10:06 AM]

I was trying to remember the name of the site established to standardize RSS Feed Icons; it was feedicons.com, but I couldn't remember that. One click on my integrated RawSugar guided search (over there to the right) and I got it, thanks fellas.
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Jason McElwain - [9:10 AM]

ESPN: "The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders." - I saw the video the other day, it made my cry like a little baby. The story is very heart warming, and the kid has game.
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Movie line of the week - [8:45 AM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!It never fails. Over the weekend, or early in the week, I'll see a movie or a line I'd like to use will just pop into my head. By the time Thursday rolls around I've forgotten it. That's exactly what happened today.

Here's what I came up with...

Actor #1: What would you say if I promised you that I would reduce the cocaine shipments to your country by half?
Actor #2: I'd say you were using too much of your own product.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Potter #7 well underway - [8:38 PM]

J.K. Rowling:

"Section: Diary

FEBRUARY 28th

This always happens. I make a plan, it looks nice and neat, then I get to actually write the book and realise that Harry can't possibly do all that in just one chapter. So what I thought were going to be two chapters have now become four. I still don't think the book will be as long as 'Phoenix', but if that keeps happening... no, it won't. I'm looking at the plan, and it can't. Surely. Please.

Nothing else I can tell you at the moment. Well, there's LOADS I could tell you at the moment, but I can't. Sorry."

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I want to say I can't wait, but I can because this is it, the final installment. Sigh...
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Talk Small... - [8:03 AM]

James Robertson: "Gee, that's simpler, isn't it? And unlike the CLR, Smalltalk didn't need to bake that query into the syntax - it's just a library message that any collection understands. Meaning, it's generic without all that extraneous syntax. Microsoft, like Sun, is grasping weakly at the power that Smalltalk already has via added complexity. Apparently, the 'value' of explicit typing is such that you need to saddle developers with a pile of syntax in order to deliver 'power'." - I love reading this guy, he absolutely slays me! We curly bracers, as a whole, have a holier than thou attitued, but James can put us in our place. While we're tracking down memory leaks, and rogue pointers, he's happily producing useful, rock solid, code in Smalltalk.

I know Ruby is now the darling of the coding world, especially when coupled with Rails, but Smalltalkers know they have something special. They even have their own web development framework, called Seaside. Check it out.

I think a lot of us "curly bracers" are beginning to migrate to the dynamic way, I know I'd like to spend some time in either Ruby or Smalltalk. Some day.

P.S. - James, if you ever feel like hiring a curly bracer, to convert of course, give me a call.
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NixBlox - [7:49 AM]

Nick Hodges: "Pursuant to that, I've decided to release NixBlox as freeware at http://www.nixblox.com. NixBlox is a set of Delphi-based ASP.NET controls. They are freeware, and include full source." - Bravo Nick! Notice he's releasing this under a free source license. The Delphi crowd is accustomed to getting source code with their components, it's part of the charm.
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Monday, February 27, 2006

It's not even April - [8:05 PM]

Microsoft Cash Cow.CNet News.com: "A Vista for all seasons" - This is pretty darned funny, and it's not even April fools yet!

This has to be some sort of joke, right? I mean, really, a version of Windows that "Runs only on 32-bit machines, and will be able to handle only a limited number of programs at a time." I just can't believe they'd do something so silly.
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Iraqi Civil War - [9:01 AM]

John Robb: "We should be in the process of withdrawing from Iraq all but a small contingent troops. This would allow us to participate in the process yet it would mitigate our exposure. The absolutely worst case situation (which is increasingly possible) is that the supplies to our troops are cut off and we are forced to fight our way out through a combo of guerrillas and militias. Smart decisions, made now, will prevent this situation from careening in that direction." - I was thinking about this over the weekend, wondering what the US should be doing. It seems like we should get the heck out of Dodge while the gettin's good.
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