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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Old Friends - [1:40 PM]

IntelliCAD Technology Consortium: "Originally code-named 'Phoenix' the IntelliCAD project came to life when Visio Corporation acquired certain assets of Boomerang Technology Inc., a privately held developer of Autodesk AutoCAD-compatible software, located in San Diego, CA." - When I was at Visio I wanted to work with this team. They were small, and very darned good. As far as I know development at the ITC is still headed up by former Visio'ite Dave Lorenzo, also a co-founder of the company that developed ArchT.
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Windows RSS Platform - [10:07 AM]

I Love RSS!Microsoft Team RSS Blog: "I wanted to take a couple of minutes to describe how the RSS Platform's download engine works. The behavior can be of interest to feed publishers who might be concerned about scalability as well as to developers and individual users who want to understand how their feeds are being kept up to date." - Long, but interesting read, maybe it'll learn ya somethin.
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Friday, April 07, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [3:19 PM]

Yesterday's movie line grabbed a few guesses, which was quite surprising.

Our big winner was Mr. James Robertson, congratulations James.

The correct answer is...

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Could it be? - [6:44 PM]

Queensland University of Technology [via DevHawk]: "Our goal is to create a compiler for the Ruby language that targets the .NET CLR. We aim to support 100% of Ruby language semantics, including all dynamic constructs such as closures and continuations. We plan to generate 100% managed and verifiable CIL code." - Get out!
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Office Live... is Alive! - [6:26 PM]

Dare Obasanjo: "If you've been curious about Office Live and have balked at checking it out due to the waiting list, now's your chance. Let the product team know what you think." - Wow, this is a big step for Microsoft. Check out the Basic Office Live, it's FREE. Very darned nice if you have a simple domain to host. Now for the bad news, I went to sign up and it doesn't like Firefox, there's your first bit of feedback Dare. We know you won't ship it like that because it's useless to a large population on the net, then again maybe you will (Apple does have .Mac, right?) You can continue with your sign up even without IE, which is nice.

Read the agreement, there's a bummer of a note in there.

"We also require a credit card to facilitate payment of services during the beta (e.g., the purchase of additional domain names) as well as at the conclusion of the beta period, when customers will be asked if they would like to continue using our services on a paid, monthly subscription basis. With your explicit permission, we can establish monthly billing using your credit card information. You will be able to continue using our services without interruption and without having to submit additional account information."

It looks like it could only be free through the Beta period, darn. I was signing up until I read that.
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Why legacy? - [8:53 AM]

Why is it NT is referred to as legacy when compared to Mac OSX? NT began development in 1988, Mac OSX is based on Mach, which began development in 1985, and BSD, which happened in the 1970's(late 70's I believe.) Strange.

Maybe legacy is referring to just the windowing environments? Hmmmm...
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At least Apple is doing well - [8:42 AM]

NY Times: "Apple's shares rose nearly 10 percent, their biggest one-day percentage gain since November 2004. Apple's gains increased demand for the shares of other technology companies, including the chip maker Intel, which makes chips for Apple computers. Intel's stock rose about 1 percent."
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Movie line of the week - [8:30 AM]

And.... ACTION!Good morning movie liners, it's been two weeks without a winner, or a guess for that matter.

Will today's line get some love? Here it is, good luck!

Actor #1: Mum sent me something... Mum sent me a dress.
Actor #2: Well it does match your eyes. Is there a bonnet?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Apples and Oranges - [7:50 AM]

NY Times: "He was referring to Really Simple Syndication, an increasingly popular, free standard used for Internet publishing. Mr. Ozzie's statement was remarkable for a chief technical officer whose company has just spent years and hundreds of millions of dollars investing in a proprietary alternative referred to as .Net." - RSS is a format, .NET is a runtime/framework(a bit of a lame explanation, I know, but so is Microsoft's own description). Someone has to read and write the feed, .NET do just as good a job as anything else, have you seen the new support in Vista for doing just that? Hey, I have a .BAT(batch) file(for you Windows folks), or a bash script(for you Unix types), right here that does a great job writing RSS feeds. I guess the guy's allowed to make those types of comparisons. The good thing about the net is we can all chime in on each other and correct mistakes. The bad thing is folks that don't know any better, executives(couldn't resist the cheap shot), will take it as gospel.
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

RSS is to Linux... - [9:30 AM]

While watching the RSS vs. Atom debate unfold I've come to the conclusion that...

RSS is to Linux as Atom is to Mac.

That may leave you scratching your head but it seems logical to me. Like Linux RSS is very hard to work with, and she ain't so pretty, but gets the job done. Where as Atom, like the Mac, is well defined and easy to use. There's power in both and you can accomplish the same things in both, but how much time do you want to spend supporting them?
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