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Friday, August 04, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [12:49 PM]

I only received a few guesses this week, and a couple were correct!

Mr. James Robertson is our big winner, he correctly guessed...

Thanks for playing, come back next week!
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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Vista Smalltalk Source - [4:13 PM]

Vista Smalltalk: "Free of charge C# source code has been posted to the Vista Smalltalk site for the following assemblies" - Neato.
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Horrible development jobs - [10:56 AM]

Scott C. Reynolds: "Then I hear the sentence I would hear many times over the next couple of months: 'I don’t know why [x] is taking you so long I could stay up and have it done in Access in one night.' Some variation of that always came out. There's a good sign. So now you have the classic case of someone who knows enough about programming to do little stuff and you know, have a conversation about it, but who has no clue how to translate that knowledge out into the larger scale." - Don't get wrapped up in something like this. Run, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction. I can change the oil in my car but I wouldn't dream of telling a real mechanic how to build a high performance motor, no sir, wouldn't do it. I've been in a situation where design wasn't important, it was all about production. That job was as a IT developer, I'd rather not do that again if I can avoid it. If you've ever created an "off the shelf" product then you're thrust into that sort of environment you'll fail, miserably. I certain did.

Read the story, it's a good one. Thanks for sharing Scott.
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Movie line of the week - [9:44 AM]

And.... ACTION!Let's do one from a brand spanking new film! This year has been pretty disappointing as far as blockbusters go, but unlike a lot of folks I loved this film. I'll explain why later.

In the meantime, when you're ready, take a guess...

He's hearing the voice of God through a crossword puzzle!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Plea for Potter's Life - [1:40 PM]

Harry Potter, boy wizardCNN: "Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises." - I do believe the writing is on the wall, Harry's a goner. Later in the article Ms. Rowling says "I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original author is dead".

We're pullin' for you Harry, hang in there!
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Windows UI on Linux or BSD? - [12:57 PM]

Microsoft Cash Cow.Robert Scoble: "TomB: 'MSFT had a chance to re-work the OS and put it on top of a BSD or a LINUX kernel. They chose to stay proprietary instead. The customers will continue to pay a price for that decsion.'" - This is a snippet from a long post. This guy is barking up the wrong tree in my humble opinion. People attack the Windows Kernel all the time. I say this all the time. The Kernel is NOT THE PROBLEM. The NT Kernel is a great piece of code, I wish I had the skills to go work on it, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The layers on top of the kernel may need some attention, but the kernel is solid.

Back when I was at Microsoft I took an internals class taught by Dave Solomon called Windows Internals. All new NT developers were sent through this class, it was a real eye opener. If you're serious about understanding NT take this class, send your development teams through it, you won't regret it.
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The Smalltalk playing field widens - [9:14 AM]

James Robertson: "It looks like there's going to be a native Smalltalk for .NET, which will expand the playing field for all of us." - I talk about it all the time. I'd like to find the time to live in a dynamic language for a while, but I make a living as a curly bracer. Smalltalk and Ruby are at the top of my list of dynamic languages I'd like to work with on a daily basis. Smalltalk is particularly attractive because of it's rich library, history, and support for various platforms; it has it all. Sigh.
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Monday, July 31, 2006

National Night Out - [9:59 AM]

Visalia Times Delta: "The event will start at 6 p.m., concluding with the movie 'Pleasantville' at 8:30 p.m. on a 10-foot big screen at City Park, corner of Chestnut and D streets, Exeter." - Come by and stay a spell.
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