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Friday, September 01, 2006

Ever vacation in Salem, MA? - [11:40 AM]

Something my wife and I have always talked about is vacationing in Salem, Mass, during Halloween.

So, my question to anyone reading this is...

Have you ever vacationed in Salem during the Halloween season? Please leave comments, tell me what you thought.
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Wasabi, a language? - [11:13 AM]

Joel on Software: "Finally -- as to what we use -- Copilot is C# and ASP.Net, as I mentioned, although the Windows client is written in C++. Our older in-house code is VBScript and our newer in-house code is C#. FogBugz is written in Wasabi, a very advanced, functional-programming dialect of Basic with closures and lambdas and Rails-like active records that can be compiled down to VBScript, JavaScript, PHP4 or PHP5. Wasabi is a private, in-house language written by one of our best developers that is optimized specifically for developing FogBugz; the Wasabi compiler itself is written in C#." - Joel kind of steps in it with this post. He lays down reasons people shouldn't use Ruby and Rails to create enterprise systems, then drops that last paragraph on everyone. It actually reads like a joke, tear down the "new kid" the announce you created your own home brewed language to create a product. It's quite strange really.

Watch out! It's a blog fly!Ahhh, could it be Joel is creating controversy to announce a new programming language he's planning on selling, or some such? It wouldn't surprise me if that were the case. Remember bad attention is attention none the less.

Food for thought.
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Movie line of the week answer - [9:40 AM]

First off, thanks for playing!

Our big winner this week, drumroll please...

Mr. James Robertson! Congratulations James.

The correct answer is...


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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Would I work on Visio again? - [4:28 PM]

Visio prototype box.I've been asked that question quite a few times, even recently, and the answer is 'Yes, I'd work on it again if they'd let me telecommute.'

I was planning on staying for at least one more revision, the one that's waiting to bust out pretty soon now, then I was going to think about what to do next. Unfortunately I never made it that far. No, I wasn't fired, I just didn't want to live in Washington. I like the sunshine in California.

I wonder what the new Visio looks like? I don't know much about it.
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RawSugar fellas, can you do this? - [4:22 PM]

Steve Rubel: "Lately, I am diggin' single page aggregators that people build around a topic using feeds." - How hard would it be to make RawSugar present its vast amounts of tagged data in the form of a Singlegator?

Good for mobile users, not only with handhelds, but for anyone with access to a browser.
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Need an IT guy? - [2:34 PM]

Steven Vore: "Wow. A month ago I didn't think that this would be such an emotional day." - Steven is a talented fellow, a talented fellow looking for a job. Someone give him a call.

Hey Steven, I'm sure you could score a job at Pelco if you'd like to move from Georgia to California?
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On this day, 2001 - [1:22 PM]

I posted a funny e-mail someone sent from my desk on my last day at Shapeware, a.k.a. Visio.

"Top Ten Reasons I'm Leaving Shapeware"
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IDE's in Linux - [8:59 AM]

Slashdot: "What is the Ultimate Linux Development Environment?" - I've been thinking about the development environment I use daily; Linux, KDevelop, gcc, gdb, and something I haven't used in a while TotalView. I've used vi, and still do for small edits to scripts, I also have a copy of SlickEdit. I was hoping this Slashdot post would uncover an IDE I've never heard of, it doesn't. So far it looks like the best the open source community can produce is either KDevelop or Eclipse. I haven't tried Eclipse in a very long time and when I did it wasn't very impressive, that was a few years back, maybe it's better now. I think the thing that annoys me most about open source zealots is a machismo that exists over language choice, "C is the only choice, C++ is slow, Ruby is a toy, SmallTalk? What's SmallTalk?", or the idea that an IDE is BAD for the developer. That's just ridiculous.

I'm coming to Linux from years of Windows development, with a years development under SunOS back in 1994-95 time frame. I've used Windows IDE's since PWB, which was a text mode IDE, all the way up to Visual Studio 2003. With each iteration Microsoft has tweaked the experience and I've always been able to adjust just fine.

I would imagine at this point the best IDE for C/C++ types on *nix exists on the Apple Macintosh, XCode.

Linux has really served us well at Pelco but I believe I could personally be way more productive in a Windows based environment. The Edit, Compile, Debug cycle is integrated. For me it really comes down to the debugger, and the Visual Studio debugger is so very useful. I love writing code, setting a breakpoint, and hitting go so I can step through code, all from the same window. I haven't found the equivalent in Linux.

If someone would create a world class IDE on Linux I'm sure my employer would have NO problem paying cash to increase developer productivity.
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That's crazy talk - [8:11 AM]

ZDNet: "Snapple (Sun/Apple) pretzel logic" - I can't imagine why Apple would want to take on the baggage of Sun, but I'm not an expert on the inner workings of the Silicon Valley. Solaris is a great OS, it's free, Java is popular but losing some of its' allure to dynamic languages, especially Ruby. There may be some enterprise level thing I have no clue about that makes it attractive, but I can't see the logic.
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Movie line of the week - [7:59 AM]

Cut, cut, cut!My manager busted this line out yesterday while we were walking to lunch. I couldn't resist.

Ready, set, guess...

Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Poor Form - [7:24 AM]

News.com: "The electronics retailer this week thought it best to use e-mail to notify about 400 employees at its Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters that they no longer work for the company." - I hope this isn't a new trend?
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Very sobering - [9:22 AM]

Telegraph: "The United States is heading for bankruptcy, according to an extraordinary paper published by one of the key members of the country's central bank." - And I thought Reaganomics was bad for the country. Our current administration has managed to put us in this terrible hole in less than eight years. How do you overcome $65+trillion in debt? Read the article and you'll want to puke afterwards.

Remember, we were in the black when the Bush administration took office.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [8:52 AM]

Wow, I can't believe I missed this! On second thought, I can. Friday afternoon I had a fire drill to fight, sorry folks.

Our winner was Mr. James Robertson who correctly guessed.

Congratulations James!

Come back in a couple of days, we'll have a new line.
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Bush vs. Ahmadinejad? - [8:38 AM]

This is part of my daily strategery.CNN.com: " Iran's leader calls for TV debate with Bush" - If Clinton were still in office I'd say do it. I'm not sure President Bush could hold his own, and it looks as if the White House may feel the same? The White House called the offer a "distraction", is that code for "We'd get our butt kicked"?

You decide for yourself, as for me, I don't have a lot of faith in the man.

P.S. - This doesn't mean I support the nutter in Iran, so please don't go there.
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