Monthly Archive: January 2007

Jan 31

I guess enough time has passed.

Jan 31

Flex is the new Java?

Bruce Eckel wrote an interesting article on the shortcomings in Java, and how much he likes Flex as a platform for future app development. I think he’s exactly right – Flex apps will run in browsers on all of the major operating systems, and there’s no reason they can’t run on the desktop using a …

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Jan 30

Writing a novel in Google Docs

I’m a pretty wired guy, and I have internet access pretty much everywhere I got except planes. I’m going to try to write my third novel via Google Docs, instead of in Open Office and Office 2003, like I did my previous two. (You can read a serialized version of the first one here: Stone …

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Jan 29

Competitor to xkcd

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Jan 29

Quote of the day

As a writer, this resonated with me. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” (Anton Chekhov)

Jan 26

I am stunned

This headline blew me away: 11 Reasons to give Microsoft Vista a chance Think about that for a second.  When have people ever had to attempt to justify or cajole people into trying a new Microsoft OS?    And then there’s Office 07. It’s even worse – people aren’t even trying to justify why you should …

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Jan 25

Carnival of the Agilists – 1/25/2007

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools How do you run your daily standups? Mark Levison summarizes the forum discussion on Daily Scrum: Sitting or Standing? More sitting – Jason Yip discusses the Patterns of Daily Standup Meetings. Michael Hugos posts on CIO Magazine about C-Level agility – Leadership for the Agile Organization (hat tip: …

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Jan 25

stylesheet woes

I tried to get the index template for the blog to load the center column first…  no joy.   I’ll have to experiment with a completely new stylesheet.     joy of joys  🙂  

Jan 22

I am remiss

I should have linked to Pete Behren’s fine edition of the Carnival of the Agilists nearly 10 days ago when he published it. Sorry Pete! (On the other hand, I had my dates confused, and thought I was supposed to deliver a new edition on the 18th, but cold-and-flu season had another plan for me. …

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Jan 17

Bias

Robin Hanson, economist-philosopher talks about bias at Overcoming Bias.   This post, in particular, caught my eye: A working paper by Ilan Yaniv says we do listen to others, but we weigh our opinion 70% and someone else’s equally qualified opinion 30%: (There’s a lot more, but this is enough for me to make my …

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Jan 17

amusing quote

Jesus saves but only Buddha makes incremental backups.

Jan 17

Thought for the day – January 17th, 2007

One of the things that I’ve noticed about myself is that I discount the complexity of computers and software, relative to the complexity of engines and carpentry.  Anyone can figure out how to set up windows shares, I think, butI feel stupid because I don’t know much about car engines. Lately I’ve been trying to …

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Jan 16

vi syntax highlighting on MacOs

to turn on syntax highlighting in macos: echo “syntax on” >> ~/.vimrc Update: I changed the command – a commentor pointed out that my previous example was incorrect in most cases.

Jan 08

Java and Flex

Yakov Fain asks Should Java Developers Care About Flex? Basically, this question could be re-phrased like this “Should I invest my time in learning this technology, are there any real (billable) projects going on in Flex?”, or like this: “I am a Java developer, and do not have too much time in my hands – …

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Jan 08

Avoid Medieval II Total War

My favorite computer game of all time is Rome Total War, and I must announce to the world that I have uninstalled Medieval II after just a couple of weeks. It is a fine game, but it crashes constantly, and the support forums basically consist of well-meaning unpaid volunteers saying “It’s your hardware, or you …

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