Origami: Textbook viral marketing

Apparently, "it's been pretty much established as fact that Origami is a new "ultramobile lifestyle PC" from Microsoft."

This fits a couple other data points, but we'll just have to see. One way or the other, though, whoever organized this "mystery" sure earned their pay. I suspect that 90% of …

more ...


The myth of better programming languages

I like Andy Hunt, and I like Ruby, but his post at perpetuates a myth that I think is harmful. He says of Ruby, "First, more than any other language I've used, it stays out of your way. You don't have to spend any effort 'satisfying the compiler'.... I can …

more ...

MyHeritage: Inspiring Leader

Oh, you have to try My Heritage. It diagnosed my temperament perfectly:

more ...

Refactoring vs. Procedural Code: Would you refactor this?

When my application starts, it sets in motion a process by which an event is received back at the main form. It's an event that's common enough (let's say, "Maximize Window") but the first time I receive it, I have to process it in a special manner. So, I have …

more ...

Cheney. Dick Cheney.

What's troubling about this is that the press, in reporting this incident, jeopardizes the plan by which Cheney poses as a geriatric heart patient, lures terrorists into range, and then blasts them to hell.

more ...

Take That, Options Scalper!

It's always nice to make a blogroll cut.

But then, optionsScalper gloats about coming in "above" me, so of course I check to see how out-ranked I am.

You'd think that a guy who makes his business in derivatives trading would recognize alphabetical ordering.

more ...

RIP: Mansour Safai

Mansour Safai, an important player in the software development tools industry, has died. He was still young and my thoughts are with his family and children.

more ...

Novell a good fit for ex-Borland Delphi Group

Of all the scenarios being mooted on the purchase of Borland's line of compilers and IDEs, the one that I like the most is Novell.

Novell's Mono project includes an implementation of the .NET CLI that runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, and a number of UNIXes. The Delphi group …

more ...

No-Longer-Borland Folk Seem Confident

Every indication is that the people involved in Borland's compilers and IDE are confident that they will carry the products forward.

I talked to a couple people and I still haven't heard of a specific suitor, but there's also a real tone of confidence.

There's already a "Delphi Corporation", but …

more ...