Archive for December, 2008

The end of .NET? I can’t wait.

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Ok, I admit, that title is a bit over the edge, but still that is how I feel. Developing for .NET is increasingly becoming not fun and far too expensive. The only reason to do it is because customers expect products for .NET, but under slowly increasing pressure from developers, that is going to change. […]

Windows, the one and only

Monday, December 29th, 2008

One of the supermarkets I go to used to have self-scanning handhelds based on Linux but recently changed to Windows CE based scanners instead. I have no idea why. Can’t be the resilience, since I saw at least as many disabled scanners as I used to see with the old ones, if not more. One […]

GotoMeeting runs on the Mac!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I love GotoMeeting, but until now I had to run it under Windows. You could only run it as a viewer under OSX before, but the latest version has a full function Mac client. I opened GotoMeeting under OSX (Firefox) then under XP (Firefox) on the same machine in a full screen virtual window, and […]

x2c source

Friday, December 5th, 2008

I finally got around to putting up the source code for x2c under GPL. No, you haven’t heard of this thing and it may not seem immediately useful, but when it is useful, it’s incredibly useful. The hardest thing is coming up with full samples of what it can do, so I’ll just outline it […]

In furtherance of Mac pimping: RAID

Friday, December 5th, 2008

What do you give to a Mac Pro that has it all? A hardware RAID card, of course. Outside of the sheer pimping factor, there’s a business reason, too, of course. Yeah. Like less danger of losing stuff. Before getting one, I studiously read forums, user groups, ratings, and stuff, and came away with the […]

Meatloaf code

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

“Meatloaf code” is code that is there since a long time but nobody remembers why it’s there but everyone still respects it and keeps writing things that way. I call that “meatloaf code” based on the following anecdote that I read in one of my books, except I can’t remember which one so I apologize […]