Archive for September, 2005

Developers Hitting the High Notes

Monday, September 26th, 2005

So here’s Eric’s comments on Joel’s article, “Hitting the High Notes”, where he compares a good soloist to a good choir. It’s a good read. One point I want to add. In the software world, you need team players and you need stars. But I find it works best when these folks are not on […]

Katrina Cleanup Contracts

Monday, September 26th, 2005

I believe government spends money stupidly, but consider this: More than 80 percent of the $1.5 billion in contracts signed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to clean up after Hurricane Katrina were awarded without bidding or with limited competition, the New York Times reported Monday. When you’re dealing with a disaster and need stuff […]


Monday, September 26th, 2005

The current XFA Specification is available online. XFA is XML Forms Architecture, and it’s the document format that LiveCycle Designer (the product I work on) creates.

My first gadget

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Well I have a gadget mostly working… It’s on a public server but it’s not really useful to anyone but me, since it uses an XML interface to my Linky web service that I use to manage my own personal bookmarks. Anyone can use Linky, but the gadget currently has my name hard-coded into […]

Another good Win32 blog

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Larry Osterman’s blog is good Raymond Chen type stuff.

PDC Pics

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Here are some of the pictures I took at the PDC.

Saying ‘bomb’ in an airport

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

This is a big no-no. People get carted off to jail for saying bomb in an airport. But why? Do terrorists talk about bombs while they’re in the security line? “Hey Bob, you still have the bomb? You didn’t leave it at Starbucks did you?”. Has there ever been a single case where acting on […]

Google WiFi

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Sure could have used this when I was on the road.

Home Again

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

We just spent a few days in Disneyland, and Disney has this technique that they use in a number of rides to invoke a sense of unease, to make you think that something bad could happen at any minute. The power flickers on and off. The balky generator at the Indiana Jones ride. The spooky […]

Hotels without Internet Access

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I’m in a hotel without Internet access. No sir, I don’t like it. I’ll be back home (and online) Thursday.