Thursday, September 25, 2008

Solaris on its deathbed

An article in the New York Times about Solaris being on its deathbed.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Bad Bailout, Bad.

That article, and that story at Bloomberg. Bailout Bad.

It's like giving money to gamblers.

I have a really bad feeling about that. Now we start to see the extent to which the not-so-All-Powerful US government can go. It's not going to be enough.

The day the US government balks at the buying of the bad debt, (say when it reaches 1 trillion) the economy will still tank.

The fact of the matter is that the US needs inflation now to drive salaries up so that people can actually pay their 30-year fixed mortgages. There's nothing that can be done with ARM. They are going to default wholesale. There's no reason for people to try to work out a deal on their ARM now... Just wait a few months and sell it to the Govt.

I think Wall Street is going to realize this soonest. And then: roller-coaster again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

great question at stackoverflow

Great question at stackoverflow. What should developer know before building a public website. Lots of useful info and insight.

This website from Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky is turning out to be highly valuable. I hope they can scale, because they're about to be the Hot Property on the web.

Monday, September 15, 2008

stackoverflow.com is out of private beta!

Go get your fix, great unwashed programmer masses, stackoverflow is out of private beta as of a few minutes ago!

Update: It's not out of beta, it's just out of private beta.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Instructions for fast windows vista defragmentation.

fast being relative of course.

Windows Vista Free Registry Cleaner Instructions

From a post at msdn forums, there is a free registry cleaner at OneCare, http://onecare.live.com/scan. For vista, make sure you select the beta.

Friday, September 12, 2008

MSDN not working with Firefox on my PC


No matter what I do I keep getting this error when accessing the msdn homepage. It says:

Sorry, we were unable to service your request.

For the latest headlines and to see what's new, visit the MSDN home page.

Check out the various MSDN Developer Centers where you can find the latest product information, technical resources, and community offerings.

Visit the MSDN Library for the latest technical articles, reference documentation, downloads, and more.


This does not occur in IE6 or in Google Chrome. Go figure.

Update: I figured it out. I was logged in with my live account. When I'm logged out, it doesn't happen.

Tried again: Logged it to my live account, got the error; logged out, error went away.

snopes on the Sarah Palin letters controversy

Interesting...

I was famous* last year and I didn't even know.

I was quoted by Cote of redmonk.org in his blog. And I didn't even know.

As an aside, I found this great article on programmer productivity.

* "famous" in this context has been uncommensurately augmented.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Assorted Stuff

My sister Juliette had back surgery. She's OK according to the doctors, but can't get into a car for the next 45 days. I bought her a copy of the Lord of the Rings (the book) for her on amazon.com for $1.40. Shipping to France will offset my savings.

I tried Google Chrome, but after about 1 hour, I uninstalled it. It's true it's better than IE, but it ain't better than firefox; not for me anyway.

I tried ubiquity, the mozilla add-on, and that was Spectacular!

I'm in the beta for stackoverflow.com. Shaping up very nicely. Lots of difficult questions coming up on that site. Slant toward .NYET, but otherwise good.

Oh, Simon Stapleton sent me $10 for being the commentator of the month for August 2008 at simonstapleton.com. See, $10 bought a link. And my gratitude.