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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Best application for education

...Open Office

Ok, I don't know why that would be the winner of this award, but the even more ironic aspect of this (at the sourceforge awards tonight) was that Microsoft was the presenter of the award up on stage.

I'd had a couple beers at that point, but not enough to question the reality of the experience. And on the screen it read, I kid you not, "openoffice.org sponsored by microsoft".

Dang - and no camera with me.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BBC's Robin Hood

Hooked on it. Just going through the first season now from itunes.

I'd not heard of it previously, just happened on it in itunes.

Pronounced "JAY-son"

Why do people say "jay-SAHN"? OSCON speakers much have been coached --
everyone is doing it.

From wikipedia which is inerrant...

JSON (pronounced /ˈdʒeɪsɒn/, i.e., "Jason")

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JSON

Question about Aquamacs

I'll toss this out here first...

How do people use Aquamacs? i.e. there is no command line invocation?

e.g. byte compiling a number of .el files in batch is done how? From
what I can see the most reasonable solution seems to be to maintain a
standard gnu emacs version compatible with Aquamacs to use as a batch
tool.

Really?

Thanks
Signed -- somewhat amazed at the state of emacs on macosx even windows
is almost better than

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Maybe We Should Just Say "Good Tools"

Quotes from Ted Leung...

"One of the points that I've been trying to make since I've gotten
back in to the languages space is that a lot of what is happening in
languages now is unpausing the nuclear winter that Java imposed on the
programming language space. If you haven't been following this space
for a while, you'd believe that all this dynamic language stuff was
invented in the last 5 or 10 years or so."

"Maybe we should just say "good tools" instead of IDE, since a number
of people that I've talked to seem to think that in order to be an
IDE, the tool has to be huge, written in Java, and include feature for
generating reams of boiler plate code..."

http://www.sauria.com/blog/2008/07/20/ides-and-dynamic-languages/

Monday, July 21, 2008

XMPP Summit Indicator

The XMPP Summit apparently has a history of ~12 attendees and this
year is ~40 (and maybe growing? the room is nearly overflowing).

Maybe this is an indicator that XMPP is reaching the next level of
awareness? There's a good mix of experienced folks and the curious.

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