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And comes with a “web search bill of rights”. And is known as @blekko. RT @splattne Search engine
is online. via @stephanw
I know that Google had seriously messed up something if I bump into two new search engines within a day. Check out @duckduckgo and @blekko!
I don't know much about them yet, but I suppose it's needless to say that anything with ducks in its name is so much cooler than the rest:-)
@logosity Alas, with your vote alone they wouldn't win the elections.
Ah, btw, yes! RT @alblue Why must web servers assume a language because of my IP's geo lookup? My browser sends Accept-Language, damnit.
What happened with phpMyId? Why is it deprecated?
That's #positivember news! RT @FRESHthemovie Monsanto's going down! Great overview of Monsanto's REALLY bad year.
There are two kinds of themes for FF: those with button skins and those with images as backdrops. The third, with both, seems two be missing
By the way, do we really fail 60% of all IT projects? Sounds insanely high. What's the definition of failure anyway? Hhmm…
And I used DuckDuckGo all day and it did deliver decent results. Google I say, your days are numbered. The Duck shall quack on your funeral!
@alblue @crazybob So these were the elections everybody's been talking about! Now I understand why the turmoil: Java is an emotional issue.
@carlfish Yes, that's the scariest bit.
Reorg in da house!
Managers gonna manage.
Why are there so many open source
systems around? And how do they make a living from it? And do they?
@unclebobmartin @marick Interesting: aging democracy == downward spiral.
Must check the calendar, though I'm pretty certain that Oracle took over Sun on the very birthday of PostgreSQL.
Am listening to my old Volume compilations I'm astounded at the outstanding quality of material on them. What's the current day equivalent?
Marc Fleury on what printing a trillion dollars means in
+1 RT @tottinge Bash's $() construct is still one of the best syntax improvements ever.
I don't know Model Driven Development is supposed to work. I can't think straight if pretty girls are around.
@tedneward Wow, Dude, bummers. Hope that nazi didn't throw a mug at your face:-)))
@gaudol Any news on how the CPP plugin's doing?
Today I got bitten by the experience of an open source zombie that goes by the name of MetriC++. Serves me well for being too optimistic:-/
@wallingf I'm glad you could decipher the hidden meaning despite me having left out 'how'
I hereby promise - and you will be the witness - to proofread everything before hitting 'send'.
The remaining errors will go on the account of my incompetence in the English language. Now. Is that an upper- or lowercase 'E'?
I still recall Bruce Eckel going crazy for Flex, not long ago. I wonder, what he's up to nowadays. I used to like his stuff. Check this out:
I'm beginning to wonder if the sum total pain caused by the box-and-arrow crowd has outweighed the occasional usefulness of UML. – C. Gross
I'm pretty certain about my verdict on UML: a practical idea that should never have left the whiteboard.
“There is a small section of the population that will be happy with anything. Microsoft did actually sell some Zunes” @DanielEran in …
RT @DanielEran New: Windows Phone Crisis: how Dell can make things even worse for WP7 -
@coreyhaines Speaking about ultimate meaning: when are you going to be in Switzerland? It's hard to remain a #positivember w/o guidance:-)
@coreyhaines Yeah, tried to entertain him with raclette but he didn't try any of our hungarian cuisine:-)
@garybernhardt @coreyhaines Thanks Gary, I'm truly glad you've enjoyed it!
@coreyhaines Would be great! Just put out a tweet when planning your trip. And I can promise some truly #finometel things:-D
Just go your way. The mainstream's going to be elsewhere. RT @bradfordcross When contrarian is mainstream, anti-contrarian is the way to go.
@marick Wish I could've seen that too. Possibly it would've helped to erase my nightmarish flashbacks of the days I spent with Rational Rose
I blame my early days with Forth for preferring to comment in the Reverse Polish style on RTs.
I, for one, welcome my shiny new fourth generational portable computerized telephone. I mean, overlord, really.
Same here. RT @jasongorman It's been a week of disappointments, but I'm not going to let it get me down. Onwards and upwards! #positivember
@tottinge It depends… I'm trying to enforce a 150 limit but with your 117 perhaps there's room for one more?
@chadfowler @mfeathers I endorse the case of Murakami and would also recommend “Kafka on the shore” and “Hard boiled wonderland”.
@mfeathers Ugh, re. Murakami: sorry, next time I'll read ahead:-)
his voice is somewhat clumsy when in the material world and only gets fluent in his dreamlike alternate universes
This 4G is nice indeed. The 3GS to 4G step is where quantitative changes turned qualitative.
@coreyhaines I find that most times they're used as an excuse for not having to think things through and as a lame kind of insurance policy.
@coreyhaines Their chief damage, then, is the habit of avoidance of thinking. Besides Big Design.
Defining Design: RT @coreyhaines Why 'refactor towards a pattern' when you can simply refactor, let the rules of simple design guide you.
@alblue @coreyhaines Perhaps they should've been called Thought Patterns. And not take hundreds of pages for defining some simple words:-)
Anyone thinking well would arrive in a Design Pattern anyways - when really called for (seldom the case). Their only use is the dictionary.
@alblue Yeah, I guess this was about different aspects. Aligning our meta-structures vs. avoiding unused complexity. Both kinda valid to me.
@garybernhardt Day trip? Budapest is a day trip from Vienna. Bratislava is a suburb in US terms:-)
Observing a tendency here. The pragmatic school of design via TDD vs. the Cathedral. Not a vs. though - more like an approximation, ideally.
@garybernhardt R u sure? That sounds sad. Not for you: Vienna is charming yet rocking (I'm not aware of their computery scene though:-)
@garybernhardt Btw you *must* try a Sacher cake at the identically named hotel. It's chocolate with some jam in it. Like the Gods wanted it.
@garybernhardt √ñBB Scotty (ex App Store) tells me there are several direct conns per hour, taking abt. an hour.
I may be a wallpaper freak but I'm so not going to change this screen-lock backdrop in the next year:-)
And in the fairyland of open sources, one doesn't put a big flaming THIS PROJECT IS DEAD stamp on the site but hides this in obscure forums.
What do I love more than digging around in third party sources for hints of usage of some freeware? Ah, I know: getting things done!
As much as I dislike C++ (the language), my real problem is that pretty much everything around it stinks. Today: continuous integration:-/
I know an iPhone app is from Germany if it has about a hundred switches in the settings dialog. Man-machine FTL:-(
The glossy screen of the iPhone 4 is astonishingly beautiful to look at. Too bad that one can hardly read what's behind it. A women's phone?
Instead of putting something together now I'm working on a presentation explaining why quality metrics in the wasteland of C/C++ are a FAIL.
I've got my ways of being productive, you know:-/
@polgfred As for myself, I certainly do. As for the authors of trendy integrationware (Hudson, Sonar, et al), I'm pretty certain they don't.
Had to kill the laptop at work using the power button. The drive's encrypted. Don't know yet how am I going to sleep with my fingers crossed
Just realised that my follow limit of 150 is almost exactly Dunbar's number, 148! Watch me being all scientific without even trying.
What does it say about the place I'm in if the best developers all want to “do something else” in the future? Programming is 4 REAL, people!
I'll give you my keyboard when you take it from my cold, dead hands!
@pl4n3 Good point, every movement needs a three letter acronym:-)
@polgfred Nothing wrong with your plans, I supose I'm just missing at least a few diehard geeks.
My guilty pleasures in programming include having fond memories of the -> dereferencing operator of C. Still think it looks funky.
And that's what Python does! But we'll take him out!!!
Why would one drink beer that tastes like an explosion in a chemical plant unless one doesn't have a) a tastebud and b) a clue about beer.
@jasongorman They're still somewhat better though than the bunch of total losers Gordon Ramsay picked to shout at in his US show.
The stock markets are officially crazy.
Just cancelled three tweets in a row because I didn't find them important.
Yes and I didn't smoke before:-) RT @mfeathers iPhones are the new cigarettes.
Wait! What? How? Wow! RT @jamesgolick I had absolutely no idea my iphone could do street view. _Easily_ 10x better than the web version.
I love you all and everything but how is it possible to live in the US?
As for last week's news, I don't think we've really appreciated what Apple going OpenJDK means. We can expect great things from Java again!
That renewed hope for Java is my piece of #positivember news for today.
There are absolutely no apologies from me for not reserving one core exclusively for the UI on multicore boxes. Lags and jumpiness in 2010?
Sad! RT @mtnygard Funny! The Microsoft store in Mall of America is right across the hall from the Apple store.
The trouble is with the operating systems which elevated decades old server based threading concepts onto systems with user interfaces.
Sing this corrosion to me!
All my followers should wish that the day never comes when I can push now-listening tweets with a click from Tuniac. And so do I:-)
Btw, I've set DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine in FF a week ago and am so far impressed! Da Goog can go and mine their own business;-)
@stevie_chambers Did they pass the nudie scan or the touch-up rooms?
RT @bob_koss If you don't trust your developers, there isn't a process in the world that's going to help you. Fix your real problem.
@polgfred Good point, I think it's this very sense of normality that gets lost in the unceasing stream of scary news.
Of course, there was some deep irony in this one: RT @infinitary Just cancelled three tweets in a row because I didn't find them important.
@garybernhardt @marick I'm manual all the way via Synk Backup (which rocks).
@coreyhaines Well, if you're after #positivember tweets, I guess you'll just have to follow me here:-)
@coreyhaines Fair enough, I'm glass-half-empty beyond repair;-)
‚Ä¢ @markhneedham I think the best technology empowers without getting in the way. Seamless facilitation leads to naturalness to transparence.
Thought for today: globals are an antipattern.
Was it? That's pitiful. And so unnecessary. RT @ToddWalker Well, it's The Beatles. Little Boy Who Cried Wolf? Careful, Apple.
Oh yeah? Mine feels lighter than that!
Cool piece of trivia: RT @TopologyFact Credit cards are golden rectangles.
I think the second faulty hardware component of the iMac is now replaced. A RAM chip brought random crashes and the drive used to spin down.
Dear Apple, instead of piling up billions could you please watch your component quality? Thanks
@TotherAlistair Thank you! You are my man:-) Didn't see many travel beyond his short stories or poems but it's well worth it.
@TotherAlistair Plus an unbelievable, upsetting, sad piece of trivia: he didn't get a Nobel prize. Them Swedes can have my used socks.
@mfeathers I also recommend his volumes of stories. Tloen, The Library, his various labyrinths, all dreamlike, all alluring, all mesmerising.
@Vaguery I'm just afraid that if people don't follow its history, all of Uqbar may disappear. (My favourite. One of them, anyways:-)
RT @tottinge I don't have measurements to prove it, but I suspect the time programmers waste idly is dwarfed by that of working wastefully.
I think I'm going to wear a cap with “correlation != causation” written on it from now on in every meeting. And outside.
I refuse to put 'foo' and 'bar' into my examples unless I also get to add 'baz'. Baz is the funkiest of them all!
Dear _why, when you come back, please fix the infinite loop in wipe_mutterings_from. And add more chunky bacon to the recipe!
Dear _why, thank you for fixing the infinite loop in wipe_mutterings_from without coming back. The makings of a great Rubyist include magic!
@marick OK, I'll put that on my shortlist, but that's where it ends. Peeking into the internets for hacker etimology made my head spin:-)
@polgfred It definitely correlates with my frustration about (allegedly) educated people who can't think straight; whether that causes it…
@TotherAlistair Ah, the mysteries of computing… What do our legends tell about us? I may start using the names of Nordic Gods instead:-)
@TotherAlistair me too
RT @garybernhardt Three things programmers are not allowed to not know: 1) Lisp, 2) Unix, and 2.5) one of the One True Editors.
Today I learned that Bunny Hopping is not necessary any more when doing heavy duty branching in Subversion. Would still prefer Git though:-/
@tottinge Don't worry, Eclipse's just as bad. It's a straightforward outcome of Bloater's law which in turn is the flipside of Moore's law.
WOW RT @daringfireball Apple Has Exclusive Digital Download Rights to The Beatles Until 2011:
@alblue Am just watching The Apprentice from the snowy plains of … Milton Keynes:-)
Excellent. So can I have non-XML config files then please? RT @JohnDCook You probably misunderstand XML
Here's hoping that one day the waves of SOAP's collapse reach the shores of the island of config files. What were they thinking? Were they?
Now, all of a sudden, everybody's so wise about XML. Yet I don't recall too many shouting “you're doing it wrong” when it was the Messiah.
The nice thing about living in Switzerland is that we'll go down last. That's my #positivember tweet for today.
@pragkirk Araxis rules! It does cost a bit but I keep on renewing the license so that I can get their latest.
Give up this ”… is going to win and then will own the internet” idiocy! Nobody's going to own the internet, it's impossible by definition.
When in TDD: RT @jasongorman It's advisable to think ahead. Just as long as you don't code ahead :)
@polgfred @marick What I missed is that the author didn't get into the depths of under what conditions does a democracy turn into mob rule.
Is that possible that in 2010 Firefox still can't import a profile?
RT @jasongorman [blogged] Nothing Killed Waterfall. It Evolved Into Half-Arsed Agile
+1 RT @bokmann If you think static typing is a desirable feature, then you rely too much on your compiler and not enough on your tests.
@polgfred Having written my last compiler about two decades ago, this isn't really a problem for me:-)
@polgfred And, though that also was long ago, in my fond memories of the days of NextStep, Objective-C was neither too static nor too slow.
There was a video demonstrating pair programming when it's done right and showing various failure modes. Does the #lazyweb know where it is?
@psnively @stevedekorte Not necessarily. They had bubbles fuelled in part by the Euro and now can't take corrective measures because of it.
For really good programming you need really good chocolate. Here you find the latter illustrated. Yum.
@stevedekorte A monetary union without a fiscal union and with limited potential for relocation (for cultural reasons) is a dubious recipe.
Thanks to @joefiorini, @garybernhardt, @coreyhaines, @jamesgolick and @marick for helping out with my presentation on testing and twitter:-)
RT @raganwald “Computer Science is no more about computers than Astronomy is about telescopes.”‚ÄîE. W. Dijkstra
Sorry, no computery tweets today. What else? Next time I'll do an A-B tasting with classic and buffala mozzarella b/c I'm not convinced yet.
@garybernhardt Vienna's charming, hope you'll have a great time. Don't forget to try the Sacher cake and check out the Hundertwasser houses.
@marick She made some decent tunes. Whenever Tuniac lands in Liz Phair, I turn random shuffle off.
@coreyhaines It surely doesn't look like something you'd eat, rather than something that would eat you:-))) Fine dining by Cthulhu FTW!
@garybernhardt pairNIC will show name only. DynDNS has full privacy option.
Lex Monsanto is going to “criminalize seed saving” and “give corporations … a monopoly over seeds”
- #negativember news
Now, let's think of a computery tweet… I got one: my other computer is an iPhone!
Yes. It beats me, just how Maven got a reputation of a good tool. RT @davetron5000 Finally got maven shell running. Slow and full of fail.
Maven. Because Ant didn't suck enough.
Maven. Because there's still ample place in XML's hellhole.
Maven. Because we know your product better than you.
Yes. It's a boom. Wherever you look. RT @aidy_lewis The world economy is heading towards the third super-cycle:
@chadfowler Throwing up on the floor after too much alcohol? Use the sick bags!
@haruki_zaemon It must be this net neutrality thing. All participants are neutral but some are more neutral than you
@mfeathers Yeah, but you're out of touch with reality: everything goes 3D nowadays!
(OK, I'll stop this smilie thing for a while.)
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