Monthly Archives: August 2002

Polyphonic C#

An interesting take on asynchronous methods and rendevous in C#. Home page here. (Okay, the “chord” terminology is icky. But, they’re researchers). (Yes, I like C#. It fixed a bunch of problems I had with Java. I’ll probably expound later … Continue reading

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Unfiltered (wah!)

Apparently, FYYFF is accessible to folks from behind the Great Firewall. What are they thinking? (Okay, getting banned is a sign of success. Given that three people and a cat read this site, I don’t deserve to be banned). The … Continue reading

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VW ads

I found some cool stuff on VW ads. Interesting stuff on how the VW ads were designed (modularly). This site is pushing a book, but the thumbnails are still fun. My favorite is the one with an Apollo lunar module … Continue reading

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Customer Disservice

From American Airlines’ “customer commitment” page: “American Airlines and American Eagle are in business to provide safe, dependable, and friendly air transportation to our customers, along with numerous related services. We are dedicated to making every flight you take with … Continue reading

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Music

Nik Kershaw has a new album out (well, new to me) titled to be Frank, and it’s as least as good as his 15 minutes album. Unfortunately, he’s apparently decided to stop making music for a while, due to lack … Continue reading

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"Beat on it a bit"

I drew this not-very-good doodle during a meeting in which we’d finished coding and were about to ship … something. Our director said, “Beat on it [the latest build] a bit, then we’ll send it out.” Tom DeMarco, the author … Continue reading

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Details, details

We like to think that software is infinitely malleable. I’ve been reflecting over the past couple of weeks on why what we software engineers do is particularly hard. After all, what does a software geek do every day? If you’re … Continue reading

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Note to Self

A poor workman blames his tools, but a lazy one settles for them.

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More hard-won knowledge

More stuff I learned the hard way: You can fit 240K of code in 192K of ROM if you swear at it long enough. Programmer productivity isn’t the problem. Programmer motivation is the problem. The right impetus will have someone … Continue reading

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“Kids, before all these newfangled accessories, it was like this: You didn’t get curious without permission, you didn’t look cross-eyed at someone else’s screen, and you sure as hell didn’t tell anyone about your MP3 collection. “You’ve got an unlocked … Continue reading

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