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#213: The Dutch Rudder
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:34 am EDT, Apr 28, 2009

There are #212 more reasons why you should see "Zack and Miri make a Porno," but they aren't as funny to say as "Dutch Rudder."

Bretarded Meetings
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:50 am EDT, Apr 28, 2009

Inviting 16 people to a meeting is always stupid. Deadlock anyone? Inviting 16 engineers to discuss "the best architecture" is bretarded.

I hate poorly planned meetings that are an obvious waste of time. At least I'm not picking colors on a damn Powerpoint slide.

Public Booted from DVD Copying Trial Over ‘Secret’ CSS Code | Threat Level
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:17 am EDT, Apr 28, 2009

Fast forward to Friday. Patel excluded several reporters from the same courtroom in a case testing Hollywood’s lock on the DVD. The press, including Wired, CNET, Reuters, Bloomberg News Service, The New York Times and The Associated Press and other outlets were ordered removed as the guts of the case got underway.

Patel said the code of the Content Scramble System used to encrypt DVDs and prevent their copying was a “trade secret.” She told the press to scram when a University of California at Davis computer science scholar was called to testify about whether RealNetworks’ DVD copying software circumvented the CSS.

Yes, a trade secret whose defeat is well known, available for download in 42 different and interesting ways, and even printed on my T-shirt!

Public Booted from DVD Copying Trial Over ‘Secret’ CSS Code | Threat Level

'This Twitter thing is annoying as hell' -- Gregg Doyel at 6:01 p.m. - News, Fantasy, Video
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:12 am EDT, Apr 27, 2009

So there's your tweet from your sweet, Lance Armstrong. He's watching the Belgium cycling race La Fleche Wallone. Does receiving that information make you feel like you're part of something? And if so, what? And why?

Am I sounding negative? Even petty? Sue me. Everybody has a limit, and I've reached mine with Twitter, which isn't just the world's fastest-growing social networking tool. It's a religion, filling the hole in regular people's regular lives.

Don't look at me like that. I'm not the neighborhood crank, kicking you kids off my lawn. I've embraced the blogging revolution, bookmarking multiple sites and visiting them every day. More than 20 million Americans write a blog, many of them for audiences approaching zero. Less than 9 percent of the blogging public makes any money at all, and only 2 out of every 100 bloggers support themselves fully. But still 20 million people do it. And I get that. It's personal expression. It's art. Doesn't matter whether it's done well or not. Art is art. So I get blogging.

Facebook and MySpace? I don't get that, unless it's for dating purposes. Horniness, I understand. The need to tell people what you're doing at various junctures of the day? And to read what other people are doing? Gregg is folding clothes ... I don't understand. And I never will. My life shouldn't be that interesting to you, and your life damn sure isn't that interesting to me.

'This Twitter thing is annoying as hell' -- Gregg Doyel at 6:01 p.m. - News, Fantasy, Video

Hulu - Saturday Night Live: Hot Tub Lovers
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:23 pm EDT, Apr 23, 2009

Beneath the surface there is a frenzy of activity!

haght TUB!

Hulu - Saturday Night Live: Hot Tub Lovers

XeePhotoshopLoader.m - xee - Google Code
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:12 pm EDT, Apr 23, 2009

// At this point, I'd like to take a moment to speak to you about the Adobe PSD format.
// PSD is not a good format. PSD is not even a bad format. Calling it such would be an
// insult to other bad formats, such as PCX or JPEG. No, PSD is an abysmal format. Having
// worked on this code for several weeks now, my hate for PSD has grown to a raging fire
// that burns with the fierce passion of a million suns.
// If there are two different ways of doing something, PSD will do both, in different
// places. It will then make up three more ways no sane human would think of, and do those
// too. PSD makes inconsistency an art form. Why, for instance, did it suddenly decide
// that *these* particular chunks should be aligned to four bytes, and that this alignement
// should *not* be included in the size? Other chunks in other places are either unaligned,
// or aligned with the alignment included in the size. Here, though, it is not included.
// Either one of these three behaviours would be fine. A sane format would pick one. PSD,
// of course, uses all three, and more.
// Trying to get data out of a PSD file is like trying to find something in the attic of
// your eccentric old uncle who died in a freak freshwater shark attack on his 58th
// birthday. That last detail may not be important for the purposes of the simile, but
// at this point I am spending a lot of time imagining amusing fates for the people
// responsible for this Rube Goldberg of a file format.
// Earlier, I tried to get a hold of the latest specs for the PSD file format. To do this,
// I had to apply to them for permission to apply to them to have them consider sending
// me this sacred tome. This would have involved faxing them a copy of some document or
// other, probably signed in blood. I can only imagine that they make this process so
// difficult because they are intensely ashamed of having created this abomination. I
// was naturally not gullible enough to go through with this procedure, but if I had done
// so, I would have printed out every single page of the spec, and set them all on fire.
// Were it within my power, I would gather every single copy of those specs, and launch
// them on a spaceship directly into the sun.
// PSD is not my favourite file format.

XeePhotoshopLoader.m - xee - Google Code

Dear Diary
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:30 pm EDT, Apr 23, 2009

Dear Diary,

Today I was in a one and a half hour meeting where we discussed colors and stars on a powerpoint slide.

[click.... BOOM! drip drip]

Android Catches Up To Palm In Mobile Ad Market Share. IPhone Still Blows It Away.
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:51 pm EDT, Apr 23, 2009

Windows Mobile Devices also saw a share decline from 13 percent to 11 percent, while Blackberry’s RIM OS gained a point to 22 percent, and the iPhone stayed the same at 50 percent.

This story is about Android against the iPhone. But thats not what's interesting.

What blows me away is how Apple has come in and literally kicked the shit out of Microsoft and RIM! 50% penetration into an existing entrenched market in less than 2 years? Amazing! I'm not sure how much of that speaks to the merits of the iPhone, Apple's marketing, or of how poorly the market was being served by existing players. I would love to see a break down along "consumer" smart phone purchases and "business" to see how RIM is still doing in the land-o-corporate-Blackberry.

Android Catches Up To Palm In Mobile Ad Market Share. IPhone Still Blows It Away.

Best. Quote. Ever.
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:09 pm EDT, Apr 22, 2009

When all is said and done, to quote Billy Hoffman "It's like boxing a 7 year-old... you're going to win it's just a matter of how hard do you want to try."

Best. Quote. Ever.

Apple clobbers Windows PC makers in customer service survey
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:54 pm EDT, Apr 21, 2009

Gateway, HP and Compaq, meanwhile, scored 66%, 64% and 63%, respectively, taking places 64, 72 and 78. Only Gateway did well enough to sneak into the "okay" category; HP and Compaq dropped into the "poor" pigeonhole.

Dell was the lowest-scoring computer maker in the index, getting just 58% -- "poor" by Forrester's standards -- and holding down 93rd place.

Hurray! We suck!

Apple clobbers Windows PC makers in customer service survey

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