From El Reg: According to November 2008 stats (PDF) from Datamonitor – the international research firm headquartered in London – the world is still running 200 billion lines of COBOL code and about 5 billion lines are added to live systems every year. Believe it or not, between 1.5 and 2 million developers are still…Read More For those who get easily distracted by the newest toys….
Last week I awoke to a nasty surprise: my Apple Time Capsule had died. I’ve been using it for about three years, as both WiFi access point and back-up disk, and I was dimly aware of reports that early TC’s had a nasty habit of failing when they were out of warranty, but of course…Read More Stuff fails
From QualiaSoup: (Via DebunkingChristianity.)Read More Clear and simple
Back in Seattle, my cable TV/internet provider Millennium Digital Broadstripe had a pricing model that made it irrational to get anything other than a package with every premium service that they offered. Here in Palo Alto, we have Comcast, and it didn’t quite work that way. After making sure we had the four essential channels…Read More Roku+Netflix=good
The protestors keep saying that they want their country back. Sorry, my fellow small-governmenters, but this country is a democracy, and you didn’t lose your country, you just lost an election. You had your chance for eight years. You blew it, and you lost. What Obama is doing is what he was elected to do.…Read More "You didn't lose your country, you just lost an election"
Here are some photos from San Juan Bautista, taken on our visit on Labor Day weekend, 2009. They are mostly shots of (and in) the buildings making up the National Park. The final pictures show the San Andreas Fault just below the Mission: you can see how the path has been displaced laterally by as…Read More San Juan Bautista
Here’s a nice piece about my friend Art, the “IBOL guy”. If you sew, knit, weave, or just dig fabric, check out the IBOL website. UPDATE: Link fixed – thanks for catching that, Marion.Read More Iraqi Bundles of Love
Last Saturday I blogged about my upcoming trip home: Iâ€™ve never flown ANA before. NH912 is on a 767, and I have a window seat; NH008 is on a 777, with no seat assigned. I hope that isnâ€™t a bad sign. At least I can credit the miles to UA. It turned out to be…Read More ANA Premium Economy
For the last three years, I’ve lived without a car, and this period coincided with a big push to move most of my music from CD to computer. Whenever I listened to music, I used iTunes on my computer or iPhone; I’m used to having at least 8GB of stuff to choose from. But now…Read More Some music for commuting