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Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Mar 29, 2012

Yesterday,  amidst the rainy despair of Seattle spring, I found myself sitting in a talk given by Michael Huesemann entitled “Epic Technology FAIL”. I thought I was going to some sort of talk on internet memes and cats pining for cheeseburgers. I should have known better. I should have known better when the guy in front of me in line wrote out a...

I found love in dynamic typing

I found love in dynamic typing

Mar 1, 2012

I’d not known bliss until I dipped my toes in the waters of dynamically typed languages. You see, starting with JAVA/C++ at Waterloo, up through my C# career at Microsoft, I only knew static typing. The idea of not needing a rigid type hierarchy was as foreign as democracy to a North Korean. Then I tried Objective-C: I walked across the DMZ, and straight into...

Which movie best gives a feeling of what computer programming is like?

Which movie best gives a feeling of what computer programming is like?

Nov 28, 2011

  “Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!” - Ned Ryerson – Groundhog Day Ned is like a NullPointerException that refuses to go away. Ned is a unrecognized selector thrown against a strongly typed variable. Ned is a HTTP timeout error when you’ve set all your timeouts to infinite. Ned is a...

October 4, 2011: The day that broke the Apple fanboy’s single-button heart

October 4, 2011: The day that broke the Apple fanboy’s single-button heart

Oct 5, 2011

Well that wasn’t so bad. Not bad at all! That torrent of “zomg Apple!!!” tweets and RTs that I feared never materialized.  Even more shocking are the chirps of crickets echoing  across the so-called ‘blogosphere’. First Hurricane Irene, and now a merely normal Apple launch event, we are catching breaks every day! You see,  I was...

LinkedIn: A social network fit for a police state

LinkedIn: A social network fit for a police state

Sep 28, 2011

After a tiring day of work, have you ever trudged home, collapsed into your comfy chair, stuck a hand (or two) down the ole’ belt and pondered about the Soviet Union? Naturally, the answer can only be yes. Lately, during this holiest of ceremonies, I’ve been thinking how different our world would be today if the USSR hadn’t imploded. Imagine if...

What are the most well-written pieces of software?

What are the most well-written pieces of software?

Aug 1, 2011

I can’t say what the most well written program is, but I know that everytime I get on an airplane I hope its the avionics package. See question on Quora