This has been around for a month, but I wanted to lament that Microsoft has cancelled their plans to hold next year’s major conferences in New Orleans. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities (and is a great place to get really drunk hold a conference) and certainly needs the business. Apparently, the airlines […]
My very favorite technical book of last year was Peter Seibel’s Practical Common Lisp. APress has recently released Practical OCaml by Joshua Smith. OCaml is the language implemented by F# (I don’t know if F# is super- or sub-set — perhaps the book will clarify). I doubt that lightning will strike twice, but if Smith’s book […]
I’ve been writing an article about software brittleness and found myself asking a question I can’t answer: Why was there so little software chaos in January 2000? There really were hundreds of millions if not billions of lines of COBOL that were at least potentially vulnerable to the rollover bug, those systems really were spread […]
Supposedly, a group of scentists and academics in Britain have, on an investment of $8700, used a mathematical approach to win a $13M jackpot. (Source: A Statistical Approach for Winning Lottery — Group Wins $13M!) Momentarily assuming that there’s no “rake” and that the lottery pays $1 in prizes for each $1 in gambling, that’s […]
We went to see The Departed last night. I’m trying to figure out if I should try to figure it out or if, like “Snakes on a Plane,” verisimilitude was not it’s highest goal. First, though, I have to say how gratifying it is to hear actual Boston accents (Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg). What […]
I have to wire up a ColdFusion to an Axis Web Service. I’ve spent the past 3 hours trying to figure out freaking classpath issues: something about a ClassCastException from a org.apache.commons.logging.LogFactory. I’m giving up for the day. Stupid freaking classpaths.
Incidentally, my normal blog CSS screwed up the rendering in IE7 and Firefox. Since I have not yet updated my dasBlog installation to the latest, I’ve decided to switch to this staid theme until I upgrade and can do some browser compatibility testing.
Patrick Logan says that some Schemers have put a Scheme on the Nintendo DS. Naturally, my first thought was “Hmmm… I wonder if I could do that with XNA?” (Or, more generally, if one could write a self-contained interpreter / compiler that would run on the XBox360). You could certainly do a clunky, self-contained interpreter […]
Computer Gaming World has posted online their first 100 issues, going back to 1981. The first issue has a great essay by Chris Crawford about how computer-based wargames will be different than boardgames. Not surprisingly, he’s pretty much spot-on with his analysis. I also enjoyed it because it’s a great indication of what a true […]
The always insightful Peter Coffee has a good new column that offers a couple contrarian observations. To the generally positive buzz over Cisco’s new virtual meeting system (HD screens, lighting, surround-sound), Peter makes the skewering concession “If face-to-face meetings were considered the high point of organizational productivity, I’d endorse the idea of throwing bandwidth and hardware […]