Aging is the New Working

I was reading PC Magazine’s 25th anniversary issue in which they have the evergreen “what will the future bring?” essays. I was struck by how much talk of medical stuff (nanobots, non-invasive diagnosis, ubiquitous this-and-that) there was. And then it struck me: Boomers. Just as they do with every damn thing, boomers define the mainstream […]

UFO Drinking Game

When I was 10, this show was on Saturdays at 4:00 on UHF Channel 56. I watched the static-y, ghost-filled image on a black-and-white television with, I’d guess, a 17″ screen that sat on a cheap aluminum rolling stand. I thought it was the greatest show ever. This weekend, I discovered that it was actually […]

Parsing Microsoft’s "Emacs.Net"

Via Chris Sells comes <a href=””” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this cryptic message from Microsoft’s Doug Purdy: We are looking for developers/testers to build a tool that I will roughly describe as “Emacs.Net”. No more details than that, but it should be enough to get your brain moving in the right direction. Which he then elaborates in […]

iPhone vs. Kindle

A client bought me an iPhone for Christmas (more-financially-successful friend’s instant reaction: “You aren’t charging them enough.”). My reaction is that while it’s an incredible gadget, it’s a pale shadow of the Kindle when it comes to reading. I am dismayed by the number of people who say “Well, the iPhone ought to be the […]

Ruby 1.9 Available

Ruby 1.9, which involves a number of significant upgrades, is now available. This is development code, probably not ready for use in upcoming sprints / development cyclese, but I will be downloading it if for no other reason than to experiment with its Fibers implementation.