BeepBeep is a high-accuracy acoustic ranging system for mobile phones. It supports Pocket PC phones running Windows Mobile 5.0 or subsequent versions. I’m not even going to pretend to have the time to play with this.
Gee, what a surprise, no CGI can do justice to “broken-down drunk exiled prince of the armored polar bears.” But The Golden Compass was not nearly as incomprehensible to those who hadn’t read the books as I thought it would be. My wife quite liked the movie and hadn’t been prepped for the story (other […]
The biggest problem with tag-based languages (<h1><% someCode %></h1> : the ASPs, the ColdFusions, the PHPs…) is that they facilitate monolithic code. This is related the big criticism of XML and DOMs for data structures, too: they facilitate the creation of hierarchies, not graphs. (As always with programming, the issue is “facilitates” not “possible”…) My […]
Microsoft’s new Volta toolset allows developers to develop their applications using standard OOP techniques and then use “declarative tier-splitting” to specify which functions should run on the client and which on the server. Erik Meijer says: …Volta starts with a client-side perspective. That is, once developers are satisfied with an application’s functionality and fully understand […]
Jon Skeet’s generation of the Mandelbrot set via LINQ chaotically oscillates between absurdity and relevance, sensitive to the input of what aspect of concurrency you’re thinking about. If you’re thinking about efficiency, you rapidly head towards “absurd,” but if you think about mental models, it rapidly heads towards relevance (by way of “declarative programming”). But […]
Jeff Duntemann (a great competitor/friend from the Computer Language days) opines that: [T]here are three different kinds of reading: Meditative reading is reading to change your state of mind…. Autodidactive reading is reading to teach yourself something…. Developmental reading is reading within the process of creating texts for reading or presentation…. What kind of reading […]
This story of a couple that stole $7 million on Monday and were nabbed this morning reminds me of a second-tier friend from High School who was very dim. A few years after HS I heard that he had gotten a job with an armored car company doing ATM refills. “Apparently, he decided that he’d […]
Sounds like a great opportunity to hang out with compiler geeks. Since someone’s already beaten me to an LOLCode compiler for the DLR, I’ll have to put in some work on my other projects: <a href=”http://www.knowing.net/PermaLink%2cguid%2c8dc6782d-9207-4909-bcc4-f5dc7444c6c0.aspx”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Excel# and a more serious language I’ve been noodling around with called Rinq, a REST-Oriented Language that […]