Archive for January 2010

Please, Don’t Give Money To Haiti

January 21, 2010

Let me rephrase that: Don’t donate to a charity and restrict the funds to Haiti.

That sounds harsh, but it isn’t.

How Alberto Gonzalez Kept Mark McGwire from Being a Hero

January 13, 2010

I’m an unabashed Yankees fan. Someone who would rather watch a mid-season baseball game between two cellar-dwelling American League teams than a random NFL game.

I understand I am lonely in this. Hey, I’m a baseball fan. I can live with it.

I well remember the baseball strike of 1994. I also remember the crucial role Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa played in bringing disgruntled fans back to the game. And it was clear to me for years that everyone was guilty in the Steroid Era; Players, Owners, Fans, and most of all? The group whose job it was to report on it, the Writers. But that is my opinion, and we can debate that another time.

Why Did Google Build a Phone and a Browser?

January 12, 2010

Microsoft was kind enough to comment that Google will have a tough time selling both a phone and an OS.

Microsoft Corp.’s Robbie Bach, head of the division that makes mobile-phone programs, said Google Inc. will have a hard time attracting partners to its wireless software after introducing its own handset.

Roughly Drafted toes the Apple-fanboy line that Android simply isn’t very important in the scheme of things:

But importantly, it will also expose Google’s tired attempt to beat Microsoft’s Window Mobile at its own game (without applying much creativity) as being much less important than the Android-enamored seem to think it is. Google isn’t changing the world with Android, it’s just ripping off an existing, unexceptional product. Google’s Android is not more special in the grand scheme of things than Compaq’s effort to clone the original IBM PC.

Both miss the point rather badly.

A Christmas Kindle

January 11, 2010

My lovely bride, perhaps out of fear that my book collection will push us out of our home, bought me a Kindle for Christmas.

In a fit of self-defense, I had added the Kindle to my Amazon Wish List sometime in November. I say self-defense because our local Barnes & Nobles was rather prominently pushing the Nook, and based on reviews I knew I’d rather have the Kindle.

Code Rot: When Good Code Goes Bad

January 4, 2010

Why does code rot? Wikipedia lists a bunch of reasons — some make sense to me, some leave me meh.

From the vantage point of my battered years of experience, I’ve come to classify code into three areas: