Archive for March 2010

Methods Of Work: Hammering With a Shovel

March 31, 2010

Seriously. It amazes me how often people, especially-but-certainly-not-limited-to software people, fight with their tools. Would you really spend all day framing a house, using a shovel to hammer nails in? Some people, based on my observations, seem to.

How to Study: 4th Grade Math is a Slalom Race

March 25, 2010

Did you watch the Olympics? In our house everyone including the dog watched, as late as they could stay up. Number One Daughter, in the fourth grade, fought gamely to make it until the end every night. Every sport was a hit; snow-boarding, ski jumping, speed skating, and yes, figure skating.

We watched all the skiing. As you might expect, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso were huge for my girls. While they enjoyed the wins, one of the more illuminating things they saw was Vonn’s problems in the slalom races, where she missed gates and fell out of the race three times.

For the Love of Vaadin: RIAs Done Right

March 21, 2010

Java web frameworks are legion. A sampling includes Spring/Struts/Play/Wicket/Pivot/Tapestry/Stripes/JavaFX/Flex/GWT and there are literally dozens more.

They all seem pretty alien to a guy coming from desktop UI development a la Swing or SWT.

The Nexus One is a Failure (Fat Chance!)

March 21, 2010

Did you see? Didja? Google’s uber-phone, the Nexus One, is a big honking failure! Really, it is! We haz the numbers to prove it!

Well. Not so fast there, pardner. I don’t think you understand what Google wanted out of this deal.

How to Study: Taming The 1st Grade Reading Journal

March 19, 2010

Number Two Daughter is a young first grader, and as such she has been toiling away at the Reading Journal. For those of you whose schools don’t employ this (or if you haven’t spawned), the Reading Journal is not really all about the reading.

Middle-Finger-Flaws: Perfect for When You Hate Your Customer

March 9, 2010

What is a Middle-Finger-Flaw? A Middle-Finger-Flaw (MFF for short) is either a longtime bug or a missing feature, so egregiously possible to implement that every time your customers use your product, they are smacked in the face with the shovel of your dismissiveness.

To use your product is to be just slightly insulted. Every time.

The Great Wall of Google

March 2, 2010

I admit it, I use Gmail for my everyday mail (in spite of the fact that Gmail still can’t search). I use Google Reader like an addict, on my phone, my desktops, my laptop, across platforms, wherever.

But I am getting more and more annoyed with The Great Wall of Google.