A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

April, 2006

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    Titanic 2

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    If you haven't already seen it , you should. Not the funniest trailer-recut I've seen, but there's something there for everyone.
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    The Truth About 1080p

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    With all the hullabaloo about HD-DVD standards, we've missed a conversation about one of those " improvements " that people are trying to sell us.
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    VB Developers Aren’t As Dumb As You Think

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    The other day I got into an argument with someone about programming languages and their users. I don’t know why – it’s one of those conversation topics like religion or politics or the Yankees that will only end badly for all involved. I guess I was in...
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    "Heighth" Is Not a Word

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    Another word I’ve grown to dislike: heighth. More accurately, it’s a non-standard pronunciation of “height” designed to make it vaguely rhyme with width and breadth. After all, shouldn’t the vertical equivalent to these also end with the “th” sound? ...
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    How MySpace Is Destroying Language

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    After my previous posts on language where several commenters pointed out that language is an evolving thing and that I don't get it and I retorted that it's my blog and I'll be a curmudgeon if I want to (Ed Note: not exactly an intellectual conversation...
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    Anthony Hopkins Strange Coincidence

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    Freaky, from 2Spare : "The British actor Anthony Hopkins [who shot to fame as Hannibal Lecter] was delighted to hear that he had landed a leading role in a film based on the book The Girl From Petrovka by George Feifer. A few days after signing...
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    Explain Inheritance to an Eight-Year-Old

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    One of the charters of my team is to try to make the process of learning to program more fun. There are a lot of things we can, should, and will do here. One thing that has stood out for me is how many people have told me they don't understand object...
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    What Really Matters for Express

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    One of the things I own is the “Software Enthusiast” scenario for Orcas as well as a bit of work around the Express products (VB Express, C# Express, etc.). Each language team and the Visual Web Developer is still responsible for their Express product...
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    A Traditional Way to Learn to Program

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    Allen Downey has created a good traditional book for how to learn to program. What are the good non-traditional ways?
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    The "Doh!" Moment

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    Have you ever worked on a problem and kept working on it and working on it until you knew you'd created a solution to the problem that was completely defensible and utterly wrong? Don't worry, it happens to a lot of smart people. You think and think and...
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    Hosted Software Development Tools

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    When I first thought about Tuscany, this was the first thing that sprang to mind: Hosted Team Foundation Server (TFS). I sensed that developers in small organizations want to have private access to TFS features such as check-in/check-out, defect tracking...
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    Neither Mort Nor Elvis

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    In a post about the role of the personas that for several years have defined developer division's thinking about the VB user (Mort), the C# user (Elvis), and the C++ user (Einstein), Scott Bellware says: Microsoft will probably remain bogged down...
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    TryRuby for BASIC: I Want One

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    Have you seen Try Ruby ? I want one for BASIC. And maybe for JScript. Except I want the interpreter to be in the browser, not on a server.
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    Can Advertising in Windows Client Software Work?

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    MSN Messenger does it. Quicken does it. There’s a fair amount of Windows client software that has advertising – the same kind of banner ads present on most Web sites. But there are challenges to ad-powered client software, ranging from technical (how...
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    Words

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    Dare Obasanjo earlier posted on some of the words Microsoft has killed. These include: Passion, innovation, synergy, and agility. From what I’ve seen, these are words the industry, not just Microsoft, has collectively placed onto a pyre and watched burn...
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    Awkward Game Quotes

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    A long time ago, I worked at Imagine Publishing in Brisbane California. It's gone through several transformations, but some of the good things it did included launching the Imagine Games Network, or IGN. The fondest memories I have of working there all...
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    The Non-Professional Team

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    I work on the non-professional team. No, this doesn’t mean that we come to work late, drink heavily on the job, and dress in fuzzy slippers and bathrobes (though there have been times…). This means that, unlike the bulk of the rest of the Visual Studio...
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    Think Week for a Developer Marketplace

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    I was lured. Each year, Bill Gates retires with a stack of “ think week ” papers to get a sense of what some new ideas might be. This year, I was lured into working on one by one of my coworkers who’d heard about the Tuscany ideas and thought there was...
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    "I see spastic animated gifs as the standard medium for illustrating stories in the future"

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    Quote of the day : I see spastic animated gifs as the standard medium for illustrating stories in the future. I believe that one day everything from children's stories to the Bible will be made whole by a seizure inducing barrage of poorly animated...
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    $250,000 VW Bug with Jet Engine

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    Not street legal, unfortunately.
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    Scenario-Based Planning

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    As you may or may not know, for Visual Studio "Orcas" planning we’re using a new process based on the concepts of scenarios, value propositions, experiences, and tasks. This system relies on the idea of a scenario – think of them as a very long, end-to...
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    Is Enormous Larger than Huge?

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    Go into Outlook 2003 and sort by size. Look at the sizes: Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Very Large, Huge, and Enormous. At what point did enormous become larger than huge? Why not Gigantic? Ginormous? Probably either decided by one bored dev with a deadline...
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    More Words

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    Why don't comb, tomb, and bomb rhyme? Why do they, say, and weigh rhyme? Why is rhyme not spelled "rime" as it was in the past? Become a member of the Simplified Spelling Society and fight these injustices (even if their site is running on PHP instead...
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    Fascinating: Map of Religion in the US

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    This is just interesting .
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    One Billion Words

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    Cool . And that's only the documented ones.
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