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Archive for November, 2006

On And Off On A Mac. More on the subject of last SundayThe Design of the Mac OS X Shutdown Feature. Also read the comments – some people have no sense of history, making the blog’s author reply: “Yeah, isn’t it amazing that Windows XP has exactly the same design as Mac OS X. Which shipped first. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence“…

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News. I should have mentioned this before, but being a few days late doesn’t matter that much for such a significant event: Al Jazeera English has begun broadcasting from its main studios in Doha. Will they become the BBC of the Middle-East? The bad parts are already clear: first, you need RealPLayer to see them on the Internet, and second: the HTML markup is horrible. Haven’t they heard about Web standards? About semantic markup? Are they just using a not-so-competent WCMS? Or is it – shudder – the result of using ASP.NET?

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On And Off. Dave pointed me to Joel Spolsky’s comments on MS Vista’s “Off Menu”. What I will retain from the discussion, is the mention of Conway’s Law: “Any piece of software reflects the organizational structure that produced it“… More details on the Wikipedia! Also quite revealing: the details on Microsoft’s code versioning (see the comments at The Windows Shutdown Crapfest). I can’t help wondering: if you don’t control the dependencies in your code, what exactly are you managing? And don’t make me think about the real question: where’s your software architect?

Addendum to yesterday’s item: there’s a new flash too, the SB-400 – unfortunately, it cannot be used on older camera’s because it only “speaks” i-TTL…

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2006-11-25

New Nikon. DPReview has a hands-on preview of the brand-new Nikon D40 digital camera.

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Don’t Look For A Common Thread. Here’s a recent compilation of Internet links to sites or pages that somehow caught my fancy:

  • Soviet Music describes itself as “small legacy of songs left from the Soviet era. All of them were at once widely known and popular in the cities and towns of our glorious Motherland“. But there is more to be found than just music: there are speeches, lyrics and posters as well.
  • Which geek doesn’t want this: How To Look Like A UNIX Guru? And anyway: this is foremost a good intro to Linux and Unix!
  • Zilverline “is a search engine that offers web access to your personal or intranet content“, fully Open Source, based on Lucene.
  • Holub on Patterns is not just an ad for Alan Holub’s book, but also a small collection of links to resources about software design patterns.
  • The Notes on Postmodern Programming and The Rise of “Worse is Better” share the same subject: why you don’t have to make it perfect the first time around. I’m not fully convinced yet, but I concur that you cannot build an excellent software system without iterations and lots of user (and developer!) input.

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Very Impressive. Yesterday I attended an Adobe Connect event in Genval, near Brussel (Belgium), in order to get better informed about Flex. Since “content management” is also on my list of interesting themes (see http://www.nukleos.com/ ;-) I did have a reasonable time during the business presentations, but the real highlight of the (long) day was the “Building with Flex 2” session by Christophe Coenraets, Senior Flex Evangelist at Adobe. This man (of Belgian origin) has an great talent for explaining and presenting his subject matter. If you ever have the chance to go see him at work, please do so – you won’t be disappointed!

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Useless? Doesn’t seem to be useless to me – at least not when I’m trying to come to grips with Python: Useless Python. PS. Byte Of Python is (back?) online, and might be a better starting place… we’ll see.

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