Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Xmas yahl

Hey doods!

merry xmas! Hope you yall are doing well!

Thursday, December 22, 2005


More: You Might Be Suffocating in a Constipated Bureaucracy If...
So without further ado, here is some more of you might be suffocating in a constipated bureaucracy if...

1. You access the Internet using a dial-up connection.

2. Your cube has only enough room for an L-shaped desk and a chair.

3. You are developing enterprise software on a 15-inch monitor.

4. Management forces you to use the latest technology whether it makes sense or not.

5. Your project is suspended mid-stream because the funds run out when the fiscal year ends.

2 out of 5!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Is Weak Typing Strong Enough?: "Big Case Study

I watched the strong/weak battle play out (in various ways) in Amazon's Customer Service Applications group for years. I was initially aligned as follows:

* I was in the 'strong' camp for languages, personally favoring development in Java.

* I liked the 'weak' camp for protocols (e.g. favoring xml/rpc over SOAP) and XML modeling (favoring no DTD or schema at all).

* I was in the 'clueless' camp for relational modeling (favoring keeping my mouth shut and learning from the experts.)

One thing I observed was that the folks who favored Perl always seemed to be able to get stuff done really, really fast, even compared to experienced Java folks. And they had their act together; it wasn't just crude hackery, as many Java programmers would like to believe. Their code was generally very well organized, and when it wasn't, they'd go in periodically and fix it. Sometimes they did quick, hacky scripts, and in fact the ability to do this proved to be mission-critical time and time again. But generally the Perl stuff worked just as well as the Java stuff. Whenever performance became an issue, they'd find clever ways to make it perform well enough."

java or perl or python or ruby! ack!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Bean counting and the 'latte factor' - Yahoo! News: "If you've read it once, you've read it a dozen times: Cut out those daily lattes if you want to save enough for retirement.

The so-called 'latte factor' is so widely used in this context that it's now in dictionaries, defined as 'seemingly insignificant daily purchases that add up to a significant amount of money over time.'"

I love my latte, and mocha.... no more sniff

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Manhattan's Little Ones Come in Bigger Numbers - New York Times: "Manhattan preschools can charge $23,000 a year. Ms. Uhry, with Private School Advisors, charges parents $6,000 a year just to coach them through the application process to get their children in.

Yet in spite of the high costs, small spaces and infuriating extras that seem unique to Manhattan - like the preschools that require an I.Q. test - many parents would never live anywhere else.

'Manhattan has always been a great place for raising your children,' said Lori Robinson, the president of the New Mommies Network, a networking project for mothers on the Upper West Side. 'It's easier to be in the city with a baby. It's less isolation. You feel you are part of society.'"

no wonder dtc is so smart. he had to take a IQ test to get into preschool.