Since the financial crisis and resulting hysteria have transpired, I’ve been attempting to wrap my head around what happened — in relatively simple terms — and what we can do (or not do) to avoid something like this in the future. While the financial instruments Wall Street employed in the recent decade were far from simple, I remain hopeful that there are more basic forces at work and thus solutions that don’t involve thousands of pages of legislation, bailouts and government control. Continue reading
About two years ago I purchased a Canon EOS Rebel XTi in anticipation of the arrival of our new baby girl. Until that time, I had been using Google’s Picasa (then at version 2) along with the Canon subcompact du jour. I was pretty happy with the usefulness of this combination. Picasa is simple, extremely fast and doesn’t obfuscate the underlying photos in any sort of database or binary file.
Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves. Continue reading
Last week I had what might be the strangest air travel experience I’ve ever had. I was flying from Raleigh to Ft. Lauderdale via Atlanta. Before the gate agent in Raleigh opened boarding for the flight, she found out that our plane was called in for maintenance. It wasn’t fifteen minutes before she changed our gate to the next one over and told us we’d be on a different plane. No problem, we thought.
I finally sucked it up and bought a Mac. I knew about how smooth the system was, but in all my years have never had one as my primary machine. I ordered a refurbished Mac mini Core Duo 1.66 with 512MB and a Combo drive. Certainly not a powerhouse but I decided that if I wind up loving it, I’ll order a more substantial box and relegate this one to media center duty.
I was listening to the radio the other day and it occurred to me that there may be some problems with the American health care system. Just about every politician is talking about it and about as much as we can grok from all the rhetoric is whose plan isn’t going to work. But it seems to me that we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
I came across something disturbing recently and I want to get my two cents on the table because this isn’t the first time it’s come up. Several components in the project I’m assigned to store various configuration attributes in text files. Whether they’re name-value (properties) files or XML data, this is a good choice because it allows the customization of application behavior without code changes or redeployment … if you do it properly.