Archive for January, 2010

This is post #100 for me on One Furious Llama (the previous blogs don’t count and there weren’t that many posts anyway) 🙂

I just want to thank all you guys who have read the crap I post up here. I am a little overwhelmed at how exceedingly well things have gone on my blog this time around. Just the response in January has been enough to inspire me to keep going (that, and like everything else in my life that interests me, I have gotten a little obsessive with this blogging thing).

January was my first full month of blogging at One Furious Llama and things have gone great. These were blog milestones #2, #3, #4 and #5 that were accomplished this month:

100th blog post
1000 views in one month
50 comments in one month
150 views in one day

Yes, yes, I can hear the pro bloggers snickering at those stats. I get that in the greater scheme of things it’s not much but I think this was an excellent start and here, what I think, is all that matters.

There are two people in particular that I would like to thank. First, is my lovely Trophy Wife, whose support and encouragement is what gets me up in the morning and keeps me up at night (usually, this is a good thing). She supports me in these obsessions even when it means I neglect (just a very little) her for it.

The second person who I would like to thank is Hemant Mehta from Friendly Atheist. Firstly for responding to my emails in the first place and secondly for giving me some sound blogging advice which, to me at least, is looking like it’s paying off handsomely. I imagine that Hemant gets a pile of mail every day on top of being a full-time teacher and he still found the time to respond nicely to a total stranger the same day that the email was sent. I respect him even more for that and I guess “Friendly Atheist” is probably the right description for him

I hope I can keep the momentum and maintain the balance between pissing people off enough to comment but not enough to make them go away (this, I believe, is the super sekrit to successful blogging).

Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd.

Real programmers think structured programming is a communist plot.

“We have to stop optimizing for programmers and start optimizing for users.”
– Jeff Atwood

Real programmers… 0x0E

Real programmers know better than the users what they need.

“Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined.”
– Kreitzberg and Shneiderman

Real programmers… 0x0D

Real programmers don’t write in Pascal, or Bliss, or Ada, or any of those pinko computer science languages. Strong typing is for people with weak memories.

“It’s OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn’t need to figure out code.  You should be able to read it.”
– Steve McConnell

Big ups to atheist mom

I read an article on Unreasonable Faith about a lady (a 41-year-old Christian mom) who recently dropped her religion and became an atheist. For some of us (atheists) it doesn’t sound like a big deal because some of us (myself included) had it pretty easy ‘converting’ from whichever religion we were in. I didn’t take any flack from my immediate family and, to be honest, I don’t particularly care how my extended family feel about it.

For other people, however, it’s a much more difficult conversion, especially if like Rechelle, you spend your entire life following that religion and actively participated in it, raised your children in it. It can be a huge change and severely unpleasant. Few religious people are supportive and understanding when you make the switch (understandably I guess).

You can read Daniel’s full post here and leave your comments of support (assuming, of course, you are supportive of her situation):

For Rechelle’s blog and story, you can go here:

Another… post by Rechelle is this one:

Anyway, I thought that was interesting and I found the reason that Rechelle turned off commenting on her blog… enlightening.

The gestation period of a llama is 11 1/2 months (350 days). Dams (female llamas) do not lick off their babies, as they have an attached tongue which does not reach outside of the mouth more than half an inch. Rather, they will nuzzle and hum to their newborns.

Real programmers don’t document. Documentation is for simps who can’t read the listings or the object deck.

I just read this on Gizmodo (HT @penkin) and I find it quite interesting. I have thought about what the iPad could be good from since yesterday when it launched and couldn’t quite decide. I mean, I probably want one, purely cos its tech, but to be honest, it doesn’t excite me nearly as much as it should (and I do get very excited about new tech).

I think this article sums up the issues very nicely (missing one though, can you make a phone call from it?). You can read the full article here at Gizmodo:

Big, Ugly Bezel
Have you seen the bezel on this thing?! It’s huge! I know you don’t want to accidentally input a command when your thumb is holding it, but come on.

No Multitasking
This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can’t listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can’t have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can’t have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.

No Cameras
No front facing camera is one thing. But no back facing camera either? Why the hell not? I can’t imagine what the downside was for including at least one camera. Could this thing not handle video iChat?

Touch Keyboard
So much for Apple revolutionizing tablet inputs; this is the same big, ugly touchscreen keyboard we’ve seen on other tablets, and unless you’re lying on the couch with your knees propping it up, it’ll be awkward to use.

Want to watch those nice HD videos you downloaded from iTunes on your TV? Too damned bad! If you were truly loyal, you’d just buy an AppleTV already.

The Name iPad
Get ready for Maxi pad jokes, and lots of ’em!

No Flash
No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that’s supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don’t care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.

Adapters, Adapters, Adapters
So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god’s sake.

It’s Not Widescreen
Widescreen movies look lousy on this thing thanks to its 4:3 screen, according to Blam, who checked out some of Star Trek on one. It’s like owning a 4:3 TV all over again!

Doesn’t Support T-Mobile 3G
Sure, it’s “unlocked.” But it won’t work on T-Mobile, and it uses microSIMs that literally no one else uses.

A Closed App Ecosystem
The iPad only runs apps from the App Store. The same App Store that is notorious for banning apps for no real reason, such as Google Voice. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you’d like on them. Want to run a different browser on your iPad? Too bad!

And you still have to carry your iPhone (that can do all of the above!?!) with you anyway to make phone calls. Seriously? Look, no doubt its great tech, but no multitasking? Are you kidding me? Ah, I see, for multitasking you run one app on the iPad and the other app on the iPhone you also need to carry. Nice.

One more thing: Objective C and Mac only development environment. Fail.

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