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Archive for May, 2007

My first Google Doc…

Hello World!

Google has a Docs and Spreadsheets feature that allows online editing (collaborative even!) of Docs (think Word) and Spreadsheets (think Excel). I just noticed that it allows automatic posting to a blog. This is a test of that feature. If this works, it could become a new favorite of mine.

(Edit – it’s even possible to add formatting, and to change format and content after publishing.)

(Edit 2 – It’s impossible to match the blue/grey color scheme on the blog with the color pallette in Google Docs. Can’t have everything.)

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How Great Is Our God

How Great Is Our God Chords by Chris Tomlin @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
I went looking for the chords to this song after hearing it again at church on Sunday.  It turns out, it was probably easy enough for me to pick up without resorting to the online search.  This could become a campfire song…

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Microsoft is Dead

Microsoft is Dead
Thanks to OS X, Apple has come back from the dead in a way that is extremely rare in technology. [2] Their victory is so complete that I’m now surprised when I come across a computer running Windows. Nearly all the people we fund at Y Combinator use Apple laptops. It was the same in the audience at startup school. All the computer people use Macs or Linux now. Windows is for grandmas, like Macs used to be in the 90s. So not only does the desktop no longer matter, no one who cares about computers uses Microsoft’s anyway.

Paul Graham is spot on.  His thesis really isn’t that Microsoft is “Dead”, but that it’s a “Dead Man Walking.”  Microsoft is irrelevant.  They’re no longer dangerous.  They’re on their way out.  It’s a compelling argument.

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2006 Results
Herr Professor Doktor Weiss’ reputation was made when he conclusively proved the fraudulency of the Mayan codex that claimed to show that that ancient people knew the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter to an exactitude unknown until modern times, in his article, “Bye, Bye, Mesoamerican Pi.”

Just found this today, referenced by a home-schooling website, no less.  I remember when Joe Sucheray found it last year – I’ve never heard him laugh quite so hard.  Just not at this particular entry.  He liked the “espresso monkey” entry.

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Programming Quotations
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

Jamie Zawinski

Just one little nugget from a great collection of quotes.  How about:

There are only two industries that refer to their customers as “users”.

Edward Tufte

or,

And the users exclaimed with a laugh and a taunt: “It’s just what we asked for but not what we want.” 

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Right Wing Nation
Democrats are getting their Congressional candidates set up to win seats.

That’s where the real power is.  I could live with a Democrat in the White House – because the President doesn’t make laws.  But a strong Democrat legislature — regardless of the flavor of the White House — and we’ll have a royal mess on our hands.

Actually, with the state of partisanship in the country today, I’d like to see the legislature remain in a balanced state – even deadlocked, if at all possible.  Then neither side is pushing bills purely out of spite, and the only things that get passed are the measures that make sense.  We could benefit from fewer new laws and regulations.

I just can’t imagine what we’d see if the Democrats gain overwhelming majorities in the House and the Senate.  Likewise, I don’t want to hear the liberal whining if the right wing ever controls the show again.

Presidents, they come and go, but laws live on and on…

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