Monday, June 30, 2008
If you've ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question."
Sunday, June 29, 2008
"2 cans garbanzo beans
1/2 cup Tahini
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup warm water
3 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup lime juice
2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
Frank's Red Hot (just a shot or two)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Alton Brown credits the Original Pancake House. Yay!
Modified portion for 12" skillet:
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (2 tbsp pan, 1 tbsp mix; or use spray for pan and skip 2 tbsp)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt salt
3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperature
350 degrees (cooler than original 375), preheat butter in pan 10 min, mix all ingredients in blender, bake 30 min.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
1. Can this candidate bring something to the team that nobody else has?
2. Is this candidate constantly learning?
3. Is this candidate aware of his/her weaknesses and comfortable discussing them?
4. Is this candidate versatile and willing to do 'whatever it takes' to help make the product successful?
5. Is this candidate one of those '10X coders'?
6. Does this candidate have a bachelor's degree from a good computer science department?
7. If this candidate has a Ph.D., is there other evidence to suggest that s/he is one of those rare people who also has 'Shrinkwrap Qualities'?
8. Does this candidate have experience on a team building shrinkwrap software?
9. Does this candidate write good code?
10. Does this candidate love programming so much that s/he writes code in their spare time?"
- Know your audience. This is fundamental.
- Wear your guests' shoes. Walt used to tell the designers to go down to Disneyland at least every other week, watch what people do, get in line just like they do.
- Organize the flow of people. This is one thing the old parks did not do. At Disney, everyone is funnelled down Main street, Everyone has the same experience.
- Create a Wenie, a visual magnet. The castle at the end of main street, the rocket at tomorrowland, these say, "come this way."
- Communicate with visual literacy.
- Avoid overload, create turnons. Don't lose people by throwing too much information at them.
- Tell one story at a time. You can loose people pretty quickly if you let them out of your story. At our parks, we tell a single story in sequence.
- Avoid contradiction, maintain identity.
- An ounce of treatment, a ton of treat.
- Maintain it. If a building has peeling paint, it looks like it's out of business.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"Applied Data Research (ADR).
ADR is often credited as being the first independent software company, having introduced products in the late 1960s and prevailed in antitrust struggles against IBM to allow the business to survive. Basically, it sold programmer productivity tools. This led it to acquire Datacom/DB, an inverted-list DBMS developed in the Dallas area. In the early 1980s, Datacom/DB began to boom, and was on a track to surpass both IDMS and ADABAS in market share until DB2 showed up and blew them all away. ADR was particularly aided by its fourth-generation language (4GL) IDEAL, which was an excellent product notwithstanding the famous State of New Jersey fiasco. (As John Landry said to me about that one, “4GLs are powerful tools. In particular, they allow you to write bad programs really quickly.”)
ADR was an underappreciated powerhouse, boasting all of the Fortune 100 as customers way back in the early 1980s (yes, even archrival IBM). When the DBMS business stalled, however, ADR was quickly sold — first to Ameritech (the Illinois-based Baby Bell company), and soon thereafter to Computer Associates."
Applied Data Research (ADR) was founded in 1959 by seven former UNIVAC I programmers: Martin Goetz, Sherman Blumenthal, Ellwood Kauffman, Dave McFadden, Bernard Riskin, Robert Wickenden, and Stephen Wright. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, the company provided independent contract programming to companies including RCA, Bendix, and Sperry Rand, as well as to the United States government.
In 1965, ADR established its Proprietary Software Division (renamed the Software Products Division in 1973) and released AUTOFLOW, an automatic computer documentation system which produced flow charts. With the release of AUTOFLOW, ADR became the first company to sell a software product commercially, independent of hardware. Martin A. Goetz headed the Proprietary Software Division from its inception and in 1968 was awarded the first U.S. patent for a software computer program for his “Sorting System.” Although the patent was assigned to ADR, the program was never developed as an ADR product. Goetz received a second patent in 1970 for his “Automatic System for Constructing and Recording Display Charts,” the computer program behind the ADR product AUTOFLOW. Other ADR software products included Vollie (an online programming tool), ROSCOE (Remote OS Conversational Operating Environment, an online programming tool with a timeshare facility), MetaCOBOL (a COBOL programming aid), Librarian (a source program retrieval and maintenance system), and IDEAL (Interactive Development Environment for an Application’s Life-cycle, an application development tool).
ADR filed a civil antitrust suit against International Business Machines (IBM) in April 1969, accusing IBM of limiting competition in the computer industry and specifically noting IBM’s bundling practices. The ADR suit was one of a series of similar suits filed against IBM in 1968 and 1969, including Programmatics, Inc. (a subsidiary of ADR) v. IBM, Control Data Corporation v. IBM, and Data Processing Financial & General Corp. v. IBM. These four cases were consolidated for pre-trial proceedings and discovery in the District of Minnesota in July 1969. One year later, ADR was awarded a temporary restraining order against IBM which prohibited IBM from offering free distribution of CRJE, a bundled IBM software product in direct competition with ADR’s proprietary product ROSCOE. Three of the four consolidated cases were eventually settled and dismissed, including ADR v. IBM, which was settled out-of-court in August 1970 for two million dollars. The U.S. Justice Department also filed suit against IBM for antitrust violations in 1969, starting a case that lasted thirteen years. In June 1969, while involved in these cases, IBM announced that, with the exception of its operating systems, starting in January 1970 it would unbundle its software from its hardware.
Ameritech acquired ADR as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1986. In 1988, Computer Associates purchased ADR and integrated the company into its Systems Products Division and new Information Products Division."
In other words, it is a command line tool that gives you the freedom to build it in your programming environment. You can use it in your favorite editor easily."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
* Adult Tater Tots (pictured) are from-scratch and include Brie, shallots, and bacon
* Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots call for wild boar bacon
* Pork Belly Tater Tots are stuffed with braised pork belly
* Chef Kennedy's Adult Tater Tots apparently go well with wine
* Tater Tot Salad
* Lobster Tater Tots
* Tater Tot 'Gnocchi' Al Pesto, among other recipes from the official home of the Tater Tot"
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
In Beijing, where 118,000 students sat for the exam, the essay topic was an old self-help chestnut made popular by motivational author Stephen Covey. Here's the Beijing gaokao version of the 'big rocks first' approach to time management, as reported by the Mirror:"
Friday, June 06, 2008
I’ve found that it’s important to start out with the right motivation, because a good start can build momentum that you can sustain for a long time. If you start out right, you have a much better chance of succeeding. Here are some tips for starting out:"
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
But what do I have to eat to get these Calorie? Using another tool, I calculated weights of the food I usually eat so that they equal 300 Calorie. It turned out that 300 Calorie is more than 2 pounds of watermelon or just 2 ounces of milk chocolate. Eventually, I decided to make photographs of what these 300 Calorie look like in different foods."
"Viewpath’s 2.0 feature-set includes:
* easy-to-use interface with extensive drag/drop functions
* project timelines (a.k.a Gantt Charts) and event calendars
* multiple levels of Member viewing rights (including read only)
* document management with version control
* dashboards with both team and individual member views
* free e-mail support for beta customers"
Monday, June 02, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
It looks like this and uses the Greek letter a: Utility = E x V/aD"
Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it using only himself, gravity, and his incredible ingenuity.