Be polite when you are driving!

Otherwise this is what could happen to you. Well, that’s it for now! I’m closing the blog while I am in vacation.

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Yahoo launches blogs, news search engine

Various Yahoo rumors are coming furiously from several directions. First, a new blog search engine, as noted by Steve Rubel, at the (still non-existent) blog.search.yahoo.com. Apparently, there was a Yahoo blog search engine available for some time (but only in Korean) at kr.blog.search.com, but it doesn’t seem to work properly?  Second, John Batelle mentions an interesting announcement from…

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Who da’Punk?

While the whole mini-msft seems to be an interesting blog these days, I personally just don’t buy into the anonymity thing. I don’t know, and I can’t explain why – personally I just feel wrong about the idea. Second, there is a very high risk that it might end wrong for the blogger – the first thing…

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Short gamma-ray burst mystery is solved

Gamma ray bursts (GRBs) are probably the most violent events that happen today in universe. In a few seconds or less, a gamma-ray burst releases an enormous quantity of energy (1044 – 1046 J), which is comparable to burning up the entire mass-energy of the sun in a few tens of seconds, or comparable to the energy emitted…

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DOSDEV.EXE – a misterious tool

Once in a while, you might encounter this tool in some Microsoft-provided SDKs, or Resource Kits, for example in the Windows Resource Kit, the Exchange Report Toolkit, and others. But this tool never came with any relevant documentation. It just displays the following cryptic help message:    DOSDEV [-a] [-s] [-h] [[-r] [-d [-e]] DeviceName [TargetPath]] What’s…

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Random Repro vs. Consistent Repro, and a surprise under the cover…

(Continuing on my previous post on supportability)    Supportability Principle # 3 – When writing code, avoid random, hard-to-diagnose, unpredictable failures at all costs. I previously mentioned that good predictability means less costs in supporting your product, and the fact that predictability should permeate your whole design, development and testing efforts. But I don’t feel that I did a…

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Supportability is not a feature

I recently read about a Linux to Windows switch story. It made me remember something: supportability is crucial to the success of your software. Your programs are out there in the wild, alone. There are no helpful debuggers that you (or anyone) can hook up. There are no creative developers around that would find the real issue in…

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A review of AOpen’s Pandora Box

So, we all saw the recent article in CNet around the new Pandora box. Still – no specs in that article. However, I was curious and after a little search, I found these (unofficial) specs on www.legitreviews.com Celeron M 1.3G 256MB DDR II 40G 2.5” HDD Slot-in Slim Combo Drive Power Adapter Power Cable (US type) DVI Converter…

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