No, I Am Not One Of The Village People

I decided to dress up for Halloween as a contractor. I should have painted the tools gold so that I could have said I was a government contractor. But everyone thinks I’m dressed as one of the Village People. What do I have to do — start overcharging people?

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The Art of Writing Headlines (Sucks)

Something Scoble wrote about reminded me of being an editor: the more controversial a headline is, the more likely people are to read it. I can remember BYTE’s “Is Unix Dead?” cover story and the controversy it stirred up a decade ago — and it wasn’t even a statement: it was a question. Headlines are largely written…

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Wiring a Kiln or "So That’s What 200 Amps Smells Like"

Recently, my wife found a great deal on a Skutt 41″ oval kiln that a school had to get rid of. It had never been used, and they were offering it for $1200 (a great deal). So we borrowed a friend and a pickup truck and retrieved it. The next task was to wire it…

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RTM is Here: Time to Remove Betas

In general, Microsoft doesn’t support upgrading from one beta or CTP to another (the user-friendly instructions are to reformat), nor from beta to RTM of Visual Studio and .NET Framework. Fortunately, Dan Fernandez helped create a tool to aid in the uninstallation of beta 2 of VS from your system to help you install the…

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An Ad, but a Funny Ad

Everyone once in a while, Microsoft does a good one. Check out this LiveMeeting ad.

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Evolution of the Cathedral

In his post about the changing cathedral and bazaar, Jon Udell asserts that the cathedral and the bazaar are both changing. And of course, they are — that which stands still, dies. At the same time, my core point is that the “sharp edges” I’m talking about are manifestations of user experience. User experience is…

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Are You Dumb?

A game to play with the sound turned low so nobody can hear whether you’re dumb or not.

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Supersonic Flight

I guess the Concorde never made back what it cost to research and develop it. I suspected that, but didn’t know it.

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VB .Next

Good article on eWeek on VB “9.”

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