Doing Blogging the hard way or the easy way?

To break out a little from my normal technology discussion, I am thinking right now about how others generate traffic.  Am I right to generate my own material or should I utilize other people’s videos and so forth?  Many of my teammates are generating very high numbers utilizing short snippets, often by people other than…

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Cryptography: From ancient science to Win7 and Bing!

Microsoft is continuing to improve the science of cryptography.  There are a number of approaches to cryptography and its application to securing the identity of people, data and systems. Historically, the first codes were used by the Spartans, by wrapping a piece of paper around a stick and writing the message and then taking the…

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Intro to Math Add-in for Word 2007

  This is a REALLY cool tool for people who are taking Math, Engineering or Science classes.  I am going to take a break from the analysis of the BurnedLand example, since we need to make sure that we have a way to simulate and create our expected output from our F# tools and simulator. …

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F#: Ballistics, Rocketry and Research 4/12/2009

In the previous post, I talked about the units of measurement class in Chris Smith’s BurnedLand program.  We are continuing down this path because units are an important part of most scientists and engineering disciplines.  The reason we are going down this path is that I am demonstrating how F# could have saved the Mars…

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WTF#: Using F# to calculate Ballistics part 2

It was a quiet weekend here at Dana By the Sea, our neighbor’s son has apologized, of course in most any other neighborhood or time, his actions would have been of little note.  But in these times of tightly packed urban neighborhoods and news like the recent shootings everyone is nervous.  When I was a…

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WTF#: Changing the curriculum on programming for scientists and engineers

Changing the curriculum for Physics Majors and Engineers, as we can see, the process to prepare people who might be engineers and scientists (except for the computer scientists) need to have some modifications.  First of all, the process of training engineers and scientists appears to be modified, the computer scientist students need different approaches, they…

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WTF#: Could F# have saved the Mars Climate Orbiter?

  The Mars Climate Orbiter likely failed due to one sensor passing data in the wrong units to the central processing units on the MCO.  I have created a first cut demonstrating the use of the dimensional analysis capabilities in F#.  It is a simple idea, but one that helps the engineers and scientists to…

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WTF#: F#, and the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) crash in 1998

OMG: Slide Rules and F#, ‘sup with that?  World of Twitter, Facebook, $300 computers running Windows 7, why would I even mention this arcane tool?  F# and Slide Rules have something in common: Dimensional Analysis. In F# you can use dimensional analysis to implement your programs.  What does this mean?  You can save $250,000,000 in…

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WTF#: Compelling demonstration

Email thread with my favorite manager today, we can’t agree if F# can make a compelling demo for an online talk.  His criticism is correct, but I am sure I can do a compelling demo, unfortunately my favorite manager is often right, otherwise he is wrong.  However, he has some experience he did a bunch…

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WTF#: World of Warcraft, VSLAB and a note that I have an awesome manager

First off, I wish to thank the folks who are commenting on this blog, but one complaint: Edgar Sánchez left a comment but his blog engine will not allow me to leave a contact for him.  A tool that you might want to consider utilizing for your experimentation with the F# language: VSLab, a graphics…

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