BBEdit 8.5

MacWorld has a decent review of BBEdit 8.5, but it fails to mention a new feature that is of particular use to programmers. One of the features of CodeWarrior that I’d missed was the syntax highlighting that the IDE applied to symbols that were defined within the project.  In fact, I hadn’t realized just how…


Open XML Converters for Mac Office

There’s been a bit of flak about the Office Open XML file format converters for Mac Office.  Sheridan posted an update on MacMojo, and Schwieb weighed in regarding some of the comments that people have made.  There’s quite a bit of speculation gong on, and not a whole lot of information, so I’m going to…


Muddy Mojo Waters

Somewhere in the backroads of Issaquena County, Mississippi, along the banks of the Mississippi river, McKinley Morganfield was born.  Likely due to his early life so close to the Mississippi river, McKinley later came to be known as Muddy Waters.  The father of Chicago blues.  The man most responsible for introducing the electric guitar into the genre.  At one ponint in history, the…


Claiming Technorati

My profile is Technorati Profile. Nothing to see. Move along, now. Rick


Virtual PC and Visual Basic

Scene: A fly-over view of Microsoft’s campus focuses in on the building that houses Mac BU. The camera “flight” enters one of the offices through a window. During the fly-over, a voice-over says: New 3.0 GHz Mac Pro: $3,599.00 Two 23″ Apple Cinema HD Displays: $1998.00 Office space: $350.00/mo Competent developer… You get the picture….


Opportunity Cost

Back when I started blogging, I had a go-around with Pierre Igot. I’m not going to rehash it, but I think the best summary of the entire affair can be found here. During that discussion, I made the mistake of bringing up the concept of “opportunity cost.” The mistake wasn’t so much that the concept…


Michael Bartosh Memorial Scholarship

Those of you who knew, or knew of, Michael Bartosh, might want to check this out. John Welch, over at is pretty passionate about it.   Currently playing in iTunes: Fallen Down by Gov’t Mule


Vistas of Irony

There’s an old (“old” by our industry’s standards) urban legend about irony that actually found its way into the Darwin awards. I remember it getting sent around back when it first surfaced some time in 1994. In fact, as I recall, Dave Luebbert was the one who forwarded it to me. Over the past couple…


Two Years from Now

I predict that two years from now, my job will be exactly the same as it has been for the past 16 years.   Rick Currently playing in iTunes: End Of The Line by Allman Brothers


What’s Wrong with this Code: The Answer

Bjarne Stroustrup is a brilliant man, which means he’s very good at defining programming languages. It also means he’s not very good at writing books about the programming languages he’s defined. His writing goal is concise precision. Unfortunately, for those of us who have to read what he writes, that quest for concise precision often…