A Meager Tribute

With all the political wrangling and the coulda-shoulda-woulda flotsam bobbing to the surface in Katrina’s wake, it’s all too easy to forget the unique role that New Orleans played in the development of a uniquely American art form. Were it not for New Orleans’ unique cultural mix–a mix that owes itself as much to New…

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Compound Statement Macros

I had thought this was a rather well-known trick, but, after reacquanting myself with Alexandrescu’s Modern C++ Design, I’ve come to believe that it’s not at as well-known as I thought.  So, I thought I’d share it here for posterity. It’s common to write a macro that looks like a function call, yet expands to…

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Mac Messenger 5.0

I’ve had a number of people, both in comments and in private e-mail, ask me about continuing development on Mac Messenger. Until now, I could only give cryptic answers to those questions. No longer. Mac Messenger 5.0 was released to the web today. You can read about it here. You can download it here. I’ve…

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Pigs Have Flown…

…through Hyde Park. Way cool!   Rick Currently playing in iTunes: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) by Pink Floyd

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Feeling Antinomial

Today’s theme seems to be names. Dave Winer and Kosso are wondering about Robert Scoble’s middle initial. Sorry, Robert, but I’ve already staked a claim to having all the relevant initials. On almost related note of vanity, having a last name that happens to be a common verb in some other language makes for a…

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Gettin’ Published

Well, APress is advertising it, and Amazon is taking orders for it, so I suppose I can now publicly revel in the fact that Joel Spolsky selected my essay on Mac Word 6 for his collection of essays, The Best Software Writing I, Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky. Props go to Derek Miller at…

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Got Frontier and MacBird Experience?

Dave Winer is looking for a Mac developer with knowledge of Frontier and MacBird to work on his latest project: an OPML editor. According to Dave, the Mac version is stalled. If I didn’t just get a load of work heaped on me, I’d be sorely tempted to toss my hat in. It’d be a…

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Big Dave (Which One?)

Dave Winer provided this link to an article posted by Dave Luebbert. Dave Luebbert was the development manager for Mac Word 5.0, and was my first boss at Microsoft. Dave (L) is an incredible guy. He’s a musician, and a very big fan of Jazz. He’s been working on a music composition program (Song Trellis)…

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Flipping Out

I’ve seen quite a few people comment in blogs that the endian issue I mentioned yesterday won’t turn out to be much of an issue. Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you about drinking the Kool-Aid, but it you still have some lingering doubts that there isn’t a significant number of developers out there…

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The Beginning of the Endian

So the rumors have been true. Apple is moving to Intel processors, which, in some ways, makes sense. At least it does from Apple’s point of view. The Kool-Aid has never really affected their ability to figure out what’s right for Apple regardless of the direction they’ve taken. For users, the transition won’t be all…

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