Just a Geek

I just finished reading Wil Wheaton’s "Just a Geek."  It recounts his struggles after leaving Star Trek.  Today Wil Wheaton is a prominent Geek.  He has 3 books, a popular blog, and was the keynote speaker at PAX 2007.  However, for the 15 years between leaving Star Trek: The Next Generation and today, he really…


On the Edge

I started On the Edge:  The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore this summer but had to put it on hold as I went back to class.  Now that class is done, I have a few weeks to read what I want and finishing this was my first order of business. On the Edge tells…


First EMI, Then Universal, Now Warner…

Apparently Warner Music just announced that they were releasing all of their tracks DRM-free.  That makes 3 of the big four giving the heave-ho to DRM.  Sony is now the lone holdout against the future.  How long until they give in to the inevitable?  Next up, the movie industry?  We can only hope.


Encapsulate What Varies

It took a lot longer than I expected but this is first installment of my Design Principles To Live By series:  Encapsulate Variation.  This is a quick tour through the principles behind the design patterns.  Following these allows will allow you to make the "right" choice in most situations.  As with everything, there are exceptions…


Let It Snow!

Here’s my white Christmas:


Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you are all able to spend some good time with family and friends.  I’m off to see what Santa brought me. [2 hours later]  We finished opening presents and it started to snow!  Not a little snow, but a lot of snow.  Large flakes fill the air.  A white Christmas…


What Is Test Automation?

I talk about it a lot, but I don’t know that I’ve ever defined it.  A reader recently wrote in and asked what exactly this was.  I suppose that means I should give a better explanation of it. Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, testers were computer-savvy non-programmers.  Their job was to use…


Vista SP1 Release Candidate Available to the Public

Vista SP1 RC1 has just been released for public consumption.  If you want to try it out, you can do so here.  I’m running this on most of my machines without incident.  This includes my Media Center at home.  So, from my few data points, it seems quite stable.  Don’t expect any major changes in…


Dynamic Range and Color Spaces

Bill Crow, best known for his work on HDPhoto/JPEG-XR, has a great post about dynamic range and color spaces.  If you are into photography or video, understanding this is important.  As we try to aggregate video from more and more sources onto varying display mediums, color science is becoming every more important.  Bill gives a…