The Poor Management Epidemic

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I’ve noticed a bit of talk lately about poor management such as this piece from Dare and this one from Mini-Microsoft.

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Burning Man Community

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\ sherriffs.jpg \ Originally uploaded by soymlk. It’s pics like these that really capture the spirit of Burning Man. I love the juxtaposition of cultures in this particular photo. It displays the extent to which the Burning Man organizers work with the local communities and law enforcement to ensure a peaceful and cooperative environment. \

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You've Been Haacked in the Blog 1 Million.

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Many thanks to C|Not for listing the venerable You’ve Been Haacked in their Blog 1,000,000. The recognition is much appreciated.

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Friendly HaackMan Reminder: Do Not Forget To Blink

Hey you! Yeah I’m talking to you. The one there who has been staring at the screen for several hours straight. Do NOT forget to blink often.

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Community Server 1.2 Live Demo

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When it was released, I was quite critical of Community Server. I felt it was a rush job and shouldn’t have even been graced with a “beta” next to its name. That, along with other reasons, spurred me to start the Subtext project.

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Gmail adds Auto Save

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Man this would have saved me from tearing out a lot of hair in the past. An excerpt from the announcement:

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GhostDoc 1.3.0 Released!

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Ghost Doc Roland released Ghost Doc 1.3.0. I am looking forward to trying the new bits out. Check out his release notes.

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The Shining Redux - Feel Good Movie?

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The Shining Since when was The Shining a feel good movie? Since somebody creatively edited footage to make this promo.

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Twiggy Meets Ashton Kutcher

My wife can be a real bookworm at times. She took Twiggy to the local Starbucks in the downtown area of Culver City to have a drink and read her Spanish book outside in the beautiful weather. As she studied, she could overhear two guys behind her loudly engaged in annoying guy talk about some hot coworker of theirs and how some other guy got to her first.

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Coca Cola's Dirty Ad - Why QA Really Matters

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Saw this on the Snopes site about a Coke ad that Coca Cola released and then had to recall because of a hidden risqué image. Pretty damn funny. It just shows that companies shouldn’t skimp on QA.

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Housing Prices in Los Angeles

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Just to put housing prices in Los Angeles in perspective, we bought our small 1000 sq foot town house condo a year and a half ago. I just found out this week that our neighbors sold their comparable unit for 30% more than we paid for ours. It boggles my mind.

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A Critical Look at C# 3.0 Extension Methods

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Ian Griffiths takes an in-depth look at C# 3.0 Extension methods and the potential problems with it. Of particular note is his philosophy, which directly follows from the idea that code should be written for humans, which he summarizes whe he say…

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Thunder!

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I just heard thunder. I don’t think the weather here in Los Angeles got the memo, but we already had a thunderstorm. To the thunder clounds, go away and come back later when the yearly quota has’t been filled.

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Going Into Design Debt

Found this post in the trackbacks section of my post on Mental Laziness. It’s a classic example of where management pressure often leads to mental laziness.

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Splitting Pascal/Camel Cased Strings

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Found this post in RossCode which mentions a blog post that discusses how to bind enumerations to drop downs, something I’ve done quite often.

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Must We Put Code In Our Blog Titles and Subtitles?

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Perhaps it’s a rather innocuous practice, but after seeing one too many I am compelled to rant a bit, if only to be a total jerk. What do I speak of? I was going through the blogs in my blog reader the other day and I started noticing the predilection for geek blogs to have “cute” titles and/or subtitles with code snippets. I know we’re geeks, but must we be THAT geeky? It’s become so trendy that I must start the backlash now.

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MEME: Top 10 Recent Blogs

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Ok, I am looking for some blogging fresh meat, so I thought I’d try my hand at starting a meme. The criteria is purposely vague and very simple. I want you to list ten blogs you’ve really enjoyed reading recently. Especially the underrated, undiscovered, recent finds. They don’t have to be your favorite blogs of all time, just ones that have caught your notice recently.

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Now Repeat After Me, Var Isn't an Object

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Leave it to Ian to cut through the crap and give a very clear and detailed account of what exactly the new var keyword in C# does.

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VisualStudioHacks is alive...

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Good to see James revive this. I really need to buy this book.

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The Downside to Cool Software Names

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Certainly there’s been a bit of a bad reaction regarding the name changes of Indigo to WCF and Avalon to WPF.

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