IT Conversations: Kent Beck

The Conversations Network recently released an IT Conversations show I did post production on. Kent Beck tells stories about how his pioneering work in Test Driven Development, Design Patterns and Extreme Programming. Link.

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iPhone Mail’s Bug?

After upgrading my iPhone to 2.0, I ran into a couple of problems receiving messages. When I open the Mail.app, on occasion (3 to be precise), it attempts to connect and never establishes a connection. I left it in this state for a few days once, and it never connected, so no mail.

I solved the problem by exiting the Mail.app. You do this by opening Mail.app and holding the home button, the one with the square at the bottom of the iPhone. Hold it for about 10 seconds. Mail will close and you’ll be back at the home screen. Re-launch Mail, and all should be right.

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Utility of Podcasting

On the recent Podcast Brothers, Tim and Emile address the recent Slashdot article, “Will Twitter Join Podcasting on the ‘Net Sidelines’?

The brothers conclude, is this kind of service [podcasting] of any value: “If it’s valuable to you, and accomplishes your goals, then that’s all that really matters.”

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MojaveRATS Website

200803290949 Check out the MojaveRATS website. We’ll be chronicling our adventures supporting two teams running the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup. If you a licensed amateur radio operator, we’re still looking for volunteers. Visit the web site or contact me through the comments if you are interested.

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Lack of Blogging Activity

I blog infrequently, especially over the last few months. But I’ve been posting to Twitter quite a lot over the last year, mostly my adventures in podcasting. Much of it mundane — I’m working on show xyz, etc.

This is not a commitment, but let me see if I can start posting more frequently here.

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NAFTA Superhighway an Illusion?

How strange. According to Stephen Braun, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, the NAFTA Superhighway is an illusion. Some forgot to tell Lou Dobbs.

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Some Photos Offline

Some of my photos are unavailable. They are hosted on Zooomr.com. Zooomr is in the process of upgrading and some images are offline, and it appears my images are in that category.

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Cellphone “GPS” Works on iPhone

I’m happy to see the new Cell Phone Triangulation work on the iPhone. Where I’m working, it works better than my Blackberry on the T-Mobile network. The AT&T network is off by about 100 meters. I’m sure it can be better, but It’s good enough for me.

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Netscape Navigator is Dead! Long Live Navigator!

I was a user of Mosaic (which became Internet Explorer) in 1995. Then I used Netscape Navigator, before it was purchased by AOL. I still have the floppy I used on my Macintosh 8100AV. Thanks to Firefox we may now lay Netscape Navigator to rest.

By way of Boing Boing!

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The Christmas Gifts

In our extended family, we get lots of baked goods for gifts – biscotti and cookies from my aunt and cousins. I also get a few groceries. The ramen noodles are nice. These are classier, in nicer packaging. Funny, because i like receiving this for Christmas.

I’m grateful. It’s a shame I’ll have to eat them.

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Bob Edwards Weekend

Bob Edwards was one of the reasons I went with XM Radio. Now he is podcasting a weekend edition to his show. In fact, XM Radio has started podcasting multiple programs. Sweet!

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A Couple of Safari Pros and Cons

I’m still running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The latest version of Safari seems to be more stable. So far, it hasn’t hung up on some JavaScript sites and I’m now able to use GoogleDocs. On the down side, GMail email address auto lookup doesn’t work now. Major irritant forcing me to know recipient email addresses. Will have to use Firefox or Mail.app to write messages until it’s fixed. And yes, I switch go to Leopard when I have the time to upgrade.

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More Problems with Microfinance

Friends at my church have been promoting microfinance as a means to pull the third world out of poverty. Until recently I was an advocate of microfinance, but Jeff Tucker of the Mises Institute changed my mind with his analytic response. In fact, he has written on this as early as 1999.

Today, Michael Miller at the Acton Institute has a moral response to advocates of microfinance. There are nasty problems lurking in the shadows, for which microfinance may result in the exact opposite effect than intended.

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Los Angeles City Fire Department Gets It When it Comes to the Web

Brian Humphrey, from the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Media and Public Relations, really understands the web and how a Fire Department can put it to use. First he started twittering major incidents. Lately, he’s been blogging complete reports, such as this dramatic rescue.

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Jelly Fish

From the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jelly Fish

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WRT54G with Comcast Modem

Couldn’t figure out why my Linksys WRT54G router wasn’t connecting to the modem Comcast sent me. After spending most of last night, and part of this evening, I found this site. Unplug your comcast modem for 30 seconds so it can “forget” the mac address of my compter and pick up the mac address of the router.

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Book Reviews Without Stating Shortcomings

I’m attempting to look for good books on Visual Basic. I’ve found that about.com has some rather useless reviews, then again, I guess their audience just wants a list of books. But it’s hard to make a decision when all of the reviews wax on the positive aspects of the books without addressing shortcomings. At the very least, it would guide the reader into what combination of books would suite his or her needs.

I’m going with the amazon.com reviews O’Reilly kindly provides to the reviews of their books. Positive or negative, with a little bit of critical thinking, all the information is useful in the selection of a book.

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Book Reviews Without Stating Shortcomings

I’m attempting to look for good books on Visual Basic. I’ve found that about.com has some rather useless reviews, then again, I guess their audience just wants a list of books. But it’s hard to make a decision when all of the reviews wax on the positive aspects of the books without addressing shortcomings. At the very least, it would guide the reader into what combination of books would suite his or her needs.

I’m going with the amazon.com reviews O’Reilly kindly provides to the reviews of their books. Positive or negative, with a little bit of critical thinking, all the information is useful in the selection of a book.

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What’s Wrong with Democracies?

I came across this in a posting about friend, Ed Stringham:

“… Democracies adopt bad policies because most people are irrationally committed to systematically mistaken economic (and other) beliefs, and politicians have to heed public opinion to get elected”

So much for bringing democracy to the rest of the world.

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