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December 2010 Entries

Best Christmas Gift windup ever.

posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:44 AM | Feedback (0)

The correct way to pluralize an acronym

This is something that’s been bugging me for a while, and I finally realised that english.stackexchange.com would probably have something to say about it. It did, yay! Double yay as I agree with what’s written there. Link: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?

posted @ Tuesday, December 21, 2010 5:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Websphere – Officially overdesigned

The mantra of CA Technologies' Donald Ferguson: Simplify – that title doesn’t really explain the reason for the link, but knowing my past involvement with IBM/Lotus, the quote might: When I was at IBM, I started a product called Websphere ... Because I had come from working on big mission-critical systems, I thought it needs to be scalable, reliable, have a single point of control ... It was too complex for people to master. I overdesigned it. It’s a great quote, that anyone who’s had to work with Websphere will no doubt appreciate. ...

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 9:29 PM | Feedback (0)

Stack Overflow 2010 Analytics

I find these excerpts from Stack Overflow 2010 Analytics to be an interesting read – the browsers, operating systems and screen resolutions especially. It’s a pretty selective subset of the Internet audience, which means a lot of these trends probably don’t translate across to the greater public, however I think that’s part of what makes the numbers all the more interesting.

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Feedback (0)

The top 50 Gawker Media Passwords

It’s sad but probably unsurprising that these top 50 passwords leaked from Gawker media show that in general we’re not getting any better with this whole “security” stuff.

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Google Maps & Label Readability

Google Maps & Label Readability, Part 2 – a short and interesting read which acts as another reminder that good design is a subtle art.

posted @ Sunday, December 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Feedback (0)

It’s a piece of Internet history

…and you can download all of Geocities as a massive torrent. Some interesting opportunities for statistical analysis in that torrent – such as counting the number of usages of the blink tag and other such artifacts. The thing is, there’s an opportunity to do something amusing with this torrent, but right now I can’t quite see what that is.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 11:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Single software licence shared 774,651 times

Single software licence shared 774,651 times – it’s viral marketing at its best. I like the fact of a company taking a different approach to this sort of stuff, and seeing it as an opportunity.

posted @ Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:36 PM | Feedback (0)

If you do this in an email, I hate you

An oldie, but still a useful reference: If you do this in an email, I hate you. Tags: Amusing

posted @ Sunday, December 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Kinect Fail–or win, depending on your point of view

I see many of these videos in the future of youtube. Tags: Gaming, Amusing

posted @ Friday, December 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Feedback (0)


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