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October 2005 Entries

Being married for over 25 years, my wife (Bobbi) and I have a well established "points" system. Of course it only works one way, she "always" has plenty of points! Normally I'm in pretty good shape, send her flowers at work on our anniversary, take care of her when she is sick, buy tickets to go see our son in Chicago because he can't come here for Christmas. This weekend I definitly blew it! I'm visiting my dad in Phillidelphia and did not try to make it home yesterday for hurricane Wilma. Now Bobbi ......

Ron Jacobs, Patterns and Practices Group Smart Client Application ThompsonOne - Analytics Trading information Clients -> Fat Client -> Thin Client -> Smart Client Composite Smart Client Integrated Dell Desktop High call center turnover Started on web application But it was not quite good enough, kept adding java script Up to 500,000 lines of java script and it did not make sense Moved to windows form application, independent applications Session, Workflow, display (with promotion, customer, ......

As part of Devry's “Advisory Board” I was invited to hear presentations of the senior projects. Much of the coursework revolves around .NET and C# although they do teach other things and one of the projects does not use .NET. The university and students find companies to sponsor the projects and most of them will actually be in production at these companies. The biggest team was 3 people and it was done part time over a couple of months so the scope of each project is reasonably small. ......

From Robert Scoble, http://radio.weblogs.com/00... at Microsoft Channel 9, a two part tour of the computer history museum, http://www.computerhistory.... hosted by Gordon Bell. A good history of the computer museum starting in Gordon's closet, through the DEC lobby in Marlboro into Boston then out to Silicon Valley. At one point Gordon mentions Encore (it was actually the "Hydra" division in particular) and how the project was out of control. He drove to New Hampshire to buy a Macintosh ......