Times have changed

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When I was a kid my dad told me “nope, no TV when I was a boy, crystal radio. We just had our friends from college here for New Year’s with their kids….Among the 8 of us (the four kids were 17, 15, 11 and 10), we had 7 digital cameras (if you count phones)), … Read more
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Free Video on Ajax

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Self promotion warning I’ve just posted a 15 minute quick video on AJAX technology. Now, to be up front, the point of the video is to interest potential readers in my up coming books, but that said, the video may be of interest to some folks here, so I thought I’d mention it. You can … Read more
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Dilbert Stumbles

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Fanatic: noun: a person who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject. A jerk: someone who can’t take a joke, doesn’t know when to let a wise crack slip by, turns everything into political commentary. Scott Adams: one of the funniest men alive. Okay. I don’t want to be a jerk, and I … Read more
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A new way to blog – non linear

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I have moved my political blog over to TiddlyWiki which describes itself as a “non-linear personal web notebook.” One limitation of traditional blogs is that each entry is a stand alone mini-article. That can be fine, but for my own blog I’d like a bit more inter-article connection. TiddlyWiki (silly name, but what can you do?) tie … Read more
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Thinking about words visually

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What could be more boring, less innovative than an online thesaurus? But the same kind of thinking that went into ThinkTank (Dave Winer’s brilliant outlining program developed in 1988!) has gone into VisualThesaurus The goal of this software (available on line or as a desk-top application) is to create a word map of associations that … Read more
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Dictation Software Revisited

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A number of years ago, I entertained the idea of dictating my articles and or books. Dragon NaturallySpeaking seemed to be the most popular and perhaps most effective software at that time. I foundthat the accuracy was shockingly high. But what was most interesting was that even with such high accuracy, it was almost unreadable. This … Read more
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These are a few of my favorite things

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Holidays are coming, so here is a list of some of my favorite, can’t live without ’em software utilities Exam Diff Pro – best software I know for examining differences in files and directories. Incredibly easy to use, to customize and very reliable. FinePrint – allows you to do all sorts of fancy printing, but … Read more
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Times Reader

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Have you seen the new Times Reader? This is a beta product from the NY Times that will knock your socks off; it shows what can be done with .NET 3 and it is beautiful (not to mention free).   When .NET 2 arrived there was no push from users to move from existing technology … Read more
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Small technological wonders

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Obviously, of all the technology that has come along in my lifetime (and there is an awful lot of it) the one that has had the biggest impact on my day to day life is the personal computer and all that goes with it. The crusher, of course, is the web. While PCs changed my … Read more
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Book Review

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For the moment, my contribution to Simple-Talk is to write fortnightly opinion pieces; thus I’m not quite sure what to do with my blog… so I thought I’d start off with reviewing a few books that I found particularly valuable and that I thought might be of interest to this community. The clear winner for … Read more
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