Borland Together to go .NET: While reiterating its commitment to Java, Linux, and the general concept of cross-platform-ness, according to this News.com article, Borland appears to have unveiled the first tool in its .NET strategy (they’d already made the general commitment to support .NET). Although no details are yet available on Borland’s site, it appears that the first thing they will produce is a new version of Together Control Center for .NET. No Delphi for .NET yet.
Casey Chesnut has written a client for the Pocket PC Phone Edition that records your voice, shoots it off to a .NET Web Service running a speech recognition engine, and returns the results to your client. The best use of this is certainly for constrained input, not continuous speech recognition. Is there a killer app? The one that comes to mind is hands-free routing: a GPS still costs a few hundred bucks and inputting a destination is a pain, especially when driving. “I’m at mile 200 on route 50 in Nevada. How far to the gas station?” would be a pretty cool thing to be able to ask your phone.
Delightfully, Jakob Nielsen’s latest Alertbox argues that voice interfaces are poor choices for the majority of applications. Compare and contrast.
Dot-com tell-all Website sued by former CEO. The ex-CEO of a now-defunct company for which I worked is trying to quash Fabian Gonzalez’ iMind Parody Site for detailing how the company burned through $15M in investment while having employees share toilet-cleaning duty.
Substance abuse; first class plane tickets, five-star hotels and limos on a bottomless expense account; the presentation to the Chinese Ministry of Education that fell-through because the CEO flew to the wrong city (Beijing, Nanjing — they all sound alike).
These stories are not in dispute, but the ex-CEO contends some other details on the site have caused him emotional distress. Gonzalez’ site is alleged to have contributed to the collapse of another multimillion-dollar investment “opportunity” helmed by the ex-CEO and is being sued by both the CEO and the CEO’s new company, so the deeper pockets are on the side of silencing the site. Visit it while you can and consider contributing to Gonzalez’ legal defense fund.
Baby sleep aid says: “I hate you”. “a Vancouver, Wash., family discovered that the toy they unsuspectingly attached to their son’s crib utters the words “I hate you” amid the rhythmic ocean sounds designed to lull the baby asleep.” Link Discuss (Thanks, Jeremy!) via [Boing Boing Blog]
This brings back fond memories of the time I spent 45 minutes on my college radio show trying to extract the phrase “Toke on a leaf for Satan” by playing “Stairway to Heaven” backwards. (If you’re open to suggestion, you can hear it starting at “…there’s a feeling I get…”).
Installed Simon Fell’s pingback client for Radio. Yep! It works like a charm. Awesome. Okay, so much for my Trackback server! I guess I’ll re-implement it as a pingback server!
Esoteric computer languages. Anyone who hasn’t seen this already should check it out. This site is sort of a clearing house for bizarre programming languages, designed either to annoy the user or to explore odd programming paradigms (often both). My personal favorites are Unlambda (functional programming in hell) and Befunge (two-dimensional control constructs, anyone?). Another highly amusing language is called hq9+, which is, oddly, not linked from the above site. If you like this sort of thing you should also check out this site.
Top Ten Vulnerabilities of Web Applications Well worth reading.
25 Pathetic Attempts to Make .NET Look Bad Fun stuff, especially the comments.
Met with Serguei Dmitriev and Eugene Belyaev of JetBrains, the makers of IDEA, the best IDE for Java. I was trying to show them some of Marin, but just as we got to the ocean, it started pouring. “We’re from Russia,” they said, undeterred. We walked for, oh, 3 minutes before retreating to a bar in Sausalito. They’re looking for star programmers.