Fucking Shit

We just found out that the fucking margins on Tina’s second fucking lumpectomy aren’t clear, meaning that she either has to get another fucking lumpectomy or a fucking mastectomy. Total fucking shit. And today’s our fourteenth fucking wedding anniversary.

This is the type of situation for which I keep swearing in reserve.

Learning to Program

John Montgomery wonders what would be good non-traditional ways to learn to program (where “traditional == text-based tutorial”). This is a subject dear to my heart and I started to write a post, but it looks like that’s turning into an article, so here I’ll just make the observation that the expectation of what is intriguing / cool about computers has dramatically changed in the past 20 years and this has created a greater tension between opposing desires: the desire to give power to the student and the desire to teach the key to computing power which is the utter plasticity of Turing machines.

LaPlante leaving Microsoft, Replaced by Outsider Andrew Kass

Rick LaPlante, who was largely responsible for Microsoft’s strategic embrace of Application Lifecycle Management and the “super-sizing” of the IDE into VSTS, is leaving Microsoft and turning over the keys to Andrew Kass. Kass is most recently SVP of Product Development at an Atlanta company called S1 that “delivers customer interaction software for financial and payment services.”

Kass has also held positions with Oracle, PeopleSoft and Living.com. As far as I can tell, he’s basically an expert in CRM development. He got some notice for writing a caching mechanism for ATG Dynamo, presumably in Java.

I don’t know Kass, so it’s hard to say how much of a change this represents, but certainly it seems like a significant shakeup.

Sun Pops Stack: Turnaround Unlikely

Scott McNealy, co-founder and long-time CEO of Sun, is stepping aside in the wake of a miserable financial quarter, elevating Jonathan Schwartz to the top spot at the company. “Stepping aside” may be a euphemism for “shown the door” by a frustrated board, but my take is that, directionally, there doesn’t appear to be any shakeup: Schwartz and Papadopoulos move up a level and that’s about it. Alan Zeichick suggests that McNealy’s exit may foreshadow a sale. May be, although I have a hard time figuring out for whom Sun would be a good investment.

Sun’s always been difficult to parse. There have been two eras when I thought they were going to take over the world (the early 90s and the late 90s) and other eras where I thought they were entirely irrelevant. With IBM clearly the most influential corporate entity in the Java world, now is one of those “irrelevant” periods. On the other hand, Sun has some brilliant people working for them, the type of people who can create industry-changing technologies. I thought that clockless CPUs might be that type of technology for Sun, but it was AMD, not Sun, that emerged as Intel’s major competitor (and, incidentally, showed yet again how conservative the market is about CPU instruction sets).