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JS 4U 26: Math Functions

January 25, 2011 7:39:17.238

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we take a look at the built in Math library in Javascript. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

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3D Films: Doomed by Evolution?

January 25, 2011 13:51:50.000

Via Roger Ebert, Walter Murch says yes:

The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.
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We can do this. 3D films would not work if we couldn't. But it is like tapping your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time, difficult. So the "CPU" of our perceptual brain has to work extra hard, which is why after 20 minutes or so many people get headaches. They are doing something that 600 million years of evolution never prepared them for. This is a deep problem, which no amount of technical tweaking can fix.

Read the whole thing, which has a lot of detail I left out. Bottom line - it sounds like 3D is an expensive gimmick that most people simply can't adapt to, through no fault of their own...

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Limited Unlimited with Verizon

January 25, 2011 18:37:12.915

Verizon is going to offer the unlimited $30/month data plan for the iPhone (apparently with the mobile hotspot). That's a ton better than the data plans ATT has now, but: it's a limited time offer. There's a possible reason to switch over now if your contract is in the right place, I guess.

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ST 4U 39: The Squeak Browser

January 26, 2011 8:35:09.530

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at the Squeak Browser. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Squeak Browser

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Squeak and SSL: HowTo

January 26, 2011 14:40:23.000

Andreas Raab explains how to use SSL with Squeak in a nicely detailed post. Check it out.

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Weather Differences

January 26, 2011 22:01:39.044

This is what things looked like as I walked into work today in Dallas:

Meanwhile, back home:

Looks like my daughter gets to shovel some snow

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JS 4U 27: Regex in Javascript

January 27, 2011 8:15:02.045

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we take a look at the built in Regex library in Javascript. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

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Regex

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No Power At Home

January 27, 2011 8:42:51.735

As I write this in my hotel in Dallas, there's no power back at home:

BGE claims it will be back on by 11 AM; it's apparently getting pretty darn chilly in the house....

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Headless Pharo

January 27, 2011 9:15:00.000

Pharo is getting better at headless running:

the last two days we worked hard with Marcus to incorporate this new stuff into image, and now we're done. All images past #13021 now have non interactive ui manager (NonInteractiveUIManager). We fixed almost all broken tests caused by introducing it (there are only few minor ones left).

The open source solutions are getting more and more reasonable - the commercial vendors are not going to be able to sit back and relax...

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Seaside Adaptor for Apache Updated

January 27, 2011 10:23:27.000

The Seaside adaptor for Apache has been updated again:

The AJP server adaptor for Seaside has been updated. The biggest difference is a new backend that should result in better performance when serving byte arrays from the image. Note that this is not an HTTP adaptor, you need an Apache frontend.

Since most people (myself included!) use Apache with their Smalltalk websites, this is welcome news.

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Seaside at FOSDEM

January 27, 2011 14:25:55.000

Spotted in Planet Squeak

Stephan Eggermont and Willem van den Ende will demo Seaside at the FOSDEM meeting in Brussels, Belgium to free and Open Source developers.

You can get more details from the Squeak mailing list and from the FOSDEM site.

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Did They See the Acronym?

January 27, 2011 18:13:50.286

I watched the State of the Union Speech yesterday - and no, this isn't a political post :) I did notice that the President's catch phrase during the speech was "Win the Future".

So.... when the speechwriters were coming up with that, did no one realize the more common meaning for the three letters: WTF?

Things that make me go hmmmm

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2012 Comes Early

January 27, 2011 19:28:20.780

My wife sent me this - apparently, the world ends at 7PM:

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ST 4U 40: More on the Squeak Browser

January 28, 2011 7:23:40.538

Today's Smalltalk 4 You continues with the Squeak code browser, looking at the various menus. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Squeak Browser

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Fallout 3 in Parallels 6

January 28, 2011 11:06:48.442

I wanted to give some of the Fallout 3 mods a try, and it looked inexpensive on Steam - under $30. Since Fallout: New Vegas runs under Parallels (after a few tweaks), I figured the older one would, too. And at first, it did, with no real issues. It installed a ton of stuff before it got going, and then came up slowly, but it ran, and looked pretty good. I played for about an hour, quit, and left it alone for a couple of days. Last night I came back, and it started up, but crashed as soon as my saved game was about to start. Googling found lots of references to the issue - and the fix that worked for me was the Windows live removal tool.

After I disabled the Windows Live hookup, the game ran, and it ran well. So next time I decide to sit down with it, I can actually download some of the more interesting looking mods and see how they look.

Ultimately, the biggest improvement in game play came from the upgrade I did to memory on the MBP - from 4 gb to 8gb. After that, I was able to give the Windows VM 4gb instead of 2, and that made a huge difference. The other thing that seems to help is making sure to buy games that have been out long enough for all the really dedicated gamers to have found or created solutions to common problems :)

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I'm So Spoiled

January 28, 2011 21:52:40.364

I had to sit back and ponder the state of my expectations today. We got up to 10,000 feet, and I turned wifi on - and nothing happened. Since I forgot to put Steam into offline mode before I left, that means no Steam games on the flight.

Just consider that for a second - it's not enough that I have power, now I expect to have network access up here, too :)

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Contrasts

January 29, 2011 15:49:24.263

When I left Dallas on Friday, it was almost 70 degrees. This is what I came home to:

At least I didn't have to shovel it - it looks like it was a lot of work :)

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IM 15: Smalltalk Solutions 2011 Preview

January 30, 2011 10:56:29.712

Welcome to episode 15 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week Michael and I talk the upcoming (March 14-16, 2011) Smalltalk Solutions conference. We are both attending and giving talks, and we both like the look of the agenda.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

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IM 15: Smalltalk Solutions 2011 Preview (AAC)

January 30, 2011 10:56:32.522

Welcome to episode 15 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week Michael and I talk the upcoming (March 14-16, 2011) Smalltalk Solutions conference. We are both attending and giving talks, and we both like the look of the agenda.

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

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Steam Hangups

January 30, 2011 19:37:56.577

It's not that I expect wifi at 30,000 feet to be awesome - but why does Steam refuse to log me in so often, requiring me to delete ClientRegistry.blob, and force this on me:

Sigh...

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High Sneak in FNV

January 30, 2011 20:48:49.860

I posted on the value of high sneak in Fallout: New Vegas a bit ago, but wow - I brought my level 23 character with high sneak and unarmed into Dead Money this weekend, and it was so much easier to make progress. I got into the Sierra Madre just before I had to leave for the weekend, but now I'll have to give Fallout 3 a shot with high sneak.

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ST 4U 41: The Process Monitor in Squeak

January 31, 2011 7:38:56.769

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at the Process Monitor tool in Squeak. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Squeak Process Monitor

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Shortcuts to Pharo Info

January 31, 2011 22:18:44.119

Torsten rounds up the useful - and easily remembered - Pharo links:

It's hard to remember long URL's. At least for me. But with these new shortcuts remembering important pharo-project sites is now easy:

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JS 4U 28: The Navigator Object

February 1, 2011 7:08:03.027

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we take a look at the built in Navigator object in Javascript. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

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Regex

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Ice Everywhere

February 1, 2011 9:02:47.865

This is what I woke up to this morning here in Dallas:

Meanwhile back home, I have a phone message telling me that my wife's grocery delivery order will be delayed... due to winter weather. It's everywhere I want to be :)

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Why Seaside

February 1, 2011 13:25:22.510

Dmitri Zagidulin explains why he picked Smalltalk and Seaside:

Why? Good god, why? Why should a choice of language, or especially a choice of which web app framework to use, matter? Because, I believe that: Your choice of app framework deeply affects your development speed, and your overall level of courage.

Follow the link to see what he meant by that :)

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