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ST 4U 42: Swap the Mouse Buttons in Squeak

February 2, 2011 7:08:45.474

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at swapping the mouse buttons in Squeak, so that the right mouse button brings up the context menu. 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:

Swap Squeak Buttons

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I'm in the Wrong Place

February 2, 2011 8:20:05.863

The weather right now back home:

Meanwhile, here in Dallas:

The tv news tells me that many of the highways are parking lots filled with ice patches, and that rolling blackouts are hitting various areas. Joy :)

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Questions about "The Daily"

February 2, 2011 17:49:45.821

Jeff Jarvis would like to see math that adds up for News Corp. on "The Daily" - reading his post makes it look iffy to me, in the same way that the production of "Spiderman" on Broadway is iffy. Add in Apple's in app subscription rules, and things really get interesting.

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ATT Adds Mobile Hotspots

February 2, 2011 18:18:28.469

If they add this to the iPhone, I'll be tempted to give up my grandfathered unlimited plan:

When bundled with AT&T's 2GB Data Pro Plan ($25/month), the mobile hotspot app costs $20 per month and adds 2GB of extra data service. However, the 4GB allotment applies to all devices connected through the hotspot, and an overage charge of $10 per gigabyte applies if the user goes over 4GB.

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JS 4U 29: Cookies

February 3, 2011 7:20:20.869

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

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Make that Content Available

February 3, 2011 9:41:07.000

Who knew? The media's theory about making content available during brief "windows" drives up piracy rates outside of those windows. TechDirt explains:

One of the main reasons why people access unauthorized copies is because they can't get legitimate copies. The movie industry is so infatuated with "windows" that it doesn't seem to realize that restricting how people can access their movies only drives more and more people to unauthorized means.

That, and the fact that the media outfits are consumed with the idea of selling you N copies of the same content, where N equals the number of devices you own. Here's a hot tip: if I have the DVD, I shouldn't need to buy a digital copy to put on my iPad. So long as I bought the DVD, I should be able to make use of that content on a personal basis any way I want. Sure, if I start selling copies, or even giving them away, that's a problem. If I want to watch on another device? Not so much.

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Spray on Skin

February 3, 2011 14:10:40.000

This is just really, really cool.

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ST 4U 43: Recovering Lost Code in Squeak

February 4, 2011 7:19:57.193

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at recovering lost code in Squeak using the change list tool. 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:

Swap Squeak Buttons

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More Exciting Weather in Dallas

February 4, 2011 7:24:27.293

Keeping in mind that there's still ice on the roads (4 days after the ice storm, mind you), this is what I woke up to today:

Looks like another day of working from the hotel - driving in to the office yesterday had some white knuckle moments, and getting to the airport later today will be enough excitement for me...

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Alice's Restaurant and Collections

February 4, 2011 9:38:48.000

Where did some of the Smalltalk Collection protocol come from? Well, according to this relayed recollection from Dan Ingalls, it came from Alice's Restaurant:

But I recognized it right away, here’s how “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” transitions from the littering trial to the draft:
"Came to talk about the draft. They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street, where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected."

If that's true, it's hilarious :)

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Winter in Dallas

February 4, 2011 15:29:47.589

This is very unusual for Dallas - an ice storm is one thing, but having three days of sub-freezing weather (keeping the ice on the roads) followed by a couple of inches of snow? That's weird. Here was what I faced leaving the hotel to get to DFW this morning - bear in mind that there's pretty solid ice under that mess:

I-635 was better near the airport, but here's what it looked like near the hotel:

The airport was no joy, either:

It's not all bad though - I'm catching an earlier flight only because of a delay, so I do manage to get home a bit early :)

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A First Look at Smalltalk

February 4, 2011 16:40:02.000

A software developer shares his thoughts on Smalltalk - it's a good read, focusing on Pharo.

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Waiting For News

February 5, 2011 9:58:11.172

I haven't tried "The Daily" yet, but John Gruber's review isn't making me more interested:

Why wait for The Daily when you can open Mobile Safari and see the home page for any of your favorite news sites in 10 seconds? The point of native apps is to provide a better experience than websites can offer. Watching a splash screen rotate a “Loading…” spinner for 80 seconds isn’t it.

I'm frequently on very slow wifi at hotels now, so that 80 seconds might turn into gosh knows how long for me. He makes a great point bout how Flipboard gets something in front of you fast, and then continues loading in the background. That's what this sort of news app needs to do.

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JNIPort Ready for Squeak, VisualWorks, and Pharo

February 5, 2011 16:16:50.030

JNIPort is now working in Squeak, Pharo, and VW:

JNIPort is a Smalltalk library which allows Java code to be invoked from Smalltalk. It acts as a bridge between the world of Smalltalk objects and a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) where Java code is executing.

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Does Weather.com Know Something?

February 6, 2011 10:48:23.971

Glaciers covered the entire state of Maryland and no one told me:

These graphics glitches are getting pretty amusing :)

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IM 16: Refactoring

February 6, 2011 11:26:45.031

Welcome to episode 16 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week Dave Buck and I talk about an upcoming refactoring course he's giving over the web, and we touch on a number of topics related to refactoring. You can get registration information for Dave's course at simberon.com

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 16: Refactoring (AAC)

February 6, 2011 11:27:00.131

Welcome to episode 16 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week Dave Buck and I talk about an upcoming refactoring course he's giving over the web, and we touch on a number of topics related to refactoring. You can get registration information for Dave's course at simberon.com

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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Fun with Minecraft

February 6, 2011 23:57:28.679

I have friends who have done some very cool things in Minecraft, but I was pretty pleased with how this room came out. I mostly dug stuff up while my daughter made the interior look nice:

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ST 4U 44: The Squeak File List Tool

February 7, 2011 0:18:38.899

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at the file list tool (editor) 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:

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That Podcast Returning

February 7, 2011 13:59:36.353

We'll be posting a new edition of "That Podcast" this week - Michael Fincher and I will be doing another round on "Dead Money" now that I've successfully gotten through it. 

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Smalltalk in NYC

February 7, 2011 22:29:38.673

Arden Thomas will be talking about Polycephaly at the next NY STUG meeting:

This presentation discusses some basic strategies for how Smalltalk can leverage multi-core computers, and the results of using a new simple framework that is now included with Cincom’s VisualWorks and ObjectStudio.

February 24th at 6:30 pm

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JS 4U 30: Creating New Objects

February 8, 2011 7:13:45.302

Javascript 4 U

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

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More Ice?

February 8, 2011 7:43:04.752

This looks like fun:

At least it warmed up while I was back at home, and all of last week's ice went away....

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Mac Problems

February 9, 2011 8:23:32.110

I can't get the daily screencast posted - my MBP seems to be unable to connect to the wifi here (even though every other device I have can).  This leads me to believe that I have a hardware issue of somekind. I have a call into Apple, but with the ice/snow storm in progress here in Dallas, I doubt I'll make it to the Apple store until I get back home.  Sigh.

Update: The good news is, it's not the Mac - I walked a short distance to a McDonalds, and the wifi connects just fine. The bad news is, I now need to talk to (probably clueless) hotel staff. Bah.

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ST 4U 45: Processes in Smalltalk

February 9, 2011 9:53:56.872

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at the process model in Smalltalk. While the screencast uses Pharo, the same principles apply across at least Squeak, Pharo, Cuis, and VisualWorks. 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:

Smalltalk Processes

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