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news

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:

Swap Squeak Buttons

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

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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.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

To watch now, click on the image below:

Cookies

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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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JS 4U 31: Defining Your Own Class

February 10, 2011 7:32:54.703

Javascript 4 U

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

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

To watch now, click on the image below:

Class Creation

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Pharoconf Today

February 10, 2011 7:51:13.873

There's a Pharo event going on today - you can follow the news via Twitter.

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He Complains Too Much

February 10, 2011 13:46:53.000

I'd have more sympathy for Tim Bray's rant about ajax usage and weird url strings if twitter.com/timbray fell on the floor. But look gang - it actually goes to his twitter stream. Sure, along the way it redirects to the funky hashbang url and picks up the ajaxified stuff he goes on about, but still - the simple url actually works.

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How the Other Half Lives

February 10, 2011 15:00:00.000

One of the things that's been a real revelation to me in this job is the whole "how the other half lives" thing. What do I mean by that?

Well, back when I worked at Cincom, it was pretty easy for me to push stuff out to the web,and to access whatever I wanted to see on the web. I worked from home, on a machine I had full access to. At this new job, I'm seeing how things are for software developers in big shops:

  • Locked down, developer level access only Windows clients
  • Firewalls that block everything - streaming media, tons of blog sites, anything related to video games, and so on

Now, the blockage makes sense to the IT department - after all, you don't want your proxy server taken down when everyone wants to watch the latest viral YouTube video. On the other hand, it makes it clear to me how some of what I was doing at Cincom didn't always reach the target audience. Tutorial videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook? Blocked. Public Store Repository? Blocked. Heck, the only reason that the audio and video I hosted on the Cincom servers is accessible is because that site isn't a "known" streaming service.

Fortunately, I still have my personal machine, and once I get to working at home more often I'll be back on the public net more continuously. For people working fulltime in a large organization's office though? The wider net really only exists before and after work, and that means in between family obligations.

That's why all of the social media outreach I'm so in favor of can't be the only thing you do. At this point in time, there are still a ton of people who won't ever see it - at least during working hours.

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ST 4U 46: Autocomplete in Pharo

February 11, 2011 7:38:33.736

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at autocompletion in Pharo. 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:

Pharo Autocomplete

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Aida 6.2 Out

February 11, 2011 18:15:21.129

Janko Mivsek has an early spring gift:

On the sunny side of the Alps we have a spring already, so let me bring a bit spring to you too with this new Aida release :) Fresh features from last month:

  • new event framework
  • unified JSON messaging (over WebSocket, Ajax, Comet)
  • pure JavaScript for Ajax, Prototype loaded only on demand

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Silver Smalltalk?

February 11, 2011 19:24:24.298

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That Podcast 17: Dead Money Take Two

February 11, 2011 22:55:41.997

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 17 of "That Podcast: An FNV Diary" - a podcast where Michael Lucas-Smith and I document our trials and tribulations in Fallout: New Vegas.

On today's podcast, I'm joined by guest host Michael Fincher again. Now that I've finished "Dead Money" properly, we took another look at it, start to finish. I built a new character with this DLC in mind, and that's what we spoke about.

You can subscribe in iTunes (or any podcatcher) using this feed, or this one for the AAC edition. You can get to the podcast directly in iTunes via this link. You can also go to the iTunes store and leave a comment, or join the Facebook Group and discuss the podcast.

If you want to download the podcast directly, I've provided it in three formats:

Got feedback? Send it to James. We'd really appreciate it if you head on over to iTunes and leave a comment - enjoy the podcast, and we'll see you in the wastelands!

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That Podcast 17: Dead Money Take Two (AAC)

February 11, 2011 22:56:02.747

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 17 of "That Podcast: An FNV Diary" - a podcast where Michael Lucas-Smith and I document our trials and tribulations in Fallout: New Vegas.

On today's podcast, I'm joined by guest host Michael Fincher again. Now that I've finished "Dead Money" properly, we took another look at it, start to finish. I built a new character with this DLC in mind, and that's what we spoke about.

You can subscribe in iTunes (or any podcatcher) using this feed, or this one for the AAC edition. You can get to the podcast directly in iTunes via this link. You can also go to the iTunes store and leave a comment, or join the Facebook Group and discuss the podcast.

If you want to download the podcast directly, I've provided it in three formats:

Got feedback? Send it to James. We'd really appreciate it if you head on over to iTunes and leave a comment - enjoy the podcast, and we'll see you in the wastelands!

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music

The Way Things Were

February 12, 2011 11:37:21.991

In case anyone thinks that the music piracy argument is new - not so much. Before iPods and CDs, there was the mix tape:

I guarantee I am not the only one with a couple of tapes marked "Road Tunes" for playing while cruising the highway. For a while I was in the habit of buying an LP, listening to it a couple of times, and then putting the tracks onto a tape in an order I found pleasing. You may roll your eyes now, I don't care.

For me, it was less for road trips and more for college parties - how else could I ensure that a Blue Oyster Cut track or two made it into the soundtrack?

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Fixed the FNV Cast Files

February 12, 2011 13:59:20.791

FNV Podcast

Michael pointed out to me that there was a two minute dead space in the podcast - during the call, skype dropped out and I left the recording running to keep things in synch. Later, I neglected to edit the dead space out. I reposted the audio files, and updated the original posts, so if you grab episode 17 now, everything should be cool.

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Squeak 4.2 is Out

February 12, 2011 18:44:34.079

There's a new release of Squeak available: 4.2:

I'd like to call Squeak 4.2 finally officially released now. I posted the first maintenance "fix" to the squeak42 repository the other day, so our process for applying maintenance updates has been tested, in case we should need any more. I'm still waiting for final web-site updates from Janko, but I see no reason to postpone announcing any longer.

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