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Time Machine and OS X Upgrades

March 27, 2011 23:59:00.025

Funny thing happened when I let my Macbook update itself to 10.6.7 - I think Time Machine was running when that started - and when the machine rebooted, the backup drive was corrupted. The data was still readable, but it wouldn't mount with write capability. The archives (it was only a few weeks worth) didn't matter that much to me, so I just reformatted and started over.

Now, I don't know that it was Time Machine - it's not like I looked. But I can't think of any other reason that the drive would have gotten into a bad state, unless it had a huge problem - and the fact that it's still quiet and reformatted cleanly seems to indicate otherwise....

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IM 23: Smalltalk and Objective-C (AAC)

March 27, 2011 9:43:20.905

Welcome to episode 23 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 with Michale Lucas-Smith and John McINtosh, after his keynote address. We spoke about the differences between Smalltalk development and Objective C (XCode) development). The podcast is a bit noisy - we recorded in a hallway while a lot was going on.

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 23: Smalltalk and Objective-C

March 27, 2011 9:43:05.755

Welcome to episode 23 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 with Michale Lucas-Smith and John McINtosh, after his keynote address. We spoke about the differences between Smalltalk development and Objective C (XCode) development). The podcast is a bit noisy - we recorded in a hallway while a lot was going on.

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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Turn on the Lights

March 26, 2011 16:25:11.398

To celebrate Earth Hour, I intend to turn on my lights - because celebrating the emergence from darkness makes a lot more sense than the idea behind it does.

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The Tablet is an "And" Device

March 25, 2011 15:26:24.000

PC World's Katherine Noyes has a fundamental misunderstanding of how tablets are being used outside of a business context. Claiming they are a "passing fad", she says:

Unlike smartphones, the tablet form factor is too large to fit in a pocket or purse, yet it doesn't offer anywhere near the functionality of only slightly larger devices like notebooks and laptop computers. I just don't see why you'd be willing to carry one of these things around--in addition to a phone, most likely--when you could have something convenient (a single good smartphone) or powerful (a laptop).

The funny thing is, most of the usage I've seen doesn't involve travel anywhere outside the home. My wife uses her iPad to read, and to browse or play games while the TV is on. This is the sort of usage I see most people talking about, and for "couch potato" usage, a tablet is far, far simpler than a laptop. It's easier to pick up and put down, takes up less space, and, for things like interacting with Netflix (especially if you have an AppleTV device), it's vastly simpler than connecting a laptop or desktop to the TV.

My usage is actually the outlier, I think. I travel with mine, and use it at the gym (while using an exercise bike). Basically, the tablet isn't a laptop replacement; it's a classic "I didn't know I needed that before I had it" device. You don't replace your laptop or phone with it; you use it in addition to those things.

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Fast Charging?

March 25, 2011 12:52:21.000

Interesting news on the battery front - there's some research aiming to recharge a lithium ion battery in minutes (as opposed to hours):

A trio of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are trying to solve that problem with a nanostructure design for batteries that could allow a lithium-ion battery to charge in two minutes rather than six hours.

That's cool, but my question is, what kind of power supply do you need for this? I'm guessing that a standard 110 outlet isn't going to cut it. Still, it would be nice to be able to use a laptop without worrying about "saving" it for a flight, and then fully charge it just before boarding.

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ST 4U 61: Starting Another Image From Pharo One Click (Windows)

March 25, 2011 8:16:05.003

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at running an image you saved after starting up a "one click" pharo image. In the last video, we did that on a Mac; today, we do the same thing on Windows. 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 One Click Saves

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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Morphic in JavaScript

March 25, 2011 6:39:31.628

Spotted in The Hitchhiker's Guide to Smalltalk:

Jens Möning ported Morphic (the UI framework used in Squeak and Pharo) over to JavaScript. It also runs nicely on the iPad as this videos proves.

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STIC Posts an StS 11 Overview Video

March 24, 2011 12:12:31.237

There's a short "Flavor of Smalltalk Solutions 2011" video on the STIC site. One caveat - if you try to view that on a mobile device that doesn't support Flash (or doesn't have that support loaded), you'll just get a blank frame.

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JS 4U 41: Getting Started with JQuery

March 24, 2011 8:45:00.787

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we start looking at the mos popular Javascript library at present - JQuery. 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:

JQuery

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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Testing Code

March 23, 2011 14:10:13.000

Leandro Caniglia has gotten a paper he wrote about testing (in the context of a large application he's involved in) in the magazine "Testing Experience". I can't link directly to the article (looks like you need a subscription) - but as I post this, the title of the paper:

Testing PetroVR, a software solution for the Oil & Gas Market

Is in the index.

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Cog VM at Google Code

March 23, 2011 9:30:29.037

Eliot's Cog VM for Squeak and Pharo now has a Google code project.

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ST 4U 60: Starting another Image from Pharo One Click

March 23, 2011 7:59:33.590

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at running an image you saved after starting up a "one click" pharo image. 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 One Click Saves

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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Will Amazon be the Next Big Tablet Player?

March 23, 2011 6:31:51.362

Business Insider ticks off all the pieces that Amazon has already put in place - they have the full retail experience down pat. If they released an Android based tablet, they would probably blow all the other Android players over to the sidelines and quickly become the main alternative to Apple. It all makes sense, too.

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Oh Noes, the Web is Broken

March 22, 2011 15:20:11.628

In the overblown worries department:

Even bigger change came with the rise of social networks and various web apps. Every day more content is hidden in the walled gardens of the web, like Facebook or Twitter, behind the fence of login and password. Just think about it: how much interesting content have you discovered in your friend’s updates, notes and tweets? This content is invisible to Google and other search engines, it’s not backed up by wayback machine or proxy servers. The number of people seeing only the things recommended by their social circle is growing.

Well gosh, a decade ago, Google wasn't indexing my conversations with friends after a golf game, either. How private conversations on Facebook and Twitter differ from that sort of thing is an exercise left to the sane....

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GNU Smalltalk 3.2.4 Released

March 22, 2011 11:34:20.362

GNU Smalltalk 3.2.4 is out - download it here, and go visit the website for the details on what's new.

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JS 4U 40: Changing an Element's Attributes

March 22, 2011 7:43:36.943

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we take a look at using Javascript to modify an attribute of a specific DOM element. 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:

Attribute Modification

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Complex Pricing = Lower Sales

March 22, 2011 6:32:16.457

Here's an idea I've been hammering on for years - complicated pricing kills sales:

One thing many companies — in any industry — can learn from Apple is the importance of simple pricing. If you make it easy for people to understand how much they’re paying, and what they’re paying for, it is more likely that they’ll buy it. Or perhaps this is driven more by the converse: if people are confused about how much they have to pay, they’re more likely not to.

That's obvious, and yet so many companies miss it. You'll often hear that "the Enterprise is different", but remember - purchasing agents are just people too, and if they can't follow your pricing they'll get every bit as jumpy as anyone else.

Also, clear pricing doesn't have to mean low pricing. Apple certainly isn't found in the bargain aisle at the Dollar store...

Update: Along the same lines as this post, I got an email this morning that had this in it:

I’m shocked at how difficult it is to buy a copy of VisualWorks! I couldn’t find a link on the site: “Buy this software” I ended up leaving a generic message.

Make it hard to buy your software, and you'll needlessly limit the size of your user base.

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So Long Unlimited Data

March 21, 2011 8:17:33.425

I finally pulled the plug on my unlimited iPhone data plan - I needed to travel to NYC this morning, and I needed network access. The Acela has WiFi, but when it's your own nickel, it's a bit pricey (which is really something that the HSR backers need to consider).

Anyway - a quick phone call to AT&T and I was sharing a hotspot with my Mac, my work laptop, and my daughter's Mac. I can work, as the VPN connection worked out as well. A bit slower than what I'm used to at home, but hey - it works. I'll have to watch the b/w usage; I already explained to my daughter that streaming video is not something we want to use on this :)

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ST 4U 59: Loading Seaside From Scratch

March 21, 2011 5:27:10.207

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at loading Seaside into a base Pharo image from scratch, using Monticello. 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:

Loading Seaside

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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Independent Misinterpretations 22: Smalltalk Solutions 2011 (AAC)

March 20, 2011 12:44:42.739

Welcome to episode 22 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 with James Savidge, after day one. We went over the talks we attended, what we thought, and our general impressions of the event.

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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Independent Misinterpretations 22: Smalltalk Solutions 2011

March 20, 2011 12:44:32.399

Welcome to episode 22 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 with James Savidge, after day one. We went over the talks we attended, what we thought, and our general impressions of the event.

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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