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iPod Adventures

July 22, 2011 17:01:17.923

I have this old (first generation Nano) iPod that I use for exercise - it's convenient to clip on my shorts and go, whether I'm jogging or lifting weights. This afternoon, before heading to the gym, I sat down to get the thing synched with the latest podcasts I listen to. Imagine my surprise when I found I was out of room (I've only added something like 5 songs recently, so music should not have been the hangup). iTunes informed me that music was taking up something like 7 GB, and "other" was nearly 1 GB- leaving nothing for podcasts.

So... I reset it, and lo and behold - music is back to 4 gb. Fragmentation? Bit Rot?

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AP Finally Lands in 1995

July 22, 2011 12:29:13.606

TechDirt notes that the AP has finally figured out that - make sure you're sitting now - links are useful things. It'll be another decade or three before they learn how to use them though...

Well, look at that. The Associated Press has reached 1993 or so, and realized that they can (and probably should) link to other sites when reporting on a story that those other sites reported first. Of course, they're still learning some of HTML's features, such as the idea that you can link to actual words in a story. Instead, they'll be putting the links (via Bitly) in parentheses right after they cite the source.

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ST 4U 110: Downloading Cincom Smalltalk NC

July 22, 2011 11:49:37.987

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the download process for Cincom Smalltalk - the NC products just went back online, and we take a look at it today. Next time, we'll finish that up by running the installer post-download. 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:

CST NC Download

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Cincom Smalltalk NC Back Online

July 22, 2011 10:20:41.624

Looks like I'll need to do another screencast on the download process for Cincom's Smalltak products - they are back online, using a new download process:

To receive your free evaluation copy of Cincom Smalltalk, simply fill in the form below and the link will be emailed to you. If you would like to have media shipped to you, click here. *All fields but “Comments” are required.

Looks like you fill in a form, and then receive an email download link. I'll see how well that works, and update the post. In the meantime, go get it :)

Update: Looks like it's VW 7.8 NC, without the cryptography code included.

Second Update: So what do you do if you want to work on something that requires that crypto code (like, say, any modern network API?). Well, it's easier than you think if you have 7.7.1 lying around (or a recent version of ObjectStudio, for that matter). Simply copy the entire Security folder from that distro into the 7.8 directory structure, and use those libraries. Problem worked around :)

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That Podcast 21: If I Only Had a Brain (AAC)

July 21, 2011 19:27:34.951

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 20 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, Michael and James talk about the final quest in "Old World Blues" - and touch on some of the side quests. We'll be doing one more podcast on this DLC, in order to talk about some of the side quests in more depth. If you don't want to know how OWB ends, fair warning - don't listen to this episode yet :)

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:

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That Podcast 21: If I Only Had a Brain

July 21, 2011 19:26:49.881

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 20 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, Michael and James talk about the final quest in "Old World Blues" - and touch on some of the side quests. We'll be doing one more podcast on this DLC, in order to talk about some of the side quests in more depth. If you don't want to know how OWB ends, fair warning - don't listen to this episode yet :)

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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Metacello in a Constrained Network Environment

July 21, 2011 14:10:47.544

Say you want to load a Metacello configuration, but your network limits which apps have network access? That's the issue Joachim had to deal with recently:

I needed to get Seaside and some other stuff into a Pharo image on a machine at a place where there is very limited offline access. The network there is configured in a way that not every application can download stuff from the web. Pharo, of course, is not on that list.

Follow the link for details.

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JS 4U 75: Parent/Child in JQuery Part 2

July 21, 2011 8:42:05.242

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we continue looking at how JQuery can select elements based on their parent/child relationships on a page. 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.

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I Hit Circle Fatigue on Day One

July 21, 2011 7:52:20.917

Fast Company notes that the Google+ notion of adding people to various circles might not be working out - and is instead leading to "circle fatigue":

Gigaom's Mathew Ingram chalks it up to what psychologist Barry Schwartz has called the "Paradox of Choice," meaning that "too much choice actually makes it less likely [users] will take advantage of a feature." He adds, "The process of filtering hundreds or even thousands of people into groups is time-consuming and somewhat frustrating," and could cause Circles fatigue. AllThingsD strikes a similar tone, highlighting just how complicated friending is on Google Plus compared to other networks.

I'm not following that many people on Google+ yet (or even paying much attention to it, honestly), but - I hit that fatigue point on day one. I've only used two circles thus far: friend and following. I'm not sure what value having two circles even gives me. Facebook still seems more useful, and honestly, having the back end prioritize the messages based on traffic patterns would probably be a whole lot more useful still.

I suspect that Google simply won't make much of wave here (pun somewhat intended). To get traction, they have to compel people to stop using facebook and move over; the sheer force of inertia argues against that. When "everyone you know" is already on Facebook, why do you even care about another system?

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Evocative

July 20, 2011 14:47:21.351

I've had the song "Now we are Free" in my iTunes collection for awhile - after I saw a Celtic Women concert on TV, I went ahead and bought a bunch of their stuff, and that song was part of the mix. I liked it a lot at the time, but recently we rented "Galdiator" - and it was like having the rest of the puzzle pieces suddenly snap into place. The song is so incredibly perfect for the end of that movie...

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ST 4U 109: Loading Seaside Support into VA

July 20, 2011 8:13:39.227

Today's Smalltalk 4 You starts a Seaside tutorial in VA Smalltalk. Today we'll get Seaide support loaded, and start a local server. 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:

Seaside.

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Today we'll start looking at Seaside in VA Smalltalk - this is a multiple part tutorial. In today's segment, we'll start at the beginning, by loading support into our image, and making sure it all works. To start, open the Load/Unload Features tool:

Load Support

Scroll down and select Seaside Core. Move it to the right side of the tool with the arrow button, and then click Ok:

Load Support

With Seaside loaded, we need a local server to test against. Go back to the Tools menu in the launcher, and select Open Seaside Control Panel:

Set up Server

Select the Manage menu, and then select Add Adaptor. In that tool, just go with the default:

Set up Server

Set up Server

Now go to your web browser, and browse localhost:8080. You should see the default Seaside UI

Seaside Running

By following the links from Examples, you should be able to test out the stock Counter example application:

Seaside Running

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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A Haskell Parser in Smalltalk

July 20, 2011 7:00:50.642

LShift explores the PetitParser by using it to create a Haskell parser - it's a nice example usage that should give you an idea as to how it works.

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That Podcast 20: Old World Blues First Impressions (AAC)

July 19, 2011 23:27:53.310

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 20 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, Michael and James give their first impressions of "Old World Blues" - the latest DLC for Fallout: New Vegas. So far - it's a big thumbs up!.

This just covers our first take on the DLC - we'll be back with more soon. Also on the podcast this week - audio feedback from a listener, and some feedback we took from our iTunes reviews. Speaking of which, we really appreciate all of the reviews - keep them coming!

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 20: Old World Blues First Impressions

July 19, 2011 23:27:16.720

That Podcast: FNV Diary

Welcome to episode 20 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, Michael and James give their first impressions of "Old World Blues" - the latest DLC for Fallout: New Vegas. So far - it's a big thumbs up!.

This just covers our first take on the DLC - we'll be back with more soon. Also on the podcast this week - audio feedback from a listener, and some feedback we took from our iTunes reviews. Speaking of which, we really appreciate all of the reviews - keep them coming!

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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FizzBuzz with Non-Smalltalkers

July 19, 2011 20:36:32.000

Randal Schwartz got some oohs and ahs recently at the Rio de Janeiro Dojo:

To rehearse, I had done the exercise earlier in the day, so I had a sense of where the code was going, although the actual solution from the group effort was a bit different. We finished in about 45 minutes, and with the remaining time, we tackled the second stage (decimal values containing a 3 digit, not just numbers that are multiples of 3). After completing that, I showed that we could put the logic for #isFizz and #isBuzz over in the Integer class, which was pretty amazing unless you've seen it before, and even got the protocol category right so that the MCZ package contained the monkeypatches. Finally, I loaded the MCZ into a new image, and ran the tests. All green. It was a fun experience, and they later told me that they'd never even started the second stage question before with other languages, let alone getting it to a place where a file could easily be handed around with the solution (including tests).

He also visited the LA Smalltalk User's group - follow the link for that report.

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How About a Unified Browser Model?

July 19, 2011 16:13:58.000

Spotted in The Hitchhiker's Guide to Smalltalk:

Veronica Uquillas is currently working on Ring - a unifying and foundational model infrastructure for Pharo. The goals of the project are:
  • Provide a common API at structural and runtime level
  • Allow tools to interact and integrate directly with the host environment (Pharo)
  • Support history analysis
  • Sounds like a good idea to me - having a bunch of duplicate models running around for each tool is a bit much :)

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End of an Era

July 19, 2011 11:05:43.372

Borders is liquidating - all I can say is wow. I spent many a happy hour browsing there, but Amazon has replaced them for me. It's not about e-books (although that accelerated the trend) - it's really about two things:

  • Amazon's "shelf" is infinitely bigger, and includes things (independent publishers) that Borders never had
  • Amazon's recommendation engine is far, far better than scanning shelves or asking an employee

That latter point is what tipped me. At the store, I really only saw what they had in stock. At Amazon, I see things I never would have thought of, based on other books I've read or am looking at. Add in the instant gratification of an ebook download, and it's the deathknell of physical bookstores for me.

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JS 4U 74: JQuery Parent/Child Relationships

July 19, 2011 10:05:04.440

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we start looking at how you can use JQuery to walk the parent/child relationships in the DOM tree of a page. 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:

Parent/Child

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ESUG 2011 Schedule

July 18, 2011 10:24:21.033

The initial schedule for the ESUG 2011 conference is now online - the talks look interesting, making me wish my schedule made going possible!

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ST 4U 108: Finishing the CounterView UI in WB Pro

July 18, 2011 9:27:21.648

Today's Smalltalk 4 You continues the brief tutorial on WindowBuilder Pro, by hooking up a domain object to the UI we painted last time. 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:

WB Pro.

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Today we'll continue our introduction to WindowBuilder pro in VA Smalltalk. Last time we painted the UI - today, we'll hook the UI we painted up to the simple Counter application we built awhile ago.

To refresh a bit, here's the simple UI we built - an input field for the current value, and a button to increment the value:

Simple UI

One thing we didn't do is hook the button up to any behavior. To do that, we need to define a callback - a SMalltalk method that will be invoked when the button is pressed:

Define Callback

You can doa number of things in the callback definition UI, but we're going to take the simplest tack: hook up a callback for when the button is pressed:

Defining the Callback

Go back to the browser and look at the code that got generated again - you should notice a new section for the callback:

Callback specified

Now we'll getinto hooking the UI up to a domain object. We'll define an instance variable in the UI to hold the domain object, and instantiate it in the initialize method:

Set up the domain

Next, we'll set up the callback method to use the domain object when the button is pressed. To update the input field, we need to grab it by name using #widgetNamed:, and then use the #value: message to set the value into it:

Set up the Functionality

Finally, we can test the UI. Open it up and you should see the input field incrementing when you press the button:

Working UI

That's it - we've created a simple UI that hooks up to a domain object, and updates the state of the domain based on UI actions. With that, you should be able to get started building more useful things with WindowBuilder Pro!

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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IM 38: Polycephaly at StS 2011 (AAC)

July 17, 2011 12:20:59.518

Welcome to episode 38 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck.

This we have another session from Smaltalk Solutions 2011 - Cincom's Arden Thomas talking about Polycephaly, their solution to utilizing multi-core systems more fully. For more information on where Polycephaly is going, have a look at Michael's recent post on the topic.

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 38: Polycephaly at StS 2011

July 17, 2011 12:20:26.289

Welcome to episode 38 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck.

This we have another session from Smaltalk Solutions 2011 - Cincom's Arden Thomas talking about Polycephaly, their solution to utilizing multi-core systems more fully. For more information on where Polycephaly is going, have a look at Michael's recent post on the topic.

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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Software and Education

July 16, 2011 12:54:27.256

It's taken until now - and the advent of Khan Academy - to see how software can really be used in education. I suspect there will be massive resistance, since the pattern illustrated below blows away the traditional "lecture model" that is used now:

Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. But it quickly become far more than that. She’s now on her way to “flipping” the way her class works. This involves replacing some of her lectures with Khan’s videos, which students can watch at home. Then, in class, they focus on working problem sets. The idea is to invert the normal rhythms of school, so that lectures are viewed on the kids’ own time and homework is done at school. It sounds weird, Thordarson admits, but this flipping makes sense when you think about it. It’s when they’re doing homework that students are really grappling with a subject and are most likely to need someone to talk to. And now Thordarson can tell just when this grappling occurs: Khan Academy provides teachers with a dashboard application that lets her see the instant a student gets stuck.

The funny thing is, any educator who considered this would realize that it makes them invaluable. The students can get the lecture from the internet, but what they can't get there is a walkthrough on a specific problem - the hints and "aha moments" that come from working through a problem together.

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Just Kill Patents

July 15, 2011 22:14:11.000

They are now doing more harm than good - notice the patent for "one and two way messaging", applied for in 2005. Seems to me that IRC (at a minimum) is a prior application. The larger point is, patents are now causing harm, not good. They either need massive reform, or they should be eliminated outright.

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LTE - a Step Backwards?

July 15, 2011 16:36:19.000

I don't call this progress:

Several companies are hopping on the LTE bandwagon, but it's turning out to be more isolating an experience than we hoped. According to PCMag, a Verizon spokesperson confirmed that its fourth-generation broadband network won't be compatible with other carriers in the US. As it turns out, Big Red and AT&T each own a separate block of 700MHz spectrum with only a fraction of overlap, leaving little room for phones on both networks to mingle with one another. There's not much hope for roaming on MetroPCS or LightSquared, either, as their waves of LTE run at 1700MHz and 1500MHz, respectively. This smattering of frequencies means it'll be near impossible to get roam on other companies' 4G networks nationally. What's worse, the ITU has approved twelve bands for LTE use around the world, so don't count on a wide selection of global devices -- and you thought sorting through international 3G was bad, didn't you? We're still a long way from learning our LTE roaming fate, but it appears the largest carrier in the US won't make the journey any easier on us.

Fortunately, most of these devices will keep their 3g radios (at least in the short term), and they'll roam at that level. Even there though, your Verizon phone (if you are on their network) is a brick overseas - and it looks like it'll stay that way. This is not the mobile future most of us were joping for...

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GemStone/S 64 Bit 3.0 Released

July 15, 2011 12:13:07.846

Spotted in Programming Gems (on GemStone)

VMware vFabric GemStone/S  3.0.0 is now live on vmware.com.

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ST 4U 107: Using StOMP for Serialization

July 15, 2011 12:03:48.536

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at StOMP, an object serializer for Smalltalk that works across Pharo, Squeak, VisualWorks, and VA Smalltalk. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. For more information on StOMP, visit the website. To watch now, click on the image below:

StOMP

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Looking for a Smalltalker

July 15, 2011 11:16:10.391

The place I work is looking for an experienced Smalltalk hand - we use VisualWorks 7.6, but we plan to migrate up to the latest Cincom release later this year. It's a long term project, based out of Dallas Texas. Interested? Contact me, and I'll put you in touch with the right people.

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When Everyone is a Criminal...

July 15, 2011 10:32:05.998

When everyone is a criminal, the net effect is that no one is. Consider France's 3 strikes law - in a nation of 65 million people:

The volume of alleged infringement is even higher than earlier reports suggested. More than 18 million complaints have been submitted so far, and Hadopi hasn't been able to keep up. So far, only 470,000 initial warning e-mails have been sent to French Internet users. Only a small fraction of those—about 20,000—have received second notices, and around 10 French Internet users have received their third "strike" and are now facing possible penalties.

Now, imagine that the RIAA or MPAA got what they wanted, a law like that here? How many people would the feds have to employ to keep up?

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