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IM 74: Cloud Foundry, Part 1

April 22, 2012 15:25:59.812

Welcome to episode 74 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

This week we have an interview with James Foster of VMWare. We spoke about Cloud Foundry, and James' work getting Gemstone to be an avilable option there. You can learn more about how to get started with that on James' blog. This is part 1 of 2 - part 2 is coming next week.

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

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IM 74: Cloud Foundry, Part 1

April 22, 2012 15:25:27.515

Welcome to episode 74 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

This week we have an interview with James Foster of VMWare. We spoke about Cloud Foundry, and James' work getting Gemstone to be an avilable option there. You can learn more about how to get started with that on James' blog. This is part 1 of 2 - part 2 is coming next week.

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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Big Poop Keynote at STIC 2012

April 22, 2012 11:50:49.000

The video for Sam Adams keynote on parallelism and OO is now available on the STIC site.

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Dart at STIC 2012

April 22, 2012 8:48:27.000

The Dart presentation (from Eric Clayberg) at STIC 2012 is now online - you can watch it on the STIC site.

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Styled Text Editor for Cuis 4.0 Smalltalk

April 21, 2012 18:54:37.442

Spotted in Planet Squeak

I am very happy to announce that the Styled Text Editor for the brand new Cuis 4.0 is now available on GitHub. The Styled Text Editor was first presented by me at last year’s ESUG in Edinburgh. Thanks to ESUG the presentation was recorded.

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Germany Thinks YouTube is Omniscient

April 21, 2012 12:16:17.022

Here's how stupid copyright battles have gotten:

"YouTube must take measures to prevent violations in future," said GEMA's lawyer Kerstin Baecker. "The court has clearly rejected the argument that YouTube as a host is not responsible for users' content."

That sounds reasonable until you sit back and consider reality: how can any company possibly install filters that are aware of all copyrighted material - especially given the fact that new material is being created all the time, and the backlog of extant material is so large as to be effectively infinite. It's simply not possible to do what is being asked here.

If this kind of thing holds up, then no site that accepts user generated content - Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blog servers (etc. etc) can safely operate. Ultimately, this makes it very clear as to what the content industry wants to see happen: they want the net reduced back to a broadcast only thing, akin to TV and radio.

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Mass Effect Futures

April 21, 2012 2:37:38.514

I was giving this more thought while I flew home earlier this evening - the statements from BioWare indicate that they have "plenty" of room for more stories, set before the events of Mass Effect 3:

In the newly released The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 app, executive producer Casey Hudson says that the events witnessed in Mass Effect 3 is as far as he wishes to go.

While not yet sure what the franchise will tackle next, “whatever we do would likely happen before or during the events of Mass Effect 3, not after,” he says.

Here's why I think that's wrong:

  • The First Contact War? Completely meaningless. We know how things end (badly) a few decades later, so we simply don't care. At all.
  • The Rachni wars, or the Krogan Rebellions? The lore tells us how those end, definitively. Again, from a story perspective? None of the choices players would make matter, at all

And so on for any other prequel idea. By hosing down the future, they've hosed down the entire setting. This is why I believe they'll end up retconning it - they'll have no other choice. Now, it looks like the bozo brigade (Hudson) is still convinced that "they did the right thing", so they'll end up retconning things later (maybe much later), at a point when they can look maximally stupid.

Why is this inevitable? With all possible stories in that setting dead, it'll finally occur to someone at EA that they have a serious business (i.e., huge loss of possible future sales) problem on their hands. At that point, the powers that be will treat the ME3 ending the same way that script writers treated Highlander 2 - as an unfortunate incident that they'd like us all to forget (so that we'll buy tickets to the next thing in line). In the meantime, they just get to look stupid.

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Amber Live

April 20, 2012 11:01:49.000

I just ran across a demo of an Amber app:

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ST 4U 222: A Look Around the Composition Editor

April 20, 2012 8:08:05.524

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a look at some of the ways that VA Assist Pro helps out with the Composition Editor. 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:

VA Assist Pro.

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Today we'll look at where the widgets that you use in the Parts tool are picked and placed, and how VA Assist Pro makes that task a bit easier. To start with, examine the left hand side of the screen. The toolbars on the left have widgets: the leftmost is categories. Select one, and you get widgets in that "Set":

Widgets

Quite often, you'll want some of the more commonly used parts - and that's where VA Assist Pro comes in. Open that up from the "Options" menu:

VA Assist

If you switch to the "Parts" tab, you'll see some of the more commonly used widgets. This often makes it easier to build UIs, as they will mostly be made up of stock parts:

Common Parts

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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Pharo 1.4 Released

April 19, 2012 14:01:47.000

Go get the new release and check out the update news at the Pharo site.

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JS 4U 150: Getting the Event Type

April 19, 2012 8:09:32.664

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Today's Javascript 4 You digs into the event object in JQuery some more. 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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The Stupidity of Software Patents

April 18, 2012 14:08:13.000

If this patent doesn't convince you that software patents are a bad idea, nothing will:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published patent 8,161,411 related to a "graphical user interface for browsing, searching, and presenting media items." Apple filed for the patent back in 2004, when the online retail venue was still known as the iTunes Music Store. The patent appears to be quite broad, but focuses solely on the graphical user interface, and not the way in which people might buy songs on the platform or its general functionality. That said, the patent abstract says that the user interface is "suitable for previewing or purchasing media items in an on-line manner."

Does the US PTO screen specifically for idiots?

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ST 4U 221: Limiting Your Connections Viewed

April 18, 2012 8:14:46.643

Today's Smalltalk 4 You digs into the Composition Editor in VA Smalltalk again. It's easy to add enough connections to make things a bit confusing - fortunately, you can filter them in various ways. 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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Today we'll look at filtering the connections view in the composition editor. While our simple example has a small number of connections, it will serve to demonstrate how you can filter out what you do and don't want to see. First, pull down the "Connections" menu:

Connections

By default, you'll be seeing all connections. Try selecting "Hide all Connections":

Hide Connections

Now we are looking at a canvas with just our parts on it. At this point, we can return to the same menu and start turning connections selectively on - for instance, just the events:

Event Connections

Or just the attribute connections:

attribute connections

By doing this, we can examine our connections in detail and not get lost in the full complexity. You can also tell what's going on at a glance - note that event connectors are green, while attribute connectors are blue.

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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JS 4U 149: Getting the Event Target

April 17, 2012 8:05:50.242

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Today's Javascript 4 You continues to look at events in JQuery focusing on the event's target. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

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GemStone in Cloud Foundry on github

April 16, 2012 23:47:29.000

James Foster has updated the stuff he presented at the STIC conference last month:

I have consolidated and updated my changes to Cloud Foundry to accomodate GemStone/S 64 Bit and have the changes on github. You can use that code rather than the recent series of posts that are now a bit outdated. I will be making additional updates as I add multi-machine capabilities to reflect some of the things learned in preparing for last month’s STIC presentation. Stay tuned!

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So Much For Convergence

April 16, 2012 13:31:09.462

Never mind the legal hassles Apple is having in Australia over the 4 G thing - the larger issue is that 4G networks around the world are not converging on a standard:

In its grievance, the ACCC has contended that labeling the tablet "iPad Wi-Fi + 4G" in Australia is misleading since the device's flavor of 4G doesn't work in the country. Australia does offer 4G service through its Telstra carrier. But that service operates under an 1800MHz frequency band, according to ZDNet Australia, while the iPad requires 700MHz or 2100MHz frequencies for 4G. Hence, the two are incompatible, leaving Australian 4G iPad buyers stuck at 3G.

There was some hope that going to 4G would "fix" the international standards problem, but apparently not...

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ST 4U 220: Time Profiling in VisualWorks

April 16, 2012 9:19:52.570

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the Time profiler in VisualWorks. The same tool works in ObjectStudio, even though that's not being shown here. 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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The Death of (Some) Retail

April 15, 2012 22:35:45.000

There's been a lot written about "the death of retail" lately, but I think this analysis really gets to the heart of the matter:

As people get richer, and goods get cheaper, and consumers become more interested in the total buying experience (all things that Virginia documents) it may be that the appeal of Big Box stores -- whose approach consists of giving you far less service in exchange for lower prices -- may decline, and the appeal of old-fashioned specialty stores, where the salespeople know their products, and their customers, may come back.

Big Box stores are competing with Amazon (et. al.). There's no way to win there; having no retail space and no floor staff will always be cheaper (regardless of what happens with sales tax disputes). If you know what you want, and are willing to forgo service, there's just no need to ever visit a big box store. I think that spells trouble beyond Best Buy; ultimately, I suspect stores like Wal-Mart and Target will have trouble, too.

I wouldn't be surprised to see retail bifurcate into smaller, "high value" shops and online (low price). That doesn't leave a lot of room for the big box outfits.

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The History of Smalltalk

April 15, 2012 12:20:40.387

David Buck has put together a "genetic history" timeline chart for Smalltalk implementations.

When you get there, click on the image for the full size view.

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IM 73: STIC 2012 Final Wrap (AAC)

April 15, 2012 9:35:43.473

Welcome to episode 73 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

This week Dave and I wrap up talking about the STIC 2012 conference - all that's left now is the wait for the videos. There were a few talks that slipped past us in the last few podcasts - that's what we spoke about here.

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

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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!

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IM 73: STIC 2012 Final Wrap

April 15, 2012 9:34:52.067

Welcome to episode 73 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson and David Buck.

This week Dave and I wrap up talking about the STIC 2012 conference - all that's left now is the wait for the videos. There were a few talks that slipped past us in the last few podcasts - that's what we spoke about here.

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

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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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