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James Robertson Memorial Scholarships

April 6, 2015 12:51:04.815

Richard Eng and I are running a Canadian Smalltalk Competition in 2016 for high school students with the prizes being scholarships dubbed the "James Robertson Memorial Scholarship".  We're raising money for the scholarships on Kickstarter.  Come help us out.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1520902870/canadian-smalltalk-competition

 

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Podcast audio back online

March 8, 2015 7:41:16.944

The Amazon site containing James' "Independent Misinterpretations" podcase and his "Fallout New Vegas" podcast is offline.  I've moved the files to a new Amazon S3 service and I was able to update the topics files so that they link to the new site.

If you want to listen to the audio, you can follow these links:

Independent Misinterpretations

Fallout New Vegas

The show notes still have the old address unfortunately.  Updating those is a harder job.

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James' Funeral

August 29, 2014 17:01:10.741

Here's the video of James' funeral.

 

James Funeral

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In memory of James Robertson

August 28, 2014 19:35:02.397

David Buck here.  It's with great sadness that I inform you that James Robertson passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.  He was a very good friend to me and to multitudes of other people.  He was a tireless supporter of Smalltalk and a loving father to his family.  He will be greatly missed.

It's taken a while for his wife and I to recover all the passwords for this blog and to work out how to get it restarted.  I'll be working to keep this blog running and to post some of the content he created but didn't post.  I'll also be posting video of the funeral service.

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at david@simberon.com.  If you would like to send messages to James' family, I'll make sure to pass them along.

 

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Extra Stupid

November 24, 2013 12:29:46.505

In my daily trawl through realcleartechnology.com, I cam across this odd demand from David Braue:

Previous versions of iWork had promise as an alternative, but I have a long-running feud with Apple over iWork for one simple reason: Apple refuses to give it the ability to simply load and save files in Word's .DOC format. That's right: the only way to handle documents in Pages is by saving your working documents as .pages files which are, inexplicably, often 10 or more times larger than their Word .DOC equivalent and then exporting .DOC versions as and when you need them.

Right, Apple should cede control of their future feature set to whatever the doc format can support, and they should be willing to live at the mercy of whatever MS decides to do with it. Sure, Sure. I've used Pages for years now; the extra five seconds to export into .doc format is not a problem. Oh, and news flash, David - Pages does, in fact, read .doc format. Either that, or I've been imagining things for a decade now.

Can we find some tech writers who know something about the topics they natter on about? There are plenty of things to complain about with Pages, believe me. This isn't one of them.

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CPU Fan Going Nuts - Flash Strikes Again

November 1, 2013 13:32:51.558

Unless Time Machine is running, every time the fan goes nuts in my laptop, it's this:

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Life With One Monitor

September 23, 2013 18:36:51.216

The monitor I have been using for my work laptop has been slowly dying - each morning, it's taken a number of plug/unplug tries with the VGA cable to get it going. Well, on Friday it finally went. Now - once you get used to working on two screens, it's nearly impossible to go back - just working today on one screen (the main laptop one) was painful). At the same time, I didn't want to spend a small fortune on a monitor for the work laptop. So.... Amazon to the rescue. I found a Hannspree 16" LCD screen Yes, it's small, but the old one was a 15" (square) one, so it's really not much different now. And I can get back to my normal levels of productivity.

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Calendar Spam

September 13, 2013 22:15:33.581

My wife and I share calendars, and a few minutes ago she noticed a spammy notice on her calendar. Turns out it was on mine (surprise; my email address is way more public). I found the explanation here; it turns out that anyone can add items to your Google calendar if they know your email address. Look at the settings:

The default (which I just changed to "No" is simply "Yes" - meaning, anyone who knows your email address can throw crap on your calendar - which will then generate alerts sent to you. Meh.

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Times Change

August 5, 2013 13:16:09.542

Way back, when I bought my first PC, it came with a 40MB hard drive. I remember buying a second 40 MB drive for it, and thinking at the time that I'd never need more disk space. Which came to mind because I just installed a 1 TB drive into my Macbook Pro over the weekend - and I have no such illusions about the currently free 500 GB on it....

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Is the Home Theather Doomed?

July 7, 2013 10:23:29.293

In an article about audio formats - and why the convenience of mp3 has killed alternative formats (as mass consumption options), Engadget's Brad Hill asks a question that I hadn't really considered - is the home theatear on a long glideway towards doom?

And with the rise of movie-surfing on tablets (mobility rules again), what is the future of home theater? Is today's living room oasis the desktop computer of 2020?

If so, Microsoft is going to be very disappointed in the direction they've been taking the XBox....

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