Archive for January, 2009

To go where no man as gone before

January 31, 2009

There is a spirited debate going on at the Economist advocating that NASA abandon its plans to send a manned mission to Mars. Now this is a topic that I have strong feelings about, as you might be able to guess. And the debate fascinates me as much as it frustrates me. The people commenting [...]

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CodePlex and the wandering API

January 31, 2009

I’ve started a new section called the CodePlex on the web site. Its up there on the menu at the top of the page, next to the Bazaar. One of the things I wanted to do here was start to share some useful software tidbits when I had them and when the situation under which [...]

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Wii’s killer app

January 27, 2009

Just a note to let y’all know that I have added the Wii Fit game bundle to the Bazaar. Now, I have not had a chance to play every Wii game out there. But all I can say is that, as of now, the Wii Fit is the only reason to own a Wii rather [...]

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From Albuquerque to Denver

January 25, 2009

In 1968 my father, with a freshly minted college degree, took a new job in the Denver area as a computer programmer. Moving from Albuquerque to Denver was a big change for the entire family, but a much larger change for my mother. She had lived her entire life in Albuquerque with a brief sojourn [...]

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Wicked Cool PHP

January 22, 2009

  Books on programming are not typically the most enjoyable things to read. However, I can’t help but be very entertained by . I bought this book in combination with one of those giant programming reference books for PHP. But I started reading this one first because I was intrigued by the title.  Now at [...]

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Zune car kit – impressive, no really!

January 20, 2009

Just a short note on an addition I made to the Bazaar this morning… I received a for Christmas this year and am really quite impressed by it all. I had a few difficulties in the beginning finding my way around. But now I really grok the whole thing and am using 100% of the [...]

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Gimp or Photoshop, hmmm….

January 19, 2009

Today I was looking around for a photo/image editor. My needs for image editing are fairly basic – touchup, adding text, re-scaling, image maps, etc. Taking my own advice I decided to see what open source offerings were out there. I came across the image editor Gimp. What a wondeful piece of technology this program [...]

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Organic: buy the same thing for twice the price!

January 11, 2009

As my wife could tell you, I have an almost maniacal antipathy to the claims of “organic” food proponents. Perhaps it stems from the use of the term organic itself, as if all the other food was inorganic (which is preposterous, for those who fell asleep that day in Organic Chemistry). Or perhaps its just [...]

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Buddy Don has a book!

January 8, 2009

One of my favorite blog authors has now published a book. If you are quick you can get an autographed copy.

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A good screen for uptrending markets

January 6, 2009

It all seems so long ago… that wonderful time when we all (or at least most of us) had positive stock market returns. During those great days I developed a stock screen that performed very well for me. Unfortunately, I also discovered that it doesn’t give you much of an advantage in a bear market. [...]

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