Internet Explorer's Cleaner Look
Today the Microsoft update on my Windows machine asked me to upgrade
the Internet Explorer to version 7.0.
My bank refuses to work with any browser other than IE,
so, although I'm using SeaMonkey
as my everyday browser, I'm also forced to keep a current copy of IE.
The installation's banner reinforced some of the fears I have
regarding Microsoft's technical prowess.
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So Long as there's a Jingle in your Head, Television isn't Free
Yesterday I switched from an ancient version of the "free" Adobe Reader to
the current version 7.0.
I spent the morning studying some fairly tricky technical documents.
Within that interval I often caught my eyes glancing to the top right of the
Adobe Reader's display window where
an advert button flashed as it changed its content.
Needless to say, this change of focus interrupted my train of thought,
and got me out of "flow mode".
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White Noise Calms Babies
A week ago I told my colleague
that drying the body of a newborn baby with a hair drier keeps
it consistently dry avoiding rashes, and also calms the baby down.
Today he told me the advice worked wonders.
Many parents have discovered that sources of white noise, like the sound
of a vacuum cleaner or a hair drier, seem to calm down a baby's
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Converting RIS to BibTeX
Digital libraries increasingly provide an option to export bibliographic
Unfortunately, many, like
don't support the BibTeX format I use for storing
(To its credit the
ACM Portal offers a BibTeX
On the other hand, Elsevier's
JSTOR don't offer
any export facility.)
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The Return of Performance Engineering and Trendy Programmers
In the 1950s, when processor cycle times were measured in microseconds,
algorithm design and clever programming could make or break an application.
These fields continued to be popular in the 1960s and 1970s, because
widespread computers were used to attack ever larger problems.
Programming was a hip and trendy occupation.
Today's $500 computers operating on GHz clocks allow anybody who has
(just about) mastered the syntax of a programming language to write
code that drives dynamic web sites serving hundreds of transactions each
Managers consider code a commodity, and enrollments to computer science
degrees are dwindling.
However, change is in the air.
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