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>Why the iPad Hasn’t Killed Kindle – Newsweek


Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is a terrific device, but a lot of people, myself included, figured that once Apple’s iPad came out, the poor little Kindle would be toast. The first thing I did at the iPad introduction event was snap a few pictures of a shiny new iPad right next to my Kindle. They came out looking like those pictures where a regular person is standing next to a movie star.

But guess what?

Kindle is a dedicated reading device with all design decisions based around that fact.

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>Love and Logic In Action


Instead of watching TV or letting the kids play together (without me) today (just how do I fall into "lazy parenting" so easily?), I used some of the techniques that Lori and I learned at the Love and Logic parenting conference we attended last week. Kids want to contribute to the family, they want to be helpful. Find productive stuff for them to do. Last weekend they helped me wash the car. Today I told them to clean their pool. I didn't tell them how, I just let them go at it. On their own they filled a bucket, asked for soap and got the sponges and scrubbed until they were done. Halfway through as I could see them start to lag a bit, I let them know that if they finished the job and did it well they would be rewarded with a treat. They did awesome and we all enjoyed some ice cream after they were finished. The kids attitude and behavior right now is really good and they seem very happy. Of course they are, you say, you gave them ice cream! Yes they enjoyed it, but it isn't just the yummy treat. They feel proud that they helped the family by doing a chore and feel good about themselves that they did a good job.

This isn't rocket science and it seems like common sense. That's why it's called Love and Logic I guess. Check out their web site, there are a ton of good parenting resources.

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>Absolutely Hilarious Computer Quotes


“If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0″

“The Internet: where men are men, women are men, and children are FBI agents.”

“Some things Man was never meant to know. For everything else, there’s Google.”

“unzip; strip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; more; yes; unmount; sleep”  – my daily unix command list

“… one of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that, lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C programs.” – Robert Firth

“If Python is executable pseudocode, then perl is executable line noise.”

“The more I C, the less I see.”

“To err is human… to really foul up requires the root password.”

“After Perl everything else is just assembly language.”

“If brute force doesn’t solve your problems, then you aren’t using enough.”

“Life would be so much easier if we only had the source code.”

“Unix is user-friendly. It’s just very selective about who its friends are.”
“COBOL programmers understand why women hate periods.”

“Programming is like sex, one mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.” — Michael Sinz

“There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.”

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” – This is not humorous by itself; but in the context it’s a classic by Bill Gates in 1981

Microsoft: “You’ve got questions. We’ve got dancing paperclips.”

“Microsoft is not the answer. Microsoft is the question. NO is the answer.”   - Erik Naggum

“Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Computers are from hell.”

“SUPERCOMPUTER: what it sounded like before you bought it.”

“Windows95: It’s like upgrading from Reagan to Bush.

“People say Microsoft paid 14M$ for using the Rolling Stones song ‘Start me up’ in their commercials. This is wrong. Microsoft payed 14M$ only for a part of the song. For instance, they didn’t use the line ‘You’ll make a grown man cry’.”

“I’m not anti-social; I’m just not user friendly”

“A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light”

“The best accelerator available for a Mac is one that causes it to go at 9.81 m/s2.”

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila”

“1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d”

“To go forward, you must backup.”

“I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code”

“A Windows user spends 1/3 of his life sleeping, 1/3 working, 1/3 waiting.”

“My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.”

“Better to be a geek than an idiot.”

“Windows isn’t a virus, viruses do something.”

“Geek’s favorite pickup line: Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform? “

“Be nice to geeks when you’re in school, you might end-up working for one when you grow-up.”

“Difference between a virus and windows ? Viruses rarely fail.”

“Evolution is God’s way of issuing upgrades.”

“The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.”

“It’s a little-known fact that the Y1K problem caused the Dark Ages.”

“The box said ‘Required Windows 95 or better’. So, I installed LINUX.”

“Computer are like air conditioners: they stop working when you open windows.”

“once upon a midnight dreary, while i pron surfed, weak and weary,
over many a strange and spurious site of ‘hot xxx galore’.
While i clicked my fav’rite bookmark, suddenly there came a warning, and my heart was filled with mourning, mourning for my dear amour,
” ‘Tis not possible!”, i muttered, “give me back my free hardcore!”
quoth the server, 404.”

Mac users swear by their Mac,
PC users swear at their PC.”

“Like car accidents, most hardware problems are due to driver error.”

“Dating a girl is just like writing software. Everything’s going to work just fine in the testing lab (dating), but as soon as you have contract with a customer (marriage), then your program (life) is going to be facing new situations you never expected. You’ll be forced to patch the code (admit you’re wrong) and then the code (wife) will just end up all bloated and unmaintainable in the end.”

“Real men don’t use backups, they post their stuff on a public ftp server and let the rest of the world make copies.”  – Linus Torvalds

“There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those that understand trinary, those that don’t, and those that confuse it with binary.”

“If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day; if you teach them how to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.”

“It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.”

“I had a fortune cookie the other day and it said: ‘Outlook not so good’. I said: ‘Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway’.”

“The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.”

“The term reboot comes from the middle age (before computers). Horses who stopped in mid-stride required a boot to the rear to start again. Thus the term to rear-boot, later abbreviated into reboot.”

“Programmers are tools for converting caffeine into code.”

“The great thing about Object Oriented code is that it can make small, simple problems look like large, complex ones.”

“Hacking is like sex. You get in, you get out, and hope that you didn’t leave something that can be traced back to you.”

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>Windows 7 workaround to drag & drop DLLs to GAC – CodeProject



I develop in Visual Studio, and I’m switching from XP on my workstation to Window 7 x64. One thing that annoyed me was that I can’t simply drag .NET library DLLs to the assembly folder to install them in the GAC, or select and delete them from the assembly folder to remove them from the GAC, as I had done on Windows XP. When I try to, I get an ‘access denied’ error, even though my domain login is in the Administrators group, and even though I start Windows Explorer with ‘Run as administrator’.

Apparently, Microsoft really wants you to create installation applets to install or remove libraries in the GAC. An alternative is to log on as the actual machine administrator, in which case, drag and drop to the GAC will work.

I like being able to easily add or delete libraries to the GAC on a development workstation, however, so I came up with a work-around to let me do this.


The method is to create .bat command files that use gacutil.exe to add or delete the library, to capture the name of the library when the library file is dragged to the command file, and have the command file run as administrator. Windows 7 doesn’t allow you to set a .bat command file to run as administrator, so a shortcut is created for each command file, and the shortcut is set to run as administrator.

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>Baptism, Toy Story 3 and a Car Wash Water Fight (Maybe)


This morning we went to church where Luke switched back to his 3-year old classroom. He had been moved up to the 4-year old room and wasn't ready for the structure and curriculum that came with it. Meanwhile Pastor Mark started a new 2-week series on the importance of baptism for believers. After church we went to San Tan Village and ate at the Food Court. Lori and Emma shared orange chicken from Panda Express, Luke had a Auntie Anne's pretzel with cheese sauce and I had a delicious gyros. After lunch we saw Toy Story 3 in 3D. If there's had been a non-3D one showing at the same time we would have seen that. I personally don't think 3D adds anything to the movie. In fact, it makes the picture less sharp and less vibrant in my opinion. I hope the 3D craze is just a fad. Maybe I'm just and old fart now. Oh, and $37 for movie tickets (2 adult and 2 kids). Dang! Ok rant over, the movie itself was excellent. Pixar managed to make another winner. Toy Story 3 was a great story and had plenty of laughs and excitement for both adults and kids. After the movie we went to Walmart and bought some car wash supplies. The idea is for everybody to get in their bathing suits and wash the car and have a water fight. But right now it is like 140 degrees outside and we really don't want to go out there, water or no water.

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