Archive for May, 2009

Wanna know more about Test Driven Development?

May 21, 2009

InfoQ.com has collected a rather complete list of Test Driven Development resources from beginner tutorials to more in the details articles. If you want to learn more about this development method, check it out.

Dedication

May 14, 2009

I admire dedication to a task and goal. I suspect this kind of dedication to fix a bug might be a little bit too much.

Dedication

Dedication

Source: xkcd.com

Somebody has to be for them…

May 12, 2009

Everybody against Everybody
Somebody has to be for them
Amnesty International

Source: Netzpolitik.org

Microsoft does it again…

May 11, 2009

Microsoft is criticizing OOXMLs supposed incompleteness.

Microsoft chooses to attack the messenger and ODF, going so far as to call for Rob Weir to step down as co-chair of the ODF Technical Committee.

You can read more about his and Microsofts ongoing efforts to delegitimate the OOXML standard on groklaw.net

Groklaw cite a former strategy paper of Microsoft which seems to be a guide for Microsoft

Our mission is to establish Microsoft’s platforms as the de facto standards throughout the computer industry…. Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.

You can read the whole strategy paper here on groklaw.net.

Australian Democracy is “Microsoft Compatible”

May 5, 2009

Here is the Australian Electoral Commission documentation on how to register a political party. It includes the requirement for “A Microsoft compatible electronic membership list (and paper copy) providing the following information”.

So a prerequisite for registering a political party appears to be the ownership of a PC running Windows. While it may be the case that I could create a plain text file on a Linux machine and append some CR characters to each line, or create a CSV format spread-sheet/database file the most common interpretation of this is likely to be that MS-Office is required.

Source: Russel Coker

The Sissy Cheats

May 3, 2009

Of course, it’s a reduced critic to the capitalistic system. But it’s inspiration for more videos to come.