Scott Hanselman

Translator Job Available in Portland: Klingon->English

May 10, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Musings
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Apparently Klingon is a legitimate enough language that Multnomah County is looking for a Klingon Interpreter for mentally ill patients...come on people, even Shatner said, it's just a TV show!

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tomato, Tomato, [WebMethod], @Remote, Kosher, Halaal, them's good eatin'.

May 10, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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Would it have killed them to just call it [WebMethod]?

In Java 2, Version 1.5 (I don't understand the versioning either) attributes look like this:

import javax.xml.rpc.*; 
public class CoffeeOrder
{
@Remote public Coffee [] getPriceList() { ... }
@Remote public String orderCoffee(String name, int quantity) { ... }
}

which is equivalent to this:

public interface CoffeeOrderIF extends java.rmi.Remote 
{
public Coffee [] getPriceList() throws java.rmi.RemoteException;
public String orderCoffee(String name, int quantity) throws java.rmi.RemoteException;
}

public class CoffeeOrderImpl implements CoffeeOrderIF
{
public Coffee [] getPriceList() { ... }
public String orderCoffee(String name, int quantity) { ... }
}

It's good to see Java catching up linguisticly. 

I've mentioned my aversion to language arguments before using the oft-heard extended "religion" analogy.  Far from being a religious zealot (though I have been known to genuflect at the site of the occasional semi-colon) I am neither agnostic nor atheist...I consider myself a staunch apathist in these matters.

I say it, [WebMethod], @Remote, call it Kosher, call it Halaal, I call it good eatin'.

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Blogging and Blue Toast

May 9, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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I want an RSS reader that supports toast!. Luke or Dare, are you listening? [Don Box's Spoutlet]

Don and company want an RSS reader that makes blue toast.  Simon, when will BlogToaster be back?  I was hooked on the junk...or, perhaps, Greg, can you make Toast vs. Balloons an option?  I'd like a summarizing toast like "145 Posts received from 13 sites.  Note: 7 were from your favorite sites."

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Happiness is...

May 9, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Gaming
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...sitting down to your Xbox after a 2 month absence, noticing that the "Download Levels" button in Splinter Cell is flashing, and downloading a completely new after-the-game is-complete level.  You have to hand it to Microsoft, they really executed smoothly with the Xbox.  The new level is called Kola Cell and it's stunning.

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I'm WAY too connected...

May 7, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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I came to work a few days back and was told at 9:45am, "You're ready for the analyst presentation, right? Didn't So-And-So tell you it's at 10?" 

Crap!  I checked my Work Outlook, my Home E-Mail, my Work Voice Mail, my Home Voice Mail, my Mobile Voice Mail, my PalmPilot, my PocketPC, my MSN Messenger, my Yahoo, my AOL Instant Messenger, and my CrackBerry...nothing.  Had I completely flaked an important meeting?

Now, I've got a pretty good relationship with So-And-So, so it wouldn't be like them to not let me know there's a meeting.  What's disturbing is that rather than going with my first assumption that noone told me - I instead checked everything.  Heck, the only place I didn' t check was the comments on my blog!

Conclusion for today:  I'm far too freakin' connected.  If someone REALLY needs to communicate with me, I'm available.  I no longer will believe anyone who says to me "Waa waa, I couldn't get ahold of you" or "I couldn't find your email address.   It's only my firstname at my lastname, .com.  How hard is that?  I need to disconnect for a while.  CrackBerries are VERY addictive, people, but there's a special kind of Connected Headache that occurs when you are 1 degree of separation from the Global Village.

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