Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Wed 30 Jun 2010, 11:32 AM
Hurricane Alex is coming, and so the obligatory "hurricane preparedness" bulletins are out.  No worries, just recycle one.  A simple Find/Replace and you're set, right?  Well, maybe, but don't forget to proofread.  I guess this was taken from a previous Hurricane Bill alert.



all denominations and small Alexs

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Mon 28 Jun 2010, 08:25 PM
I wondered how people did it so easily, but then I realized I was simply missing a key which must come with some keyboards:


Flame key

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Thu 10 Jun 2010, 11:58 PM

cookie monster

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Thu 3 Jun 2010, 07:35 AM

Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets anthologyFor the contest surrounding the launch of our new @Midas Lookups, I thought I'd try a different sort of prize.  As many of you may know, I have been published in a number of magazines, e-zines and such, most recently for science fiction and horror.  For example, Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets, an anthology of werewolf stories, just went to print with my story, Without Remorse.  The young woman who has the leading role is Gabriella, named for Gabriella Davis.  She may or may not die, you'll have to read to find out, but Tim Davis is in a story I am writing now, and I just wrote his heroic, but grisly, death scene yesterday.

Here is your chance.  For the @Midas Lookups contest, there will be three prizes.

Grand Prize: Signed copy of Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets sent to you, anywhere in the world, plus a grisly death in a future anthology or magazine which will also be sent to you.  You may have a small say in whether your death is heroic, meaningless or just plain nasty.  Plus a free 50-user license of Midas Rich Text LSX for your company with maintenance for a year ($1500 value).

Second Prize: Signed copy of Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets sent to you, anywhere in the world, plus a grisly death in a future anthology or magazine which will also be sent to you.  You may have a small say in whether your death is heroic, meaningless or just plain nasty.

Third Prize: Signed copy of Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets sent to you, anywhere in the world.  You'll have to write your own ending.

Depending on both your name and your preferences, I may not use your name exactly.  If I am likely to vary it, I'll ask for something memorable about you to include so that you can point to prove it is you.




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Wed 2 Jun 2010, 01:43 PM
Today, Genii Software is releasing a new product, @Midas Lookups, which will be free for use by anyone in the community.  (Those who have been watching Genii Software for a few years will recognize this product as an updated subset of the @Midas Formulas.)  The product is available today for Windows 32-bit and Windows 64-bit, and we anticipate release of support for AIX and Linux within about a week.

@Midas Lookups allow the developer to treat rich text data as tabular data, accessible just as views are using @DbColumn and @DbLookup.  There is no registration, just a free download, although we would love to hear stories about how you use the product.  See the help, download the software and download a sample database, all on one page:  @Midas Lookups.

In addition, we are having a contest during the month of June to see who can come up with the most creative and useful formulas or applications.  Details of the contest will be posted later today, but download a copy and start thinking about how you could use this functionality in computed text on a webpage, in an action formula, in validation of rich text, used with @Do and @Transform, in xPages, etc.  Valuable and unique prizes for the top three ideas.  But first, you need the software.

As a reminder, there is no official support provided.  If you company needs official support, let me know and I'll see what we can arrange (on a paid basis, obviously).  Otherwise, go forth and enjoy.

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