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

Tue 10 May 2011, 01:26 PM
I was chatting with Bill Buchan today, and as I looked up a fact related to his tweet, I realized that our Midas Rich Text LSX Version 1.00 was published Aug. 6, 1997, which is only 37 days after J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (renamed for U.S. audiences as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).

The only possible connection I can find between the two, besides the fact that selling Midas worldwide has sometimes felt like a magical journey, is that both franchises are going strong almost 14 years later.

See, I told you it was utterly useless trivia.

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Thu 5 May 2011, 11:52 AM
I'm still here, blogging away. I was quite worried when I started this blog that a) nobody would read it, or b) I wouldn't be able to keep writing it.

So far, so good.  I'd love to be able to pick out trends or favorite posts, but eight years is a long time.  Instead, I want to thank all the people who have taken time out of their busy lives to respond 2.7+ times for each post, not to mention the far higher number who have read about software, hypothetical carrots, dating tips and more.  You all rock. Truly.

For those dismayed by my views, annoyed by my ramblings, or just generally grumpy, I leave you with the classic XKCD call to duty:

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Mon 2 May 2011, 11:12 AM
I am not usually a big fan of pre-ordering, but there are times I make an exception. Mobile development is clearly in my future, so I have been looking at the various options for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone development. There are some excellent options out there, but I happened to see two new entries in the Head First series, which is a favorite of mine. Each is discounted at least 40% right now, and both are shipping in early July.

So, sighing reluctantly at the idea of putting out money ahead of time, but thrilled at the thought of getting two new Head First books one exactly the topic I am learning about, I put in my order.  Now, I guess I just have to wait patiently. (Man, am I bad at that part.)

Whether you're a seasoned iPhone developer who wants to jump into the the Android Market, or someone with previous programming skills but no mobile apps in your resume, this book offers a complete learning experience for creating eye-catching, top-selling Android applications. Head First Android Development

Whether you're a seasoned Mac developer who wants to jump into the App store, or someone with strong object-oriented programming skills but no Mac experience, this book is a complete learning experience for creating eye-catching, top-selling iPhone and iPad applications.
Head First iPhone and iPad Development: A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone and iPad

Pre-order now:   U.S.  CA  U.K.  DE
Pre-order now:   U.S.  CA  U.K.  DE

I guess that means I have to get serious and get out to buy my smart phones. (They're a business expense, honey, really they are.) 

It comes as relatively little surprise, by the way, that there is not a Head First BlackBerry development guide. R.I.M. needs to work its ass off if it doesn't want to be R.I.P.

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