# Monday, 31 October 2005

TSCR -> BT Cellnet -> O2 -> Telefónica

O2 agrees to Telefónica takeover.  Update: The mobile operator is recommending shareholders accept an offer worth a total of £17.7bn from the Spanish telco [via ZDNet UK News]

Wow, the days of Telecom Securicor Cellular Radio (more widely known as Cellnet) are long gone. Back then we didn't want too much market share in case the government clobbered us, we had to let Vodaphone breathe. Now, they are too small a fish to survive.

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Looks like we may be needing a new map

Atlas Pulled....  

Well, unfortunately the Atlas Project has been pulled and will not be released for VS2005 like they told us at PDC.

It is not coming until Orcas now... major let down.

 [via SteelePrice.Net]

I haven't seen this anywhere else and the Atlas Site doesn't seem to mention it - any one have any clue?

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The meaning of processology

David Blunkett.  Asked whom the Prime Minister had consulted on the David Blunkett DNA bioscience breach of Ministerial Code, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) that, as they knew he did not go into the processology of whom the Prime Minister talked... [via Downing Street Says...]

I call this out for two reasons (good day today eh?) - this word processology grabbed my attention and is therefore a good word that should get lots of use. Google for this word and you will find that it seems that it is most often used by the Downing Street Clowns (sorry, spokesman).  I have no real understanding of what it means.

And the second reason - I merely ask - how is Mr D Blunkett still in his job - how did he even get another job in the Cabinet for goodness sake. I blame Mrs Blair - if one is to believe the media (which lets face it is a huge ask) her behaviour might lead others to believe that "helping yourself" is the acceptable face of social democracy or rights with responsibilities (I am responsible for accompanying the PM, therefore I have right to grab some money?). Alternatively, they feel untouchable because they know some dark secrets. Given the dark secrets the media know and don't tell you, ones that ministers know and the media doesn't must be dark indeed.

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phil ringnalda says "No matter how popular the place where you saw it is, there's probably someone reading you who didn't see it, and wants to. Don't fear mindless link propogation quite so much, it's part of the value of weblogs."

So, if you haven't seen it, this is useful:

Leak Free Javascript Closures.  If you're confused about how closures in JavaScript cause memory leaks in Internet Explorer, this is for you: Leak Free Javascript Closures. Then, without leakage, you can write code like this: function attach() { var element = document.getElementById("my-element"); element. … [via Sjoerd Visscher's weblog]


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The thick of it

I've been running a campaign with myself to watch more UK TV because I've found that I/we are watching too much American stuff; whilst the best of US is really good (Carnivale, Roswell (2nd time round for me and it is just as funny and the kids love it), Lost, Boston Legal, West Wing, Weeds, Scrubs) it can't be healthy can it? I enjoyed Extras and Bleak House looks interesting but other than that I have been really strugglin'. The first series of The Thick of It was OK but the current series (if you can call 3 episodes of 1/2 hour a series) is, err, dreadful. Have media land lost the sense that 'comedy' is meant to be funny? I also saw the first episode of the second series of Bodies. "Hospital-drama" it was not - in the horror genre maybe (and if you viewed it as that quite effective).

I am wondering if I have missed something that would enable me to understand what is going on here. Is it the new vernacula that "challenging" means we descibed something as something else entirely? And there is another theme, both Bodies and The Thick of It are meant, at some level, to reflect the reality of their subject matter. And that is really scary - taking into account the dramtaic exaggeration - are hospitals really like that portrayed, does government really behave in the way described?

And after all of that, I have to watch the X-Factor every Saturday - ah well, at least its from the UK.


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# Saturday, 29 October 2005

It ought to get as much traction as AJAX....

So I don’t think IntelliSense is helping us become better programmers. The real objective is for us to become faster programmers, which also means that it’s cheapening our labor.  [via Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?]

Some people have been ferreting around for years doing stuff and along comes a single article and the whole thing explodes. My opinion is that this article is just as important, if not more so - it is fighting against the mainstream, it is fighting for people to think.

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# Thursday, 06 October 2005

Office 12 keeps up the HTML faith

The viewer is a wrapper around Trident. [via MikeKelly's WebLog : More about the Help Viewer]


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# Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Finally, the real test

As MS releases new frameworks, folks always ask "Does MS use this?" Of course, MS has tons of existing apps that would be silly to rewrite, but when we build new stuff, we generally use the latest frameworks that make sense.

Towards that end, John Gosman continues his history of Expression Interactive Designer aka Sparkle, mentioning the percentage of managed code in  (100%) and the number of P/Invoke calls (1 -- HtmlHelp) to get what is probably the most amazing app I've seen in years, whether managed or not.  [via Marquee de Sells: Chris's insight outlet]

I can't think of another 'major' desktop app from MS that is anywhere near 100% managed code. So, how long before someone reverse engineers it - do they care, do they actually want them to? The other apps in the Expression suite, are they managed and if not, why not?


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# Friday, 23 September 2005

LAME settings

Chris points to some geeky settings for LAME, one of those things on my list to play with:

MP3 encoding.  Here's an aide-memoire of some working MP3 encoder settings [via Loft Blog - a blog aloft]

Talking of playing, if anyone has any recommendations for converting vinyl to digital (Ogg Vorbis preferably) I'll be glad to hear 'em.

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# Wednesday, 14 September 2005

Be scared part II

110 namespaces in .NET 1.0

260 WinFx namespaces

100,000 fields and methods in WinFX

Knowlegde shock is alive and well.

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