Cake Day

One of the things I miss dearly about not working at DataCol or ATR is cake day. DataCol’s where much more lavish, but the numbers to feed where smaller, so a few extra dollars made a big difference.

Anyway, I was busy debugging my latest project, that has a really annoying windows message pump stall, and Michaela’s mother drove up the driveway, with a cake. Due to too many ripe bananas.

Anyway, I’ve have a big bit already, and I have the jug boiling so I can have some coffee and another slice.

Banana Cake

First “home” app – A homework timer.

I have completed my first bespoke development. A “homework timer”. The spec was very loose, so I decided a XP style would suit this project well. I opened Visual Studio, created a new project, drag on a Timer, Button and NumericalUpDown, did some event wiring, and then added some SystemSounds.Exclamation

This was good, but then the spec was changed as the customer wanted “custom” sounds. So I pulled in my voice artist, fired up Audacity, and laid down a couple of tracks. Inserted a SoundPlayer when “sound.wav” exists, and the project was done. Another round of acceptance testing, and monitored user trails, found the application was a success.

A few minutes and those professional touches like Anchoring the controls and the project was delivered. See attached picture.

I felt the RAD environment provided by Microsoft cut nearly all the time off this project, and I therefore would like to offer this as a success story for Microsoft if they need material in the home dev market space.

Homework Timer

Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

I was reading Mathematical Mysteries for the last few weeks. Wow there are some beautiful relations, and some mind bending logic in maths.

I only read the first 2/3 of the book. So am not sure how it finishes, but I first part was thought provoking. I was also taking back by the level understanding in B.C. and early A.D. times.

[Edit 6-May: Noticed I’d called the book Magic of Munbers (via a google search for munbers) so fixed.]

In Search of Stupidity

I have just finished reading In Search of Stupidity on Monday. I found it gripping enough that I read it in two days.

I found the different perspective on why the software industry is in its current form (or circa 2003) really enlighten. The insight to how damaging marketing confusion, misplaced products, or in some cases lack of marketing direction has on products, and mind share of the buying public.