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Category Archives: rant

The problem with Frameworks

Over years, I've developed a dislike for frameworks, especially ORMs and web stacks such as Rails. But aside from complaining about "magic" and a vague icky feeling, I could never eloquently explain why. Meanwhile, all my spare time web projects … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 geek, rant , , ,

Namespaces: Obfuscating Xml for fun and profit

One reason Xml is hated by many is namespaces. While the concept is incredibly useful and powerful, the implementation, imho, is a prime example of over-engineered flexibility: It's so flexible that you can express the same document in a number … Continue reading

February 22, 2011 geek, rant , , ,

Oh, you can keep the disc, but the bits ain’t yours

After writing "Maybe it’s time to stop pretending we buy software?", I talked to a couple of gamer friends about their purchasing habits. The concept of DLC that has a strong "withheld content" smell came up and whether this was … Continue reading

September 18, 2010 geek, rant , , ,

People have no business driving on the highway

I'm going to go rather deeply off-topic and venture into tl;dr territory: Every time I drive through LA or am on the long 4-lane interstate corridors of Barstow-Las Vegas or the central valley, my mind spends a lot of time … Continue reading

September 11, 2010 geek, rant , ,

Maybe it’s time to stop pretending we buy software?

There's been a lot of noise about comments made by THQ's Cory Ledesma about used games. Namely, "I don't think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything. So if used game buyers … Continue reading

August 28, 2010 geek, rant , , ,

You’re an administrator, not THE Administrator

I set up a new dev machine last week and decided to give win7 a try. Most recent dev setup was using win2k8 server and it’s still my favorite dev environment. Fast, unobtrusive, things just worked. Win7 appeared to be … Continue reading

February 20, 2010 rant , , ,

Teh Shiny

For technology geeks, one of the greatest enemies of productivity is teh Shiny, i.e. some algorithm, framework, language that is a possible solution to the problem at hand, but mostly attracts because of its dazzling awesomeness. When something seems like … Continue reading

September 3, 2009 geek, rant

Software Activation vs. Virtualization, Part 3

Part of an ongoing saga. Rebooted back into VMWare Fusion and yeah, Illustrator Activation was indeed screwed there as well. Office 2007 too, but at least it just let’s me reactivate (no doubt noting me as a repeat offender somewhere). … Continue reading

December 14, 2007 geek, rant , ,

Software Activation vs. Virtualization (and multiple PC ownership)

Just as Virtualization is finally becoming a useful technology, everybody and their uncle has decided that software activation is the new hot way to stop theft. Of course, like all anti-piracy tools, the paying customers get screwed, because the pirates … Continue reading

December 13, 2007 geek, rant , ,

A case for XML

XML gets maligned a lot. It’s enterprisey, bloated, overly complex, etc. And the abuses visited upon it, like trying to express flow control or whole DSLs in it or being proposed as some sort of panacea for all interop problems … Continue reading

December 10, 2007 geek, rant , , ,