Monthly Archives: November 2006

Web 2.0 and the Grunge Hoax Victims

I just had to post about Joey de Villa’s great spoof on Kathy Sierra’s graphics. The short story: in her fine Creating Passionate Users blog, Kathy Sierra inexplicably tries to argue that Web 2.0 is not a buzzword, but jargon. … Continue reading

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How do you pronounce it?

Ph.D. comics’ Jorge Cham’s latest webcomic summarizes the name pronunciation problem I got since I set foot in Canada: The difference is people seem to actually care in his case 😉

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Books of Dust

I grew tired of the Harry Potter series several volumes ago -I couldn’t stand Harry’s selfishness, his lack of talent or spark, his air of superiority and aloofness over his sidekicks, nor how everyone seemed to gladly die / risk … Continue reading

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Toronto DemoCamp 11

On Monday we had the latest iteration of DemoCamp (again at the MaRS facilities) and the last of the year. Turnout is still high, with a healthy dose of newcomers, and although there were quite nice demos, some people seemed … Continue reading

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Offloading and evolution

I just finished reading Carl Zimmer‘s very fine book Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; which is a great introduction to the topic and covers a lot of ground, from Darwin’s life aboard the Beagle to host-bacteria arms races (stop … Continue reading

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UML usage survey

The May 2006 issue of the Communications of the ACM has a survey (subscription or payment required) by Brian Dobing and Jeffrey Parsons on the usage of UML in software development projects. Most participants were contacted through the OMG, the … Continue reading

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CSCW 2006 Roundup

Just returned yesterday from the Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) conference, which took place in gorgeous Banff, Alberta. Here’s a brief summary of cool stuff presented there: The Social Side of Software Development Workshop – One of the highlights for … Continue reading

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