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Herbie Smith Dr Herbie Not dead yet.
  • Tips for building online communities?

    jsampsonPC wrote:
    yman wrote:...oh btw, 1200+ unique page views isn't that impressive. I am told W3bbo reaches 6 times that in a day...

    I didn't say that to impress you, I've been around for a while, and I know 1200 isn't a drop in the bucket compared to over 6 thousand hits/day that some of my clients' sites have received. The only difference is that this is my baby, and she was only getting ~30 month a couple months ago. So you can see why I'm excited about a pitiful little 1200+.

    Well, I'm impressed.  My blog get about 2 hit a day.  Mostly students looking up information on the 'Normal distribution' and 'blue eye alleles'.  Still, I'm not really doing it for fame and fortune.

    I guess if you want to attract people, you'll have to advertise.  I only found C9 becuase it was on the MSDN front page.
    Who links to your site?


  • Is your alma mater anti-Visual Studio?

    Detroit Muscle wrote:
    Reading through this thread makes me glad i didn't major in CS. Did any of you ever stop to think that no other field of study has religious wars over what tools are used?

    It's not just CS, I was a biologist and there are plenty of religious wars there too.


  • What's your project page?

    Well, my current project is my blog (not software, but evolution). 
    Mainly just me writing stuff so far, but I'll be expanding and adding code soon.


  • Is your alma mater anti-Visual Studio?

    Ambition wrote:

    Yeah, but who starts at anything by the time they get to Uni? (Sorry if I'm not getting the point of this, I don't know much about the American Education system, so I don't know what ages we're talking here). You go to University to expand on knowledge, not to start from scratch (or at least, that's what I hope, because if I get to uni and they start me from scratch I'll be very upset ).

    I would imagine that they will start you right at the very beginning to make sure that there aren't any gaps in your knowledge. First year students are usually taught en-masse and they can't be sure what level everyone is, so they' start at the lowest common denominator.  I wouldn't worry about it, it'll give you time to ease in gently if you already know stuff.

    I didn't study programming until I did an MSc crossover course, up to that point I was self-taught, mainly through writing biological simulations.  Some of the most rewarding classes were the 1st year computer science degree courses that we sat in on:  discreete mathematics (mainly graph theory) and a series of lectures on basic operations at the CPU level.
    We used Borland Tubo C++ for programming work -- a pretty basic IDE that was a thin wrapper around the compiler/debugger. No libraries, everything coded from scratch.  Makes me appreciate the Microsoft & Borland libraries I've used since.


  • UMPCs & Vista

    Can't comment on Vista but I was shocked to see the review of a UMPC on The Gadget Show; the latest Samsung UMPC took 5 minutes to boot up!

    Five Minutes!  They'll have to do better than that before I even consider one.


    Five Minutes!

  • Is your alma mater anti-Visual Studio?

    Jack Poison wrote:
    Absolutely they are.

    It's actually interesting, that old Alma Mater didn't support Wi-Fi in the University, and adamantly opposed it, since it wasn't secure. The Business COllege had to do it.

    I can kind of see the issue with Wi-Fi -- the security isn't great and if anyone can crack it easily, it'll be computing academics.  Especially the students.  You can't trust students.  I should know, I was one for over a decade, and I woudn't trust me.


  • Is your alma mater anti-Visual Studio?

    Not sure on this one:  sometimes I think that starting off with just the nuts and bolts gives you a good perspective on how stuff works.  I started writing Windows software pre-MFC so I had to write my own message pumps, etc.  Knowing how Windows messaging works is still usefull sometimes in the C# world.

    On the other hand, you would want students to finish their courses knowing the tools that are current so they can get a job.  This is an old problem -- I remember reading about 10 years ago about a software company owner who refused to hire Computer Science graduates because they didn't know how to write business applications; they could design CPUs and write compilers but most businesses don't need that.

    So I guess that starting them off with a copy of Notepad and GCC and then 'graduating' up the scale to VS2005 (or Eclipse or whatever) would be the optimum.



  • What are your predictions for 2007?

    By December of 2007 I will have come up with some highly witty predictions for 2007. None of these will be relevant to 2008, so I'll have to start over.


  • Sun Warming!

    Massif wrote:
    Dr Herbie wrote:
    The issue with trade is the amount of fuel that's used to transport things.  It's a current topic of conversation in the UK -- which has least environmental impact, organically grown food that shipped in from abroad, or non-organically grown food that's grown locally.

    According to my environmental sciences studying (and highly opinionated) cousin, choose local every time. Then you can try to persuade them to go organic afterwards.

    The last argument I heard (earlier this week) was about tomato growing.  In Spain, they grow them outdoors and pay fuel to transport them to the UK.  In the UK they grow them in heated greenhouses, using fuel for heat instead of transport.  Which is least damaging to the environment?

    Of course, the real answer is to only eat tomatos when they are in season and you can grow them yourself in your garden. Smiley


  • Sun Warming!

    cheong wrote:
    Talking about environment thing, I'd like to know if there's anyone doing research on "the effect of trading to our planet"?

    Here's a summary of my thought:

    Let's assume the theory of birth of the Earth is from the cooling as a droplet of boiling universe substance is true. When the Earth is cooled down to solid, we can assume the mass of substances on the surface is roughly evenly distributed.

    When people on Earth begin to trade, materials are moving to rich places as money flows. The more advanced transportation technologies are, the faster it moves.

    Let think the Earth as a giant "spinning toy"(I forgot what is the word in English), if there's balance weight on the circumference of the surface, it'll spin without problem. If it become slightly unbalanced, it'll become swingy. If we continue to move weight unbalancedly, it'll eventally become unable to spin up.

    So to what level of global trade will have impact to the degree of axis of the Earth?

    I think that in comparison to the volume of the planet, the amount of materials we shift about is too small to matter.  Even if we started shifting entire mountain ranges it would be tiny in comparison to the Earth's volume.

    The issue with trade is the amount of fuel that's used to transport things.  It's a current topic of conversation in the UK -- which has least environmental impact, organically grown food that shipped in from abroad, or non-organically grown food that's grown locally.