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One can't help but wonder, why bother. When Apple TV is $100 and movie rentals are $5, why would one want to put a giant ugly box under their TV and upgrade it every two years (and install software updates every two weeks, too). Don't you have anything better to do with your time, Jeff?
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on The 2013 HTPC Build at Coding Horror
Get a mortgage, a wife, and a couple of kids. You will then appreciate being able to pull down significantly more money than even the luckiest of your high school friends are making in other occupations. :-) On a more serious note, passion doesn't hurt either, but the chicken and egg problem is, it's hard to be passionate about something you're bad at. As in any non-trivial human endeavor, there's a learning curve to overcome. In Java EE it's artificial and unnecessary. Drop that shit like a hot potato and switch to something not engineered strictly for job security.
I'm sorry Jeff, but going with Ruby is a bad decision. What you should have gone with is Play and Scala. The combination feels downright ASP.NET-ish, except Scala is much nicer in many aspects than C#. Also, the Scala feature subset used in Play is pretty pedestrian, so you don't need wizards who use every trick in the book. You'd be about as productive in terms of development and you'd need 1/10th the hardware needed to run the service. But hey, it's your service, build and run it as you wish.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2013 on Why Ruby? at Coding Horror
For what it's worth, I encode all my music into THREE formats (thanks to Max which makes it trivial to do on Mac OS X): FLAC, Apple Lossless and 320kbps MP3. Apple Lossless is in addition to FLAC because unfortunately some FLAC files from years ago are no longer readable with the newest FLAC codec. Storage? I have plenty.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
The problem is having to bend over backwards to please the carriers. They will keep screwing the customers (since that's the only thing they do outstandingly well), and Microsoft will keep suffering because of it. Coming up next - carrier modified versions of WP, and carrier-preinstalled crapware.
Needs moar blue leds, fans, plexiglass windows and plastic.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2011 on Building a PC, Part VII: Rebooting at Coding Horror
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