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@NoamTamim: I’m guessing that would be his “triple-monitor desktop home office beast”. The HTPC isn’t general-purpose, it’s just for entertainment.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2013 on The 2013 HTPC Build at Coding Horror
If your blog post discusses two gentlemen named Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar, nothing else can do better than being the second-funniest thing in it.
Could it be possible to just lower a little the "average customer" to force more people to consume less? Of course, as people consume less, the average customer’s consumption *will* be lowered, so that’s kind of built in. Jeff — what is your house’s insulation like?
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2012 on For a Bit of Colored Ribbon at Coding Horror
Many of the native applications currently available run poorly on Surface RT due to lack of optimization and testing for the ARM platform versus x86. Probably not terribly different from the iPad 1 on launch day That’s not how I remember the iPad 1 on launch day. Its hardware is underpowered by today’s standards, but in 2010 it was as responsive as an iPhone.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2012 on Do You Wanna Touch at Coding Horror
I think the big surprise is that computer enthusiasts managed to persuade the rest of the world for so long that they needed computers designed for computer enthusiasts. It was a neat trick, because it brought computer prices down and horsepower up for us. But it foisted viruses and way too much complexity onto regular people. Lots of the articles here on Coding Horror are pointing out specific ways in which things that computer enthusiasts are fine with are utterly unsuited for the other 99% of users. As far as the mainstream goes, iOS-style devices are a no-brainer.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2012 on The PC is Over at Coding Horror
Feel the feer, and do it anyway.
Ah, I was hoping it was some sort of nickname. Happy Easter makes much more sense.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on Geekatoo, the Geek Bat-Signal at Coding Horror
Okay, so, “Happy Eater”. We’re going to need to know what the deal with that is.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on Geekatoo, the Geek Bat-Signal at Coding Horror
Remember, nobody's going to help you … except science, and if you're willing to put in the required elbow grease each and every day – yourself. I’ve read some good self-help books that essentially say that — specifically: - The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - The Road Less Traveled - Straight Talking - When I Say No, I Feel Guilty Everything you do, you do yourself (otherwise you’re not doing it), but if you want to do something well, you’ve got to learn how. If I remember correctly, the best way to learn is to study theory, and practise, and teach. Good self-help books are part of studying theory, and give hints on practising.
If you don't like the railroad, buy some road and lay your own tracks. If you can't turn a profit and get investors, then no one wants your railroad anyway. Bollocks. “Infrastructure” is something you only need one of, and that innovative services rely on. Once it’s there, you can’t practically compete with it, and it would be an enormous waste of resources to do so — resources that could be better spent innovating. Some things aren’t best provided by pure competition, and infrastructure is one of them. Thus it needs to be managed as a shared resource, so that there’s a solid, reliable, fair base for everyone to innovate on top of.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
It's far more important to write clear code, than to write code that needs to be explained by comments and external documents. Writing comments before code can help you write clear code.
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2011 on How to Write Without Writing at Coding Horror
I'm totally with you on the idea that it wouldn't be that useful, even if it did work. I think folks get excited about the idea because it seems very natural, ergo it must be easier than the current forms of control we have. But it depends on the domain. Would you want to control a car's steering via voice recognition? I doubt it. Speech recognition for cars would be great if you could get in and say “Go to work”, and it drove you to work, but the magic there is automatic driving: a “go to work” button wouldn't detract from the experience one bit, other than making the demo seem less magical. I'm much more excited about reducing and removing interfaces, rather than putting a boil-the-ocean amount of work into making them different. Voice-recognition does seem to work pretty great for booking movie tickets over the phone though.