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Zack Urlocker
Santa Cruz, CA
Software executive, runner, guitar player
Interests: Music, writing, running, cycling, IF
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I've been a fan of Elvis Costello since My Aim Is True fell into my life in 1977. I was still in high school and my older brother thought I would like it because of the nerdy guy with glasses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Over the last couple of months, I've posted several new rock opera reviews over at www.rock-opera.com. These include: Crack The Sky - Machine (2010) The best rock band you've never heard of with one of their best albums ever. CTS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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It's hard to believe that the Beatles final album, Let It Be, was released 50 years ago. The album came out on May 8 and the documentary of the same name was released a week later in theaters in the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Some friends of mine from MySQL days have organized a world-wide distributed virtual running event. It's open to every runner, any distance, anywhere in the world. The run will take place on the summer Solstice, June 20. If you're a runner, or would like to try it out, please register.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Z-Machine Matter
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Some friends of mine from MySQL days have organized a world-wide distributed virtual running event. It's open to every runner, any distance, anywhere in the world. The run will take place on the summer Solstice, June 20. If you are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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Given the shelter-at-home quarantine we've all been faced with, I finally got around to remastering my rock opera Underground Radio. Mastering is distinct from mixing and is a separate phase of production during which a talented audio engineer listens to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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There's no doubt we are in a difficult time. We are facing a global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis that is likely the most difficult situation the world has faced in generations. The past few weeks I've had many conversations... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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If you don't understand the headline, this post is not for you. But for guitar and bass players who might not be able to figure out a song by ear, a tab file is a musical notation that makes learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Of all the writers I've enjoyed, there's one that resonates with me more than all others: Len Deighton. Although Le Carré, Chandler, MacDonald and Kerr are all still widely read, Deighton seems to have fallen by the wayside in the last twenty years. He still writes non-fiction, but his last... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Z-Machine Matter
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This article was originally published at Linkedin In early 2014, I moved to Michigan where my wife's family is from. I started working for an Ann Arbor based software company, Duo Security, which has been a lot of fun. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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Every couple of years I run into some breathtakingly fantastic band that no one has ever heard of. Often, by the time I find them, they have delved so deep into obscurity that they soon break up. (I'm looking at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at GuitarVibe.com
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It was twenty-five years ago today that Anders Hejlsberg and I got up on stage at the Software Development '95 conference and launched Delphi to the world. The joke was that all 1,500 of us were geeks who couldn't get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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This article appeared in Delphi Informant magazine in April 1996 discussing the development of Delphi 1.0. One of the most fun things I’ve done in my career is to help build the “1.0” version of Delphi. Okay, 2.0 was pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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by Danny Thorpe This article originally appeared on the Borland museum website. "Delphi" started out as a beta codename for a closely guarded skunkworks project at Borland: a next-generation visual development environment for Windows based on Borland's Object Pascal programming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Delphi on Feb 14, 2002 here is a transcript of an interview with Anders Hejlsberg, Chief Architect of Delphi conducted by .EXE Magazine editor Will Watts from 1995. Anders discusses the design and development... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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I moved from the Bay Area about five years ago to live in Michigan. However, I am still back in the Bay Area routinely working with software companies and it's breaking my heart. When I was at Zendesk I lived... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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I realize I'm late to the party on this, but I happened to catch the documentary "General Magic" recently and it's an amazing piece of work. It had been on my list of films to watch since earl 2019, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at TheOpenForce.com
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The BBC has followed up their brilliant adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Case of Charles Dexter Ward with a new podcast The Whisperer in Darkness. They've combined a somewhat obscure novella, brought it to modern day and mashed it up with a 1980 UFO sighting in rural England. The story works... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Z-Machine Matter
Wishbone Ash is one of those epic '70s bands that burned brightly for a few years, releasing top 10 albums, playing stadiums worldwide and then seemingly vanished. If you weren't listening to prog rock in '72 or maybe '74 you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at GuitarVibe.com
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I must have read a dozen books about the founding of Apple Computer over the years, so when co-founder Steve Wozniak wrote his autobiography iWoz a few years back, I made a mental note of it, but never got around... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at TheOpenForce.com
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In my prior post on the Case of Charles Dexter Ward, I mentioned the HPLHS Dark Adventure Radio Theater adaptations. Just in case it wasn't clear, I am a huge fan of these vintage '30's style radio dramas. They are excellent dramatic of many of H.P. Lovecraft's stories. I've listened... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Z-Machine Matter
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Somehow a random internet search landed me upon the BBC Case of Charles Dexter Ward podcast. This is possibly one of the best adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft's stories I've encountered. It's like a cross between NPR's serial, the X-Files and good ol' HPL himself. BBC Radio 4 produced this 10... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Z-Machine Matter
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I'm not a huge Tom Petty fan. Sure, I'm familiar with his top 40 radio hits. You couldn't avoid Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in the '80s and '90s. But I never saw them live and never followed them that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at GuitarVibe.com
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Last month, Jason Scott, Internet Archivist and director of the terrific Get Lamp interactive fiction documentary, posted an entire hard drive's worth of Infocom source code on GitHub. I thought I'd share a few observations and links to resources that might be helpful to others in exploring this code and... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Z-Machine Matter
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Although I was not familiar with Guy Pratt, I certainly knew many of the bands he played with: Roxy Music, Robert Palmer, David Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robbie Robertson and Pink Floyd to name a few. His book "My Bass... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at GuitarVibe.com