Archive for July, 2006

A Strange Juxtaposition

Posted in General on July 18, 2006 by jstevenperry

A departure from my usual rantings but I had to comment on the rise of the next American Tour hopeful Floyd Landis. It was really cool to see him being paced up the side of L’Alpe D’huez by Axel Mercx, the son of the greatest cyclist who ever lived, Eddie Mercx. It was really neat. Axel didn’t last all that long, but still it was cool to watch. I admit, I’m a Euro-cycling geek. I don’t follow all the races, but I always watch the tour (thanks to DVR!).

Maybe Floyd Landis will be the next Tour legend from America. Maybe he won’t. It was just cool to watch Axel drop back from a breakwaway to pace our man Floyd up the side of the most famous climb in cycling. And at the end, Floyd is in yellow. Whoa.

American cycling is on the rise. I’m thinking of getting my kids to do cycling instead of playing soccer. But, then, what would we do with all those “soccer mom” stickers? “Cycling Mom” ?? It doesn’t really have the same appeal, does it? Hmmmmm

Pervasive Follows Apple Out Of India – “Tim-may!” (with apologies to SouthPark)

Posted in Offshore Outsourcing, Rants on July 9, 2006 by jstevenperry

Ran across an article about Pervasive in Computerworld, and found a link to a
Network World article about the same topic. Seems that there is ever increasing employee turnover, increasing labor costs and insufficient management bandwidth to keep the operation going. In another post on this, the most important blog you will ever read, I noted from another Computerworld article that the boom continues for Indian outsourcing firms. This reminds me very much of the boom times in the late 90s where job turnover was high (along with salaries). But it can’t last forever. As labor costs continue to rise in India, the main value proposition of outsourcing (i.e., onshore labor cost savings) will continue to diminish until even the most braindead board will not want to continue throwing away their shareholders’ money as they are now.
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Makoto in the News!

Posted in About Me, Open Source, Software Development on July 4, 2006 by jstevenperry

My company, Makoto Consulting Group, was featured among a handfull of other new businesses in Arkansas Business this week. Here is a link to the article (which may require registration). I’m stoked.

We also need two junior level (C.S. or related degree, plus 1-3 years experience) programmers. The pay is up to $30/hour. Check out our jobs page.

How’s that for shameless self-promotion? I heard once that if you don’t toot your own horn, there’s no music.

Nacho Libre – Oscar Buzz?

Posted in Film on July 3, 2006 by jstevenperry

Well, no. In fact, I don’t think any film Jack Black is in will ever generate Oscar buzz. But I guarantee you one thing: those films will all be entertaining. The guy cracks me up. He is so unabashedly and purposefully self-unaware that it’s hilarious. He’s just gonna do his thing and that’s all there is to it. Like it or hate it, he’s gonna do it anyway.

He’s probably one of the few actors that I would ever care to meet.

Anyway, go see Nacho Libre. Take the kids (I did). Get lots of popcorn and be prepared to laugh your butt off. Yeah, we did that too.

Nacho! Nacho! Nacho!

Your retarded (and other things that bug me)

Posted in Rants on July 3, 2006 by jstevenperry

Yes, the “Your” is a purposeful mistake. I quote the great Ross Geller,

‘Y-O-U-apostrophe-R-E means “You Are.” Y-O-U-R means “your!” ‘

I see this all the time. From educated people. Yeah. Maybe the parenthetical part of the subject line is a little hasty. It doesn’t bug me so much as make me, well, sad.

Here’s another. “Would you like to go to the store with Mike and I?” Okay, “with Mike and I” is a prepositional phrase, where “Mike and I” is the object. And it’s in the objective case (duh), which means that it’s “with Mike and me.” Here’s an easy rule of thumb to figure out whether or not to put “I” or “me” at the end of “so-and-so and (I or me)”. Replace the object with “we” and see if it makes sense. “We” is in the subjective case and fits with “I”, so our phrase would be “Would you like to go to the store with we?” (Notice what we did there? “Mike and whatever” became “we”)

That’s clearly not right, right? (hint: it’s clearly not right). If “we” doesn’t work, use “us” and see if it makes sense (btw, “us” fits with “me”). Our phrase is now “Would you like to go to the store with us?” Now that sounds right, right? (hint: yes). So, what did we learn? We learned that the correct phrase is “Would you like to go to the store with Mike and me?”

I think there’s almost this unconscious urge to resist using the word “me” and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because if we use “I” it just sounds smarter. Well, we might think that, but we would be wrong, and to someone who knows, we sound like an illiterate hillbilly. It reminds me of a guy I used to work with who will remain nameless that would use the word “infer” for the word “imply” because, I guess, he thought it sounded smarter. Well, Mel, as it turns out, the speaker/writer implies and the listener/reader infers. Yeah, it’s true.

I swear I’m not making this up.

So the next time you hear someone use “so-and-so and I” in the objective case (quick review: that’s the one where we use “us”), just smile and think, “Gee, your retarded.”

There’s an Eclipse plugin for that (and one in the works for Netbeans)

Posted in Rants, Software Development on July 2, 2006 by jstevenperry

Seems I constantly hear that. Why is it that Eclipse always gets the first plug in, and Netbeans is tagging along behind? I’m sure it has to do with the considerable financial backing of Eclipse versus Netbeans. And normally I’m a “root for the underdog” kind of guy. But as a consultant, productive time is money. Non-productive time is not. Come on, I just want a tool to help me do my job, and I don’t want to have to fight with it. And if it’s really slick, well, that’s a bonus.

The earlier post about Eclipse was actually kind of old (a couple of months, to be exact), and I posted it last night as I was cleaning out my drafts folder and obviously didn’t read it before doing so or would never have posted it.

In the past couple of months I have learned more about Eclipse. It is such a slick IDE that I find it hard to believe that it is a free product. I must admit that I didn’t use Netbeans 5 very much. It was buggy in my opinion, so the latest version of Netbeans I used was 4.x. Here is a quick list of reasons I might never switch back to Netbeans*:
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I’ve Finally Cut Over to Eclipse

Posted in Open Source, Software Development on July 1, 2006 by jstevenperry

Yes, it’s true. I’ve been a NetBeans fan for years, and have stuck with it through thick and thin. But on my current engagement, the development team uses Eclipse and recently cut over to Subversion. Continue reading