Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Memerial Day vs Veterans' Day

Many people confuse Memorial Day with elements of Veterans’ day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

While we are all out enjoying Memorial Day, let's take a few moments during the day to remember those who gave their lives and paid the ultimate price for our Freedom. Sometimes we get too wrapped up with celebrating the holiday, we forget the real reason for the holiday.

To those who've perished in service to our great nation, my Family and I appreciated your sacrifice. You are in our thoughts and payers. We think of the family and friends you've left behind and pray for them as well.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

CodeGears new Website

CodeGear has a new look to their website go to http://www.codegear.com to have a look for yourself.

When Nick Hodges first displayed the new CodeGear logo, I was not a supporter; however, as Michael Swindell pointed out, you had to look at the whole site in order to appreciated the new logo and branding. I see what he means now and I would agree, it does look really nice. Its a bit edgy, bold, and somewhat evocative (The color red does that). It screams hardcore.

All in all I really like it. There are a few things I might tweak like a darker orange and maybe gray instead of silver for readability purposes (some notebook LCD's will not render those colors well). The layout is simple and straightforward and uncluttered. Makes for finding things much easier.

Its a bold new look for a bold new brand. Your comments on the new website are welcome.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Delphi and The Sunshine Band

I made a suggestion to Nick Hodges to make this the official Delphi Song.

When reading the lyrics, you need to imagine the tune from the song “Get Down Tonight” by KC and The Sunshine Band then the following lyrics will make allot of sense to you. Its a great song for Karaoke night at CodeGear.

Get it Done Tonight

Delphi, Delphi let’s get together.
Honey, hon, me and you.
And Code the things that we like to Code.
Write a little code, do a little dance,
Get it done tonight.
Get it done tonight.
Write a little code, do a little dance, Get it done tonight.
Delphi, Delphi, I’ll meet you,
Same place, same time.
Where we can get together,
And write some code.
Write a little code, do a little dance,
Get it done tonight.
Get it done tonight.
Write a little code, do a little dance,
Get it done tonight.
Get it done tonight.

Write a little code, do a little dance,
Get it done tonight.
Get it done tonight.
Get it done, get it done, get it done, get it done tonight Delphi.
Get it done, get it done, get it done, get it done tonight Delphi.
Get it done, get it done, get it done, get it done tonight Delphi.

Delphi has rhythm, its hip and happening.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Laurent Meyer - Delphi Warrior

I would like to recognize and commend Laurent Meyer of http://www.ea4d.com/ fame for he truly epitomizes the spirit of a Delphi Warrior.

He provides outstanding customer service, and works hard to resolve tech support issues quickly. He goes above and beyond the call of duty and he gladly goes the extra mile for his customers. His responses are clear, detailed, accurate, and complete. I wish all component vendors were more like him. I am happy to be his customer, and I am glad I purchased his components.

Laurent, kudos to you for your hard work with EA4D, especially version 3 - it really rocks. I thought version 2 was fast and a great performer, but version 3 blows it away hands down (Its so fast I had to check several times to make sure it actually was working). It's unbelievable! Your work is admired and greatly appreciated.

Check out his website, he may have something you need.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Jims is in and Ben is out!

I was a little surprised this morning reading the news about Ben Smith stepping down as CEO of CodeGear and Jim Douglas is now the new CEO. Apparently this has been in the works for sometime. It's amazing they were able to keep so tight lipped about this transition. There were no leaks about this that I am aware of. Good job with the security.

I've always thought that Borland's ultimate goal is to sell CodeGear, and their recent moves proves this. Give it a year or 2 and CodeGear will be back on the market and this time it will be sold. I've told many in my shop that the initial spin off was the beginning of the end for CodeGear. By spinning off the Tools Group, Borland could prove to potential buyers that CodeGear is worth the asking price.

That was the crux of the problem with the initial attempt to sell CodeGear. the financials were so intertwined that you could not tell where one began and the other ended. Borland could not prove what the tools group was really worth so they could not get what they thought was the true value for CodeGear.

Given Jim's past assignments, I believe there is little doubt about CodeGear being sold in the next few years.

If the right buyer can be found then this could be a brilliant move for CodeGear. if not, well then I might have to break down and buy me a copy of - dare I say it - no it can't be - Visual Studio. I am definitely not looking forward to that day.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

IT Witticisms III

Some more IT related witticisms for your enjoyment:

  1. You want the data? You can't handle the data!
  2. That's the best part of all, my code is self-documenting.
  3. I can unfix it...
  4. Our thin client is a mere 32 diskettes.
  5. Inside every fat client is a thin client screaming to get out.
  6. Thin Client Plus--It's like small, only bigger.
  7. Our client may not be thin, but it's smart!
  8. Blade...that's a much cooler name than “skinny server.”
  9. What meeting were you in?
  10. You guys need to get yourself a white board or something.
  11. A bug is just a feature growing in the wrong place.
  12. If I don't state the obvious, who will?
  13. Uh-oh, I think I found some more irrational exuberance in our code base.
  14. ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI.
  15. I'm not passing the buck, I'm re-raising the exception.

If you have any witty or interesting comments of your own, please share them with us.