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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

wezelboy HyperCard was a fantastic prototyping tool. (299 comments)

HyperCard was awesome. It was fairly easy to create a fully functional gui application that someone might pay money for- possibly without writing a line of code. My first serious application was in HyperCard. HyperCard was dog-ass slow though.

I think Apple killed HyperCard because of the performance issues, and because it didn't fit into Jobs' vision. Once they settled on NeXT for OSX, the NeXTStep environment had a lot of cutting edge rapid development features but with the speed of compiled code. They didn't want to develop two separate environments, so HyperCard got the axe.

It is too bad. I would love to see HyperCard alive again.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

wezelboy Vehemently against. (613 comments)

DST is a fascist ploy to make more money from the proletariat. In the spring, they "borrow" an hour of our time, and then give it back in the fall. Time is money. Borrowed money earns interest. Do they pay us interest on the time they borrowed from us? Nope. For each of us individually this is a paltry sum each year, but year after year for all of us it really adds up.

I also really hate waking up before the sun comes up.

about three weeks ago

My resting heart rate:

wezelboy Re:100bpm 90bpm? (169 comments)

It's all the techno music I listen to when I'm resting. I'm not gonna give that up.

about 2 months ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

wezelboy Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (228 comments)

It was the indigenous people who didn't have enough money to purchase beans for themselves, but wanted to find out what the hoopla was all about.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

wezelboy Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

It could be worse. You could be a sysadmin.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

wezelboy Re:Not so important anymore (637 comments)

Your best bet is with the sysadmin. They'll get pissed off and write your app for you using half the memory just to spite you, and then the project manager will take all credit like they would anyway.

about 4 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

wezelboy The main thing for me is... (422 comments)

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to see an Excel sheet that is ACID compliant. You rely on that for your core business and you are screwed.

about 6 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

wezelboy She got her letters wrong (255 comments)

It should be more RMS, less Zuckerberg.

Fixed that for ya Chelsea.

about 6 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

wezelboy Re:Himalayan Blackberries (290 comments)

I loathe the Himalayan Blackberry. The berries, while large and numerous, are bland. They store a lot of energy in their roots quickly, so once they get a foothold, they send out shoots everywhere- especially after you cut them back.

Goats are the best remedy. I had a single goat clear an acre of 8-10' tall bramble in a span of a few months. For good. They eat new shoots as soon as they appear until the blackberry roots have expended all their stored energy.

If you don't have a goat, then you must remain vigilant. I have a zero tolerance policy towards blackberries. If I see one on my property, it dies.

about 6 months ago

Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

wezelboy Perfect (310 comments)

I want my son to be a douchebag tech startup CEO by the time he is 25. Sounds like he needs more computer time.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

wezelboy mysql workbench? (281 comments)

That's the way I like to dumb it down for myself.

about 6 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

wezelboy Public owned cooperative (338 comments)

Government owned distribution has its drawbacks, but what about a public owned cooperative? It would operate like a corporation except that the shareholders are also the customers. There are two sticking points to this approach though- initial capitalization and competition. Startup costs for this kind of enterprise are not insignificant, and even if a cooperative could be established, existing providers would slash their fees (to the point of taking a loss) to insure that a cooperative would not gain market foothold.

about 7 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

wezelboy Re:I'm assuming here... (769 comments)

You were supposed to say 'George Soros" not "Michael Bloomberg'. At least get your right wing talking points right.

about 7 months ago

HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

wezelboy Not again! (100 comments)

Their last update bricked broadcom blades of the G1 variety.

about 7 months ago


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