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Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:22 PM



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Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:30 PM
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That I just need more time to "get" the Win8 modern user interface. I now realise that the idea of passive touch was needed (and still believe that part), but not with a side scroller interface. The side effect of losing the dept hierarchy of data is the saddest part of all and a pain to search through.

Passive touch needs a kiosk or fixed screen area (eg. iOS android especially on small screens. On large monitors the top and bottom is wasted) with only paging and zoom in and out. Active touch (electrostatic that you feel which I like to call touchy-feely) works in both dimensions just like the mouse.

Passive touch = fat finger problems which is why I understand the design decisions, like not having a horizontal scroll bar, as then people would ask for a vertical one.
Active touch = pixel perfect interactive UI where you can feel the UI and potentially the data.

Active touch allows you to feel the close button without having to press it. Feel the window edge to know when you can resize it, etc.
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Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:52 PM



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I've made my living through both consistency and change. I've been an advocate of and have made my living by doing many things in T-SQL that some folks may have never considered. I do things outside the proverbial box such as avoiding SSRS to do simple things like turn my automated morning server reports into HTML formatted wonders. I fight the tide of nay-sayers by locking down my systems well enough to be able to turn on and confidently use xp_CmdShell correctly through stored procedures to download from SFTP/FTP sites and even run Powershell from T-SQL to create my daily disk space report complete with different colored warning indicators.

My consistency is the power of T-SQL and the changes I've made to do different things have been an eye opener to even me.

I commissioned a friend of mine to build a bit of artwork that explains my mantra. It has the likeness of the "Cheshire Cat" comfortably laying belly down in a litter box, his arms folded over the side and bearing an ear to ear and very toothy grin, with several mice around him pointing and laughing. The sentence near the top of the work says it all for me...

"Before you can think outside the box, you must FIRST realize... you're in a box!"

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"RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for "Row-By-Agonizing-Row".

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Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column."

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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 3:06 AM


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I've changed my mind about the existence of superiority of one technology vs another.

If you look at the comments following a ZDNet article there is rabid hatred of Microsoft expressed on the Linux articles.

When I started in computing it was Atari 800 Vs Apple II, then Commodore Vs Sinclair and so on right through to iOS vs Android and Linux vs Windows. As if any of it matters or is relevant. It certainly isn't worth the venom and bile expended on posts.

Here is a tool to do a job. It is 1 million times better than you need to do the job. Here is another tool. Someone opines that it is 1 million times better than the one you have. Whether they are right or wrong I still have a surfeit of tool.

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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 4:52 AM

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I think there's a difference between something you wholeheartedly believe and a strongly held opinion. There are lots of things I wholeheartedly believe, but none with a belief that can't scrutinised critically from time to time. And if that belief doesn't stand up, it is amended or discarded as necessary. I see nothing inconsistent in that; how could I have confidence in something that can't stand up to close examination?

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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 6:16 AM


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I'm in a gradual process of transformation over enterprise virtualization- my initial belief was that people who intended VM servers to be business components in their environment were on a fool's errand for using a sandbox technology in live production. I'm still not fully convinced that MSSQL is fully portable to the virtual realm until the deltas of upper-scale performance are indistinguishable from VM to host system, but there's still time.
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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 6:59 AM

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While it may not be exactly what is asked for in the question "What strong opinion did you hold that has been changed over time?", here's my input:

At my first assignment as a US Air Force comm officer, we developed the system that managed cargo and passenger movement for Air Mobility Command. It was written in COBOL and had an in-garrison version that ran on a Sun/UNIX environment and a "remote" version that ran in a PC/DOC environment. Our data was stored in an "advanced file management system". There was an API that we used to read/write data and behind-the-scenes the data was stored in huge text files. About a year or so before I left, our system admins wanted us to convert the system to use a relational database. The development team fought it tooth-and-nail and won - no conversion of the system was ever done.

I often think "if only I knew then what I know now...".

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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 7:14 AM



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I used to think that applying OO with rigid software engineering practices was always right but I now think that it is sometimes right.

Unfortunately not enough people make it an active choice.


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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 7:58 AM

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I used to think people who had two monitors were just being that I have two I want three.
I used to think Windows 7 was worse than I actually like it.
I used to think Facebook was a complete waste of time..still do. (Wish I'd have thought of it though.)
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Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 8:10 AM
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I have been in the industry since 1984 and I remember when everything we did was "roll-your-own". My first job was at Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. and my first project was to write graphic primitives (what we called driver's back then) for our Calcomp plotter and our HP graphics terminals (slightly smarter than an original VT-100). So, over the years, I have greatly changed my mind about roll-your-own VS pre-built libraries.

I have also gone from Oracle to Adabas to Oracle to SQL Server to Firebird/IBPhoenix and back to SQL Server with a little MySQL thrown in for good measure. I wonder sometimes if that is why I seem a little schizophrenic?

I can remember arguing that C and assembler where the best languages to use because interpreted languages could never be fast enough. Now I enjoy using javascript/jquery/et al.

And of course, I remember thinking a 56K modem was all the speed anyone would need to connect to the internet.

I guess I have learned that as Heraclitus of Ephesus (c.535 BC - 475 BC) taught that the only real constant in life is change.

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