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Wed, July 21, 2004 (Hyperbolic Tree Source Code Links)

Yawn ... nothing major so far today. I spent a long night last night working on a manuscript for something totally not related to computing, so I'm pumping in the coffee this morning.

Tue, July 20, 2004 (The Non-Designers Design Book)

Have you ever had one of those mind-blowing experiences where you are really, really struggling with a problem ... struggling for hours, days, or weeks, and then suddenly - bam! - you find exactly what you need? I had that experience this morning, and it was truly awesome.

Sat, July 17, 2004 alvin July 17, 2004 - 12:55pm

I've been working with the ABLE Toolkit from IBM for a few months now, in particular trying to use it as a rules engine for my home grown anti-spam software. I'm using this experience for a paper I'm writing for the upcoming Borland Developers Conference.

Thu, July 15, 2004 (CSS Zen Garden)

The CSS Zen Garden is a great example of what can be done using style sheet magic. They take the same content, and let you view it in at least eight different designs. Of course, having a good artistic touch doesn't hurt either. :)

Tue, July 13, 2004 (Wonderlic test; ad problems)

It's funny in life how you don't hear about something, or know about something, and then it comes up over and over again in unrelated situtations. The "Wonderlic test" is like that for me. I'd never heard it until three recent unrelated conversations.

Sat, July 10, 2004 (Creating a sed script to convert HTML to LaTeX)

My obsessive use of LaTeX continues. Here's a link to a sed script I'm creating to convert HTML to LaTeX.

I actually have a reason to do this. During a requirements phase I'm doing a lot of work with HTML prototypes, but the actual specification is being created using LaTeX, and I want to incorporate the HTML prototypes in the LaTeX document. Hence this conversion effort. I know that it can never fully succeed, but I think I'll be pretty happy with 90-95% success here.

 

Wed, July 7, 2004 (hyperbolic trees; support issues)

Here's a link to a cool "Green plant hyperbolic tree demo". Don't give up on it too quick. If you start exploring the tree, especially by following the Moniliformopses path, you'll start to see some very interesting power here. I'm looking for a new menu/navigation paradigm, and a co-worker sent me down this road.

In other news, here's a recent conversation between me and a Support Guy ("SG" for short):

Tue, July 6, 2004 (Speaking at BorCon 2004)

Over the weekend I saw that I'm on Borland's speaking schedule for their annual conference, BorCon 2004. I guess I better get to work on my presentations. :) Actually, I'm ready to go. I'm set to give one talk on Java Performance Tuning and another on Function Point technology. Giddyup.

I haven't frequented it before, but the Java & Internet Glossary at mindprod looks pretty good.