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Up at 5am

*heart pounding* I just had a dream I was playing a very competitive game of hide and seek in my old grade school. Wierd.

About the Wiki

I used twiki.org's TWiki – A Web Based Collaboration Platform to power my Alfa Wiki. It's the one I use at work, it's in Perl, and it was pretty easy to setup/ feature filled. Good stuff.

Overcoming inertia

I like the net, I love Alfa Romeos. Good web resources help make owning Alfas easy. I've owned Alfas for several years now, and I've learned a lot about fixing them in time. I always wanted to share that info, but creating webpages frankly sucks, too much work to bother. I'm sure many would agree and add to that number the people who don't have a good webhost or HTML skills.

We've been using a Wiki at work to maintain some of our development documentation. It requires so little effort to use, that even I'm adding to the documentation.

That inspired me to create an AlfaWiki and finally help create some content rather than just being a leech. I'm curious to see if it gains critical mass.

Fuel Injectors

I just had my Alfa 164S's fuel injectors (6) cleaned/rehabed by Rich at Cruzin Performance for a paltry $74 delivered. Good guy, great service. They spec'd out very well (<2.5% variation in flow) which is great... But that doesn't explain why the motor seems a bit off song.

Safety is Fun

I think I'd need OSHA to protect me from laughing my ass off, if my job was illustrator for OSHA's Fatal Facts I really admire the artist's work Caught In machine and Caught by Rotating Part

Total Saturation

It's a sign that the All Your Base phenomenon has reached total saturation (or a sign of the apocolypse) when it get's a segment on NPR's Marketplace, a business news show. It wasn't particularly insightful, but fun to hear. Maybe my favorite business news analyst Louis Rukeyser will do a better job of it someday.

Sing a song about hobbits!

So I'm listening to Blind Guardian's _Nightfall in Middle Earth_. It's hard to describe… 1 part Queen + 1 part Iron Madien + J. R. R. Tolkien. An acquired taste for sure. It prompted me to listen to some older metal too… It's a damn shame that most of those recordings are seriously lacking in production value (compared with modern equivalents.)

Money is only part of the cost

Chris is a coworker so I know of what he speaks re: the cost of commercial development tools.
I too was a quick convert to IDEA. I was a long time VB programmer so I was spoiled with a good IDE (editting code while you are debugging it is a hard habit to break.) I wasn't very concerned with the dollar cost of IDEA. I'm concerned with the very nature of commerical commodity software. The profit motive encourages business behavior that can be very unfriendly to the developer. How many companies do a good job of maintaining the current version let alone an older one? As a long time VB developer I've lived through several x.0 releases, known bugs that existed for years, only then to be completely screwed by the jump to VB.NET.

It has been my experience that the free software development model is much more responsive to the needs of it's users (makes sense since the developers are usually users too…)

That said, we're going to pony up the $$ for IDEA, and I'm hoping they are a different kind of company. If not I hope by the time I tire of them Eclipse (or some other free IDE) will have stolen all their good ideas.

Side note: I think we're much more insulated with Java IDEs than in the case of VB, where both the language and the IDE were controlled by the same company. It's comparitively easy to switch Java IDEs, we've already done it a few times already (xemacs -> JBuilder -> xemacs -> Netbeans -> xemacs -> IDEA)

I like it raw

Why did I take so long to find this: Sushi Foods Co. Order fresh frozen sushi/sashimi grade seafood and have it delivered to your door. The prices and selection look fantastic. I already buy my ham and beef online, this might be even better.

Plugin plug

I just added Gavin's Weather Plugin to my MT install. It's a bit light on documentation, but easy enough to figure out. You can snatch the little weather icons from WID List.

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