Daily Archives: June 17, 2008

Female Coders Do It With Consideration

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Emma McGrattan, the senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres-and one of Silicon Valley’s highest-ranking female programmers-insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They’ll intersperse their code-those strings of instructions that result in nifty applications and programs-with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it.The code becomes a type of “roadmap” for others who might want to alter it or add to it later, says McGrattan, a native of Ireland who has been with Ingres since 1992.Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses.

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Talkin’Trash in Linux


This file is clobbered…
Linux and related operating systems are different from, say Windows, in many ways. One is this: When you “delete” a file in, say Windows, you are asked to confirm the operation, then the file is moved to the trash folder, not deleted. In Linux, when you “delete” (remove) a file, it is clobbered. Gone. It is a defunct entity. Continue reading Talkin’Trash in Linux

Something has gone terribly wrong …

… at Firefox Central.Firefox had been organizing “Download Day” on their web site … getting as many people as possible to show up TODAY (June 17th) todownload the newly released Firefox 3 … so many people as to set a record for number of downloads.But it isn’t there! Ha! You can download Version 2, but not Version 3. Maybe they mean some other time zone… Maybe they were only kidding… Maybe they messed up….i-f06302d7ea0e62f71f9e3b9bcd6a0bea-firefox_download_oops.jpgWell, the Firefox Browser is so good we’ll forgive them. Maybe they will get he software on line in a few minutes or an hour or so and still break the record.