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Summer Tan

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, we’re entering the season where I inevitably endure comments from friends and family with respect to my tan, or lack thereof. So in an effort to prevent the shock and awe the apparently occurs when I don a pair of shorts, I present this guide.

Tan Lines

Written by Ian Olsen

May 5, 2008 at 8:52 am

Posted in Fun

How to Melt Your Web Server

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Wow. Self-employment has made Jeff bold! Incendiary, even.

We Don’t Use Software That Costs Money Here:

It’s tempting to ascribe this to the “cult of no-pay”, programmers and users who simply won’t pay for software no matter how good it is, or how inexpensive it may be. These people used to be called pirates. Now they’re open source enthusiasts.

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April 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

Vista Folder Views and My Newfound Curmudgeonry

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If Vista decides, one more time, that the appropriate columns when looking at a folder full of C# source code is Artists, Album, Genre, and Rating, I’m going to go postal. I keep fixing it, and everything’s fine for a few weeks, and then it does it again. Yes. I have SP1 installed.

This morning I searched Google for “Vista folder view f***ed” (without the stars) and, amusingly, the second result led me to a fix. I’ve removed from the registry all the folder-specific view settings that Vista oh-so-cleverly remembered on my behalf. If it actually did this competently, that would be one thing, but if it’s just going to confuse itself every few weeks, I’ve got better ways to spend my time. So I’ve also turned off the “remember each folder’s settings” option. Call me crazy, but when looking at a list of files I actually want to see file-like information like size, date, and attributes. I genuinely miss Windows NT 3.5’s file explorer sometimes.

I’ll be 31 this year. Perhaps I’ve already begun the slow decline to cranky old geek. Soon I’ll be looked at by fresh-faced college kids the same way I looked at the graybeards reminiscing about core memory and punch cards.

Written by Ian Olsen

April 10, 2008 at 8:55 am

Vault 4.1 / Fortress 1.1 Ships

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Vault Today we shipped Vault 4.1 and Fortress 1.1. Follow those links to the release notes to see exactly what’s new.

This seems like as good a place as any to thank the many early adopters who took part in the beta for this release. In no small part due to your help, we made significant improvements in the usability and performance of the Visual Studio Enhanced Client (formerly the Visual Studio 2005 client).

For developers who use IDE integration, particularly those upgrading from a 3.x version, I recommend checking out this FAQ.

All of the graphical clients (Windows, Visual Studio, Eclipse) also got a face lift with this release. The FAQ includes a few screen shots.

Finally, if you’d like to keep abreast of all Vault and Fortress-related releases, there is an RSS feed for our release announcements.

Fortress

Written by Ian Olsen

February 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Posted in Vault

Why I Love Neal Stephenson

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I’m reading Cryptonomicon for the second time, having rediscovered it on a basement shelf and remembering that I really enjoyed it years ago. Last night I got to this part, when Randy’s trying to crack the Arethusa intercepts from his Manila jail cell:

“Who framed me, then?” Randy asks, kind of rhetorically. He was just in the middle of doing some pretty cool C++ coding when he got yanked out of his cell to have this surprise encounter with the Dentist, and is surprising himself with just how bored and irritated he is. He has reverted, in other words, back into a pure balls to the wall nerdism rivaled only by his early game coding days back in Seattle. The sheer depth and involution of the current nerdism binge would be hard to convey to anyone. Intellectually, he is juggling half a dozen lit torches, Ming vases, live puppies, and running chainsaws. In this frame of mind he cannot bring himself to give a shit about the fact that this incredibly powerful billionaire has gone to a lot of trouble to come and F2F with him. And so he asks the above question as nothing more than a perfunctory gesture, the subtext being I wish you’d go away but minimal standards of social decency dictate that I should say something. The Dentist, no slouch himself in the social ineptness department, comes right back as if it were an actual request for information.

Obviously any book that contains the phrase “pure balls to the wall nerdism” is probably good. An author who writes entertaining fiction and knows the software developer’s mindset this well is rare. Hilarity ensues. I can’t say that I’m proud of these moments, but what professional software developer hasn’t been there? Of course, I’d have to substitute an “oblivious coworker” for the “incredibly powerful billionaire,” making the caricature even more painful. 🙂

Written by Ian Olsen

November 28, 2007 at 10:55 am

Posted in Work Life

Vault 4.1/Fortress 1.1 Beta 1 Available

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Last night we released a beta version of Vault 4.1 and Fortress 1.1. The big changes include:

  • Visual Studio 2008 support
  • Tags in Fortress

A more exhaustive list of changes is here.

Written by Ian Olsen

November 27, 2007 at 10:24 am

Posted in SourceGear, Vault

Vault 4.0.5/Fortress 1.0.5 Ships

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Vault Today we shipped the final bits for Vault 4.0.5/Fortress 1.0.5. It’s got many tweaks and fixes, particularly for users of the Visual Studio 2005 integrated client. Fortress

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October 25, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Posted in Vault