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I've seen some really bad SQL in my day. Hell, I've even written some in my earlier days. But I've NEVER seen anything like this. Over on the Daily WTF there are plenty of examples of bad code. Most of them just make you shake your head and say What the F**k? I've never been moved to share them with others but this one just crys out for it. The person submitting this particular WTF relates that they are not licenced to modify the source (it's in SQL) or the ASP code and asks for suggestions. I would ......

It tolls for thee, Llama. It looks like AOL has whipped the Llama's ass for the last time. WinAmp's original crew have parted ways with the company. The corporate culture (or perhaps the lack thereof ) that made NullSoft such a fantastic place to work and allowed them to turn out such a wonderful product was completely at odd's with the strict environment of a company like AOL. After purchasing NullSoft in 1999 for 100 million dollars, things have been on a steady decline and it was all but over ......

There is a search going on over at Sys-Con for the Top 20 software people in the world. I can accept and even whole-heartedly agree with the level of votes for certain individuals on the list, but others I find highly skewed and questionable to say the least. How does a guy like Don Ferguson get 3,395 votes? Recognition as architect of WebSphere and J2EE are questionable at best. They certainly didn't make anyone's life easier. WebSphere's greatest distinction comes from being arguably the worst ......

...I could be in Minnesota. Jay Glynn writes: Balls.... How rude! Oh wait, I get it... :) “I grew up in St. Paul MN, I have heard just about every cold weather comparison there is ;-) “ I'll bet you have. In Minnesota, it gets cold enough to freeze the balls off of Big Foot. DaveJust because I can ......

It is currently minus 30 degrees Celcius with the wind-chill factor ( ~22F ) here in Kitchener. We often refer to this weather as “Brass Monkey” weather. Trivia time. Who can fill in the blank and, more importantly, tell me the origin of the following phrase? “It's cold enough to freeze the _____ off a brass monkey.” There might even be a prize for the first person with the right answer. DaveJust because I can...(clank...clank...) ......

Keith Pleas posts that Dictionary.com has no entry for “Marketing Slime” but it does provide a helpful suggestion: Did you mean marketing slime? Where he to search on the proper term, Marketroid, he would have found what he was looking for. marketroid /mar'k*-troyd/ (Or "marketing slime", "marketeer", "marketing droid", "marketdroid") A member of a company's marketing department, especially one who promises users that the next version of a product will have features that are not actually ......

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Main Entry: ped·ant Pronunciation: 'pe-d&ntFunction: nounEtymology: Middle French, from Italian pedante1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher2 a : one who makes a show of knowledge b : one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge c : a formalist or precisionist in teaching I am especially fond of 2b. I absolutely hate it when people are pedantic. I know some pedantic people. They are currently making my life hell. The pedants in my life are ......

...disappointed.

Dave
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