Thursday, August 30, 2007

Good and Evil in computer fight

I got this emailed to me. Thought it was funny enough to share. :)

Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering.

Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job."

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.

They faxed.

They e-mailed.

They e-mailed with attachments.

They downloaded.

They did spreadsheets!

They wrote reports.

They created labels and cards.

They created charts and graphs.

They did some genealogy reports

They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell.

Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off..

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld.

Jesus just sighed.

Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming:

"It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost everything when the power went out!"

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.

Satan observed this and became irate.

"Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?"

God just shrugged and said,


Monday, August 20, 2007

CodeGear Video Competition entries

Current entries in the competition

As of this blog entry, there are three entries. There's still plenty of time left to submit. Not to mention the chances of winning are very high at this point. One in four at least if you submit a fourth one. ;)

The earlier you submit, the more views and such you will get... :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mt Charlie (or how I lost 7lbs in 2.5 hours)

How do you beat a 25 mile ride? You make up a 30 mile ride of course... :)

Rewind about a month or so. I wanted to see if I could make it up Mt Charlie Road - it's a 5.2 mile one-lane beast climbing up the Santa Cruz Mountains from Scotts Valley to Summit Road. It's about a 1,000 ft elevation change from Scotts Valley to the Summit. I never made it up this particular day. I hit a really nasty thorn and was stupid enough not to realize what it was, so I brushed it off my tire. Actually, I pulled it off. Yeah, stupid is right. I quickly decided to turn around. I really didn't want to fix a flat tire on this narrow road. Luckily the asphalt was so hot that it sealed my tire as I rolled down and home...

That was a month ago. Today I decided that Mt Charlie needed to be beat. I made it up to Summit Rd overlooking Hwy 17 in 50 minutes. Then down Summit Rd to Soquel-San Jose Rd to Laurel-Glen to Mountain View Rd to Branciforte to Granite Creek and back home. A total of 30.3 miles. I was blown away that I lost 7lbs of sweat during this 2.5 hour ride! Most of that is already back in the form of liquid and food of course, but the scale did say 185lbs after a shower... :)

The most fun on this ride when a pack of motorcycles passed me. There were at least 75 of them. All Harleys. Damn those things are loud when you're on a bicycle. This was down hill on Summit Rd. I set a new land speed record - 46.3 mph drafting off the pack of motorcycles! I actually had to hit my breaks not to tun into the middle of the pack, otherwise it would've been more than 46.3mph!

0.3 miles from home, when my odometer said 30 miles a car crossed into the middle of the bike lane right in front of me! Her right side panel almost clipped my left side pedal. I slipped off the pedal and banged up my left leg as the pedal cut into the flesh... The words I yelled through her open passenger window are too strong for this blog. I caught up to her at the next light and yelled some more. If I hadn't been so tired I would've taken her license plate down and sued her for enough money to get a road bike... ;)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Three new Eclipse tool plug-ins help Java developers increase performance and productivity on Eclipse and open-source tooling

Today, we announced the JBuilder Product Roadmap and four new products - the JGears!

Tomorrow, August 14th, we will host 3 community chats discussing the roadmap and today's announcements. Looking forward to chatting with you all then!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

My first 25 mile bike ride

I went for my first 25 mile non-stop ride today. The ride took me 2 hours flat. Of course, this area is very hilly. Some hills you climb at 5 mph and zoom down at 35-40 mph...

I've put 600 miles on my bike in the last 2 months. I think I can safely say that that's more miles than I've put on any bike in total in the last 20 years before that.

About one mile from home, on an uphill climb, this guy passes me and says "that'll get your heart going". I said "yeah, I'm a bit tired after 24 miles" to which he replies "that's like 50 miles on one of these"... Probably true, my bike is a piece of #$%^ - it's a 10 year-old Marin Bolinas Ridge weighing in at 30lbs (with water bottle, tools, etc).

If anyone wants to trade a real road bike for something, let me know. I've got a Borland leather jacket that's too big now that I've lost 80lbs for instance... :)

In case you wanted details on the ride. Start at CodeGear. Ride up Glenwood Dr all the way up to Hwy 17. Zoom down. Turn right on Bean Creek. South on Scotts Valley Dr, left onto Mt Herman, cut over to towards Green Hills and down south on Glen Canyon. Up north on Branciforte. Eventually back to CodeGear. 24.98 miles and 4 lbs of sweat lost. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Delphi Hour Replays from June 21, June 28, July 12, and August 2 now online!

Thanks a million to Richard Davis who saved me a bunch of time and took a bite out of my back log by sending me these mp3 files for everyone's enjoyment!

June 21st, 2007
June 28th, 2007
July 12th, 2007
August 2nd, 2007

It's awesome to have such great people out there in the Delphi community!

Thanks again, Richard!