Widgets Flotsam and Jetsam #14

Flotsam and Jetsam #14

By Nick at November 12, 2010 07:10
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam
  • One hidden benefit of working at a ticketing company:  Unlimited book marks!
  • Video of the WeekTeacher has trouble showing a video.
  • This article by Cliff Stoll cracked me up. Written in 1995, it basically says “This whole Internet thing is a big mess and will never take off”. The article was a companion piece to his book Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway.  Stoll is probably most famous for writing one of the first tales of hacking and security on the Internet called The Cuckoo's Egg .  I’m sure that he’s utterly embarrassed by the article – and probably the book -- today. And if he’s not, he should be.  Winking smile
  • I posted this comment on StackOverflow: “Empty catch/except blocks aren't code smells, they are code putrids.” By the way, that whole question is worth reading.  Some good wisdom there.
  • And while we are on the topic of good questions to read, this one about people’s favorite programming quotes is pretty fun to read.  My favorite quote:  “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I'll use regular expressions.
    Now they have two problems.
    ”  What is your favorite?

Comments (5) -

11/12/2010 9:56:08 AM #

My favourite quote is "Blessed are the geek for TGeekEarth = class(TEarth);". I liked it so much when I first heard a variant of it, that I used cafepress to print a couple of tee shirts with the quote emblazoned on them. You should still be able to order your own if you point your browser of choice to

David Clegg New Zealand |

11/15/2010 4:57:08 AM #

Not really a programming quote, but still highly applicable to programming:
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." ~Chinese Proverb

François United States |

11/16/2010 5:13:16 AM #

Wow.  I'm surprised by that article from Cliff Stoll.  How is it that so many really smart computer guys completely missed the social implications of Moore's Law?

(And I don't think The Cuckoo's Egg is anything to be embarrassed about.  What he did was incredible and he ought to be proud of it.  That Internet article is definitely embarrassing, though...)

Mason Wheeler United States |

11/16/2010 11:09:35 PM #

Mason --

I didn't mean to say Stoll should be embarrassed about "The Cuckoo's Egg", but rather about "Silicon Snake Oil".  

nick United States |

11/23/2010 4:46:22 AM #

Re:  “This whole Internet thing is a big mess and will never take off.”
Batting .500 in the prognostication game is pretty good--and arguably he had it half right <g>


bob dawson United States |

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