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Flotsam and Jetsam #59

By Nick at April 23, 2012 14:39
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam
  • The comments are working again.  My apologies go out to those folks who were kind enough to try to comment but weren’t able to.  I don’t know what the problem was – it went away when I deleted my “Little boxes” box in the sidebar.  When I rebuilt it using pretty much the same code, it all kept on working.  Gremlins, I guess.  In any event, all should be well, and thank you to those of you who took the time to let me know about the problem.
  • More on Delphi Marketing:  I wrote about Delphi marketing a little while back, and here’s more proof that they are busy and really doing a great job.  Tim Del Chiaro has the list of online webinar and events that happened just in the first quarter of this year alone. That is a very long and interesting list of webinars you can view to learn about Embarcadero products, what they can do, and why you might want to buy them.  That’s what marketing folks do – let you know that the product exists, what it does and why you need it.  More good stuff continues to come out of the folks in Scotts Valley, and you should be giving credit where credit is due if you aren’t.
  • I’m a big fan of Documentation Insight by DevJet, and they have recently released version 2.0 of this great IDE tool. I heartily recommend that you buy it and start writing /// comments for your library code – and any code at all, for that matter.  Visit the What’s New page for information about this excellent tool. 
  • Jeff Duntemann pointed to these really cool pictures of the interior of the Hindenburg.  Now, of course, the name “Hindenburg” is synonymous with “horrible, flaming disaster”, but one would assume that had the thing not been filled with hopelessly flammable hydrogen, that blimp travel might have become popular.  I don’t know about you, but I think that a trip on such a ship would be really, really cool.  Blimps are a common site today – no big sporting event happens without the famous overhead shots from the Goodyear Blimp – and I for one would love to take a trip across the United States in a blimp at a reasonable altitude for seeing the sites.  I’m surprised such a service isn’t available – I can’t imagine that I’d be alone in such a desire.
  • Dennis Landi – long time Delphi guy – is looking for a Delphi developer in the Washington, DC area.  

Comments (5) -

4/23/2012 7:49:55 PM #

The problem with blimps is they're fossil fuelled - helium comes from natural gas and is not recoverable[1]. So unless you're willing to use hydrogen (much more abundant) there's no real prospect of mass uptake. I'm waiting for vacuum filled (so to speak) airships.

[1] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium#Extraction_and_use

Moz Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela |

4/24/2012 1:14:11 PM #

Moz --

Yeah, I do seem to remember that we are running out of Helium, as indicated by rising use and prices.

Interesting.

In any event, a trip on a blimp would be cool.

Nick

nick United States |

4/24/2012 1:40:41 PM #

http://www.airshipventures.com/

Uwe Raabe Germany |

4/24/2012 11:17:26 PM #

Uwe --

Good link, but alas, it's just a 45 minute ride.  I'm looking for the cruise ship type trip.  Wink

Thanks, though.  Looks cool!

Nick

nick United States |

4/25/2012 5:25:08 AM #

I found this link at the German site http://www.zeppelinflug.de, which is the successor of the company that built the Hindenburg. Alas, the site is only in German.

If you  manage to visit Germany, have a valid pilots licence and can spare two days and some 3450 € (~ $4500) you can even attend a flight training on a Zeppelin NT. According to that site there are currently only 19 pilots allowed to steer that kind of "air ship" and there exist only two of them - one that in San Francisco.

Uwe Raabe Germany |

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