Widgets Flotsam and Jetsam #68

Flotsam and Jetsam #68

By Nick at October 27, 2012 13:16
Filed Under: Flotsam and Jetsam, Delphi
  • Is it me, or does it seem like there are more Delphi conferences happening in Europe than there has been in the past?
  • I totally get the notion of being on hold to wait for customer service.  I usually put the call on speaker phone and wait that way.  They usually play music and go about my business.  What bugs me, though, is when they break in every ten seconds to say “All our representatives are currently assisting other customers.  Please continue to hold.”  That’s all well and good, but every time they do it, I have to sort of stop what I’m doing and see if it is recording or the real person coming on.  Irritating.
  • Apparently, my man Frank Borland has a blog
  • I was happy to find this interesting, insightful, and marvelously written answer by Danny Thorpe to the question “Why did Borland fail?”.
  • I’m feeling a bit out of it, as I just discovered and joined Quora – and gave my first answer.  I’d never really heard of it before, but found out that many of you folks are already there using it.  Now to think of a question to ask…..
  • I made a few more changes to the website – easily enabled by Less.  I put slightly rounded corners on the little side boxes, as well as a bit of a shadow.  Both are easily adjustable thanks to Less. 
  • I also added a new advertiser – Lake Quincy Media.  They specialize in Developer Tools, so hopefully what you see should be more of interest.

Comments (4) -

10/28/2012 5:21:54 AM #

There is more activity in general concerning Delphi and EMB products. This is a vital sign on one hand and vital on the other hand especially in Europe.

Think, Delphi XE3 is here and a few moments later Boian provided his superb stuff for XE3 and of course for VS. I see it as a favorable offering allowing the C# community to participate.

Reminds me of Wordstar, I think or Starwriter, don't remember exactly in the last days of ASCII based word processors starting with graphics mode. Built in games and a radio show. People called the support line in order to listen to the radio show.

In the Firefox the blue bar (Powered by) is positioned relative to the 'Save comment' button I think. In all other browser including Opera the layout is ok.

Bunny Austria |

10/28/2012 6:49:03 AM #

It's nice to see more activity, these conferences are just preaching to the choir.
Instead of doing all these conferences for and by Delphi enthousiasts, they should target new developers.

Why don't they tour around universities to demonstrate cool stuff, and to hand out free copies?
Or free workshops at large software development shops that are now using other technologies?
Tour around Bangalore and persuade developers and companies to try Delphi?

Wouter Netherlands |

10/28/2012 9:25:42 AM #

I really enjoy Quora.  I receive the weekly digest of the top Q & A activity.  Sometimes the topics/questions can be a little superficial, but often there are some really interesting ones with highly-detailed replies from people intimate with the subject.  It can be really engrossing, especially when the person that is actually the subject of a question replies.  

Kevin P. Canada |

10/28/2012 4:34:21 PM #

Kevin --

How do you sign up for this digest?  It sounds great.


Nick Hodges United States |

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