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Archive for December, 2006

the fault always lies elsewhere

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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Victorian blogger Ariel went to work this morning under a red moon. Only it wasn’t the moon; it was the sun smothered in smoke haze from bushfires.  February’s bushfires in early December - and the promise of worse to come.  Who’s causing this climate change?  It couldn’t be us!

Stephanie MacMillan's cartoon: the fault always lies elsewhere
Cartoon by Stephanie MacMillan

  • Mrs Fitz was in China in September and October 2006.  Every time I spoke to her on the phone, she had a hacking smoker’s cough - for several weeks.  She doesn’t smoke.  It was the air pollution.  She travelled extensively in China and the only place she saw clear sky was in Tibet.  Others have posted photos of the pollution in Shenzhen, just over the border from Hong Kong.
  • An acquaintance who lives in the next suburb (our sons went to the same primary school) has relocated his furniture manufacturing operations from Australia to China.  He boasts about the cheap labour and lack of environmental regulation. (And he expects me to be impressed. Dickhead!)

Put these facts together, and it’s clearly we Western consumers who can make a difference to our planet.

Have we won or lost the battle to save our planet’s lungs, the Amazon basin?  It won’t matter soon, if we don’t stop contributing to China’s unfettered development.

Would my dickhead acquaintance bother manufacturing in China if he had to pay a carbon tax on the Australian coal burned to provide his cheap Chinese power?

Scaling to Multicore: .NET Concurrency Best Practices

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

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Qld MSDN User GroupTONIGHT, One Night Only !!!
Joel Pobar
, speaking on “Scaling to Multicore: .NET Concurrency Best Practices”.

Always an enthusiastic and informative speaker, former Microsoftie Joel is widely-known for such remarkable programming feats as “Writing a compiler in an hour”.  (I saw him do this, with Dominic Cooney, at the first CodeCampOz.)

In tonight’s session, Joel will take us through the concurrency features available now in the .NET Framework 2.0.  He will recommend a number of best practices including how to handle shared memory locks.  Joel will finish up with a brief preview of new language features, currently available in beta.

As Joel says on his blog, Bring your “scale my app across a bazillion cores” questions with you. 

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Iraq Diggers silenced - my comments in The Sunday Mail

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

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Welcome to readers following up my comments in today’s Sunday Mail article “Iraq Diggers silenced” by Lucy Carne.  You may be interested in my earlier posts on this topic:

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Update Tue 12 Dec 06
Following Sunday’s article, there has been international commentary.  See:

’Tis the season to be jolly-well rid of spam…

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

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FITC Christmas TreeTra-lala-lalah La-la La La.

I’ve noticed a change in the blog comment spam caught by my Akismet spam filter.  Usually the majority of my spam comments offer either cheap weight-loss pills to make me smaller all over or other pills to make just one particular part of me bigger.  However, this month’s spam has a decidedly Christmassy flavour.

There are headlines offering Christmas lights, Christmas songs and even holidays on Christmas Island.  But they are still spam.  I’ve got my decidedly Christmassy smile on as I watch them all languish on the slippery slope into the e-shredder.  Thank-you Akismet.

And speaking of Christmas, I’ve dragged out the Christmas tree (image above), pasted it on the FITC website and dusted off the Christmas message for clients.  So, Merry Christmas to all my blog readers as well.

Meanwhile, at home, Mrs Fitz has deployed even more Christmas lights than last year.  My pleas about greenhouse gasses, electricity bills and the neighbours thinking we are mad have once again fallen on deaf ears.  It’s not such a bad hobby, I suppose.  At least we are not as mad as this guy.

Next will be the Christmas Epistle to family and friends.  (Thinks: I wonder if I can just filter out all my Outlook appointments for the past year with a category of ‘personal’ and/or ‘recreation’, dump them into a Word document and go from there ?)