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Steve Jobs, please return from the dead and give me back my Home and End Keys!

I’m a coder.  I code.  Coding involves a a lot of typing.  Coders are known to be stubborn when it comes to switching away from editors that they’ve grown accustomed to.  Ask a dozen developers what their favorite editor is and you’ll find at least 1 or 2 that still love the hell out of “vi”, an old-school, but definitely archaic, editor which, for whatever reason, they find still useful today.  VI was designed for a time when computers didn’t have arrow keys so you can’t even cursor through your documents without doing some wonky key combination involving some control keys.  I don’t use “vi” so I’m not the best person to speak of its history, but if you’re curious I’m sure there are plenty of fan pages out there dedicated to it. Continue reading Steve Jobs, please return from the dead and give me back my Home and End Keys!

RFC4695 – “RTP MIDI”: A Protocol Not Fit for Consumption.

I have a pleasure of working for an eccentric start-up that deals with music applications and devices.  A requirement of a couple of projects I’m working on are that they be able to send MIDI data (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) wirelessly to a Mac, iPAD, or iPhone.

There are lots of ways to do this and a few different open standards out there.   Of all the protocols available Apple chose RTP-MIDI as its standard for wireless MIDI communication between iPADs, iPhones, and Mac computers. Continue reading RFC4695 – “RTP MIDI”: A Protocol Not Fit for Consumption.

Delphi XE5 Thoughts: Contemplative

Just got my hands on Delphi XE5.  I know that, although the crew at Embarcadero probably broke out the wine and cheese to celebrate the release of their first Android-capable IDE and Compiler, and certainly what they’ve accomplished is a feat no other company, with the exception of Unity3D, has accomplished; I can’t help but imagine that there are some engineers and testers over there that are not feeling too happy right now. Continue reading Delphi XE5 Thoughts: Contemplative

I decided to switch to WordPress

After LifeType severely failed me.  I switched to word press.  let’s hope that this site doesn’t get attacked with all the spam attacks that LifeType seemed completely incapable of stopping.  Ultimately I lost about 50 articles.   I’ll be reposting some of the more relvant ones here soon.