Doing my daily blog stroll I came across an article in the Seattle Times via Patrick Logan and Sam Gentile. The quote of contention from the article is

Case in point: What happened to .NET? Microsoft's flagship strategy for "any time, anywhere computing from any device" has sunk like a stone. By now we were supposed to be seeing initial .NET applications, but the new rallying cry seems to be for Palladium, a security initiative that has met with the same skepticism and resistance from the developer community that .NET inspired.
I pretty much agree with the article while Sam Gentile and Patrick Logan go in MSFT-booster mode and disagree with the author. Thoughts on why I agree with the article below.

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I see racism and ignorance are alive and well on K5 given the number of high ratings this ignorant and blatantly racist comment got. Then again, this is par for the course for K5 given that I was motivated to post my first diary ever over ignorant racist crap being highly rated.

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So Joshua takes me to the repair shop today to pickup my car after taking it having patiently taken me to about two other shops and a car rental place in the past few weeks. I'd already been told by the mechanic that the fix would cost $600 so imagine my surprise when told at the counter that I had to fork over $800. A complaint and a quick call to the mechanic dropped the price to $700.

A further slap in the face was that they didn't even fix the damn problem but an slightly related one that reduced the clunking to a bearable level since rebuilding my transmission would cost around $1500. So my car is still a freaking clunker just not as often. I hate mechanics.

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I'm currently using the ANTLR version that emits C# code and can't take it anymore. The main reason I picked ANTLR to do this project was all the advanced and cool features of ANTLR like near-infinite lookahead given dissambiguating rules, controlling lexer return types, etc. Unfortunately it looks like whoever wrote the C# port tried it on some "Hello World" level examples and then considered his work done without checking to see if any of the advanced features worked correctly. Of course, my freaking employment contract prevents me from simply fixing these bugs and giving them back to the original author and instead I have to work around them.

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I've been snowed under with work recently which is annoying since I've let many personal projects go to seed. The the K5 user search engine is still down, there are empty boxes for my new computer and Ikea bookcase still in the living room, I haven't started working on my Chinese visa for my trip to Hong Kong nor have I finished my GPL article.

Of course when I had a four day weekend last week I spent most of it playing Baldur's Gate II and drinking beer.

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If you've somehow missed it over the past couple of days most there has been a significant amount of hubub around Microsoft's palladium strategy. So far I've seen articles appear on MSNBC, the Washington Post, Clueless Cringely's column and ZDNet with each one attaching their favorite conspiracy theory to it. My thoughts on Palladium below.

Also I discuss relationship problems I'm having, Eric Raymond's weblog, the difference between good and bad programmers and have a couple of Links of the Day.

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