Nice analogy

I like this analogy.

Sometimes you don’t just have a hammer, you have an array of hammers. You have rock hammers, claw hammers, and sledge hammers, all in numerous sizes. You have a variety of wooden and rubber mallets too. You’ve even got a gavel. Because you have such an impressive collection of specialized hammers, y…

I Remember Those Days (Until Christmas)

Sounds like Jeffery Snover’s daughter is eager for Christmas to arrive.  She was wanting to know how many days she had left to wait, so of course he wrote her a PowerShell function so that she could always find out.

I called my daughter over to explain what a wonderful tool PowerShell was.  I explained that if she ever wanted to get the date, all she had to do was to type “Get-Date”.  I then explained how she could cast a string containing a date into a datetime object:  [Datetime]“12/25/2011″ .  She didn’t get that one so I quickly moved on to explain that the reason why that mattered is that PowerShell is … well … powerful and that it does something called “object math”.  Object math (the ability to perform mathematical operations on any object which supports them) made everyone’s life easier because that means you can do things like:
PS> [DateTime]“12/25/2011″ – (Get-Date)

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I can picture this same conversation playing out at my house a few years back, and the solution sounds like something I would do.  The conversation would probably go something like this –

  • One of my kids [Oomk] : Hey dad, how many days until Christmas?
  • Me: I don’t know, let’s figure it out.
  • Oomk: That’s alright, I just thought you might know.
  • Me: No problem, let’s fire up PowerShell and…
  • Oomk: Dad, there’s a calendar right here…
  • Me: …and let’s see, we can do date addition…
  • Oomk: … we can just count, it will only take a minute
  • Me: Yes, but then we will have to count every time, if we take the time to write a function now…

Spell check

work chat:

Ben V 2:51 PM
weird, I just expect spellcheck now wherever I type since it’s built into browsers
Jim H 2:51 PM
you use that word a lot. i do not think it means what you think it means
Yes, i expect inline spell check EVERYWHERE
but I usually test it by typing asdfasfd
If it squigles, life is good
Ben V 2:52 PM
no squiggles
Jim H 2:52 PM
I know – sukcs dusn’t it


I would love to work on a project like this…

With 400 transistors and standard CMOS manufacturing techniques, a group of MIT researchers have created the first computer chip that mimics the analog, ion-based communication in a synapse between two neurons.

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