Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Best Software Essays of 2004

Joel On Software is compiling the top essays on the subject of software for the year 2004.  The nominations are up now at http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?best04.  Go give them a read.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Code Editor Learning Curves

A friend of mine put this together.  It's a graphical representation of the learning curve for some common code editors.  It seems quite accurate.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Enjoy the Silence

I just recently got done with a round of upgrades to my computer.  I didn't increase the amount of RAM or get a new processor.  No, I got new fans.  The difference is amazing.  When I built the computer I has gone with a high-quality motherboard, case, fast processor, good RAM, etc. but I'd skimped when it came to the power supply and cooling system.  The machine made a lot of noise.  I have now replaced the power supply with an Antec SmartPower 350, the stock AMD cpu fan with a CollerMaster XDream II, and the north bridge fan with a Zalman heat sink.  Total cost:  about $45.  These are not top-of-the-line parts but they are also not the cheapest you can buy.  This is now probably one of the quietest machines I've owned since the introduction of fans into the PC.  If your machine is loud, think about following my lead.  Upgrade your fans.  There is a lot of difference to be heard.