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Selbstüberlistung

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With everybody being interested in iTunes 4 today this didn't keep people from doing other things. Personally I tutored my first class this term. This was more of a warm-up: Everything was quite easy, they hadn't handed in any exercises yet and there were by far too many people in my class, about 35. Some will have to be shifted over to the other groups.

Scott Johnson writes about outsmarting himself in coding, something I'd use the pretty word Selbstüberlistung for in German. It's probably not in the dictionary, though. He states Scott's 3rd Law of Coding: The Smarter You Are ... The More Subtle the Bug, which is pretty close to, though more refined than, one of my favourite own advices: Don't try to be clever.

With man and dog having their issues with DRM, [Now how tempting was it to link man to a Mac site and dog to a Linux site – or vice-versa – in this situation?] The Register ran a story on Linus Torvalds blesses DRM, and nothing happens, showing their full grandesse by quoting a brilliant song – to be sung with a funny German accent

Once the rockets go up - who cares where they come down? That's not my department, says Wernher von Braun.

Tom Lehrer, Wernher von Braun (not available in iTunes store)

An interesting bit by John Gruber on converting RTF to Text. Shouldn't this be quite easy in OSX? Along the line of

[[[[[NSAttributedString alloc] 
      initWithPath:RTFFilePath 
      documentAttributes:dictionaryRef] 
  autorelease]
    string] 
      writeToFile:textFilePath atomically:NO];
perhaps. Didn't try it right now, but that should do. There could be a service for this kind of thing. I am still thinking there should be a service converting TIFF to JPEG images. For those times when sending screenshots that you've pasted directly into Mail.

To stick with Tom Lehrer [who, by the way, has been known to use the phrase one more thing... long before other people did], I should say It's very bad form to quote one's own reviews but... this one for UnicodeChecker on Versiontracker was just too nice: Still kicks mountains of ass..

April 30, 2003, 2:53

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