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Quotations in Aug, 2007

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A meeting must fight to exist. It must defend its existence to its attendees who should constantly be asking “Why are we here?”

Rands # 31st August 2007, 5:50 pm

The biggest mistake I made in Leonardo was making “foo” and “foo/” mean the same thing.

James Tauber # 29th August 2007, 8:52 pm

At one point I thought I hated programming because I was just so sick it... It turns out I don’t hate programming, I just hate programming in Java.

Russell Beattie # 25th August 2007, 1:09 am

The other interesting thing about the 1.0.2 update is that Apple didn’t try to prevent the hacks that are out there [...] one would have assumed that Apple would have done *something* in this release as a sort of “shot across the bow” but they didn’t, which bodes well for a future, more open platform.

Russell Beattie # 22nd August 2007, 10:08 pm

In 1997, I chose to suppress a similar finding: users tend to click on banner ads that look like dialog boxes, complete with fake OK and Cancel buttons.

Jakob Nielsen # 21st August 2007, 6:34 pm

I’ve been using Vista on my home laptop since it shipped, and can say with some conviction that nobody should be using it as their primary operating system—it simply has no redeeming merits to overcome the compatibility headaches it causes.

Joel Spolsky # 20th August 2007, 3:58 pm

Has any customer in the history of DVR technology ever stepped up and said “you know, this DVR thing is terrific, but what I’d really prefer is to lose the ability to skip commercials so that I can satisfy the needs of businesses in every stage of the value chain?”

Jeffrey McManus # 19th August 2007, 8:43 pm

This is all your app is: a collection of tiny details.

Wil Shipley # 15th August 2007, 11:53 am

By picking up its marbles and going home, Google just demonstrated how completely bizarre and anti-consumer DRM technology can be.

Ken Fisher # 14th August 2007, 12:41 pm

[On Blueprint] I’m somewhat conflicted with its release because I don’t think it should be used. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great, but don’t use it.

Nathan Borror # 14th August 2007, 10:42 am

Open source is neither an industry fad, nor a magic bullet.

Microsoft FAQ # 13th August 2007, 1:54 pm

I’ve been in this web standards game for five years now and probably have over 100 standards-based sites under my belt. I can count the number of times I’ve be involved in a redesign where no changes were made to the markup on one finger.

Jeff Croft # 11th August 2007, 9:37 am

In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video [...] After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

Google Video e-mail # 11th August 2007, 8:33 am

Erlang fits all the characteristics of an OO system, even though sequential Erlang is a functional language, not an OO language

Ralph Johnson # 8th August 2007, 7:47 pm

Inline images are stored as data URI:s in the intermediate format (and usually also in the source documents), but since not all browsers support this format, the renderer replaces the data URI:s with HTTP pointers to an image cache directory.

Fredrik Lundh # 7th August 2007, 10:52 am