Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Power vs. simplicity

I'm in the midst of switching from DishPVR to Tivo. The difference between these two is a perfect illustration of the classic tension between power and simplicity. Tivo has many features that DishPVR lacks, but DishPVR is so much easier to use.

In related Tivo news, I've been watching a lot of old X-Files lately. I still like that show a lot, even after all these years, and there are a lot of episodes I've never seen. I remember noticing when that show was new that it was the first show in which I'd seen pervasive use of cellphones. Now, of course, what leaps out at me is that those cellphones are huge!


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