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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Thursday, May 30, 2002

It occurred to me yesterday that it would be amusing to write a story/movie/whatever that is sort of the opposite of
You've Got Mail: two people have a long history of flaming the crap out of each other on, say, the Yahoo message boards, and eventually figure out that in real life, they're married, or perhaps best friends. You could work in big product placement for Yahoo like YGM did for AOL... sounds like a winner! Nora Ephron, I'll let you know where to send my check.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

I just finished Everything's Eventual, Stephen King's latest collection of short stories. It's quite good, certainly well worth reading. Once again, my favorites were those with little or no supernatural content; my very favorite was a simple little story called "All that you love will be carried away."

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Friday, May 24, 2002

I realized that there is a simple solution to my PIM woes. The fundamental observation back then was that I use my Palm only to carry around the information that is on my desktop machine, and that it is ill-suited to that purpose because it is too fragile. The solution that just occurred to me is simply to use a desktop PIM software, and print out my calendar, address book, etc. periodically and carry around the paper copy. It's not very small, but I can print multiples and stick one in each car, one in my briefcase, etc. Certainly the fragility issue disappears. The only problem is that after much searching, I cannot find any desktop PIM software, at any price, that is significantly better than the (utterly free) Palm desktop software. Certainly nothing comes anywhere near fulfilling much of my PIM wish list. Any suggestions?

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

We just decorated impending baby #3's room, which included wainscoting on the bottom half of the room. I wrote down a few things I learned from the mistakes I made, that I thought might help others avoid those same mistakes.

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Monday, May 20, 2002

I've read a ton of books since I last wrote about books. I don't know if I can even remember what all of them were, but here are some high- (and low-) lights.
  • Acts of the Apostles by John F. X. Sundman is the best book I've read since Cryptonomicon, to which it is a little stylistically and thematically similar.
  • Roses are Red and Violets are Blue by James Patterson. Feh. I've enjoyed some of his other books, but I think I'm done; these both stunk.
  • The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver. This was really good. I've read three of his books now (the other two are The Devil's Teardrop and The Blue Nowhere), and all three were really quite excellent. Don't you love discovering a new author you like who already has a bunch of books in print?
  • Zodiac by Neal Stephenson. Worth reading, but not nearly as good as any of his later books.
  • Dumb Money: Confessions of a Day Trader by Joey Anuff and Gary Wolf. A quick, entertaining read.

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    Thursday, May 09, 2002

    Dear MSNBC: "Interactive" is an adjective, not a noun.

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