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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Monday, January 24, 2005

Growing up

Some excellent
advice on things that grown-ups (there defined as 25 and older) should do. Sadly, a decade later, I know many people who still need to work on some of these (particularly "Be on time" and "Do as invitations ask you"). (Via Mike Pope.)

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The road not taken

One of my favorite topics on which to ruminate is the dramatic ways in which the choices we make, or the things that happen to us, direct the paths that our lives take. Thus, I enjoyed this diagram very much. (Via Kottke.) See also Sliding Doors, Frequency, or if you must, It's a Wonderful Life.

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Copy rights

My recent attention to music has me again wondering exactly how copyright laws and ownership interact. Clearly if I own a CD, I can rip its tracks onto my own computer. If I own a CD, can I legally download tracks from that CD from (say) Kazaa? What if I own the album on vinyl? What if I owned it on CD but the CD was destroyed (thus I cannot prove that I ever owned it)? What if I owned it on CD but the CD was stolen out of my cubicle at work (this, sadly, happened to my dozen or so favorite CDs about five years ago)? I just don't know.

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Why I love the web

1. My daughter and I really enjoy all of ThinkFun's puzzles. A friend tells me that his favorite of theirs is Lunar Lockout; unfortunately, this does not seem to be made any more, and I can't find it anywhere (not even eBay). However, a quick web search turns up a handy online version!
2. My wife and I are watching The Andy Griffith Show the other day (don't ask), and wonder whether James Best actually played the guitar. Ten years ago this would've been more difficult to answer than it was worth, but today a few minutes on Google tells me that no, he didn't play, that the close-ups of his fretwork were actually famous jazz guitarist Herb Ellis.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

My outdated CD collection

I have a lot of CDs, most of them from the 80's and 90's, and most of which I haven't listened to for many years. I'm going to go through them, one by one, and listen to each of them, and figured I may as well blog my thoughts about each of them.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Little apples

Lots of buzz about the stuff Apple unveiled at MacWorld: The Mac Mini and the iPod Shuffle. At first I thought the Mac Mini was a "big deal" idea, but it's growing on me. Certainly (as with pretty much all Apple products) I love the form factor. But my first thought was that it needs to be cheaper for me to buy one, since work makes me so Windows-centric that the Mac would be pretty much a plaything. Later I realized, though, that it's at just about exactly the pricepoint for me to replace my kids' circa-1999 Windows desktop with a Mac Mini when the time comes. After all, their machine already has a really nice LCD monitor. As for the iPod Shuffle, this is the first digital music player that has tempted me. For both my wife and I, pretty much our only occasion to need portable music is when exercising, and this unit looks about perfect for that application. Plus, I just love the way it looks -- I'd probably want one even if I had no use for it.

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