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Name: Adrian Hosey
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I'm a pretty good sysadmin and an okay programmer. (Software architect? What's the fashionable term these days?) I dream of a day when my day job is solely to write code and someone else deals with the system support problems.

Take a look at my book list. Let me sort thru the crap so you don't have to.


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Web logs are all the rage now, but I'm going for a more disciplined style of writing on my web pages. I'm trying to use these editorials/rants/funny stories to improve my writing. When I was young I thought I would be a journalist or a novelist or some kind of arsty-fartsy writer, before I got hooked back into computers. Now I'd like to get back some of those writing skills.

A sample of the most recent post:

The Beatles were blamed for Charles Manson. AC/DC was blamed for Richard Ramirez, Catcher in the Rye was considered generally subversive, etc. And in my generation, Quake is blamed for Columbine and Flight Simulator is blamed for the World Trade Center strike.

My Head Hurts

I suppose, in regards to this post, I should mention that I finally got my iBook a couple months ago. It is not tangerine and it is not shaped like a gumdrop. It is white and rectangular, somewhat like a chiclet. And I am very impressed by it.

No disrespect to the hard working Sleepycat fellows, but I really wish Sleepycat/Berkeley DB would provide a higher level API for simple database operations. I'm glad the fine grained API is there, but another API above that, with a reasonable set of default flags for simple synchronized open/get/put/close operations, would really help. As it is I'm about ready to can the whole thing and just install a mysqld for the job. It would be smashing the bug with a big hammer, but I'd get done faster!

The subtly shifting changes in the API with each release get me too. I suspect that is a symptom of lacking a more abstract API, it would be easier to keep that API consistent and let the changes occur underneath that.

Can someone explain what the advantages of SOAP are supposed to be? If they want to invent another RPC mechanism, that's cool, since none of the ones we have seem to be too popular. But what's the point of doing it over HTTP? The handshake/tear-down overhead of HTTP is so much that I don't see how one can get expect to get good response time on interactive applications.

My wife, bless her, surprised me by buying the Namco Museum for the Gameboy Advanced. This includes my favorite arcade game of all time, Galaga. But I'm disappointed in the conversion. The game play, graphics, and sound are a totally faithful reproduction. But instead of keeping the scores at the top and the extra ships at the bottom, they've given up the entire righthand quarter of the screen to displaying that information. That means the game play is smooshed into the remaining 3/4ths of the already small GBA screen, and it's so tiny - the individual shots are almost invisible.

I think the motivation might have been to preserve the aspect ratio of the original game screen. But dammit, who's doing QA and playtesting on this stuff? Did not one person get a chance to say "dudes, that's unplayable" at any point in the process?

On the plus side, the conversion of Dig Dug is quite good.

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