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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · March
· · · · 13 (3 entries)

Feed Breakage · Er­ror anal­y­sis is im­por­tan­t. When you build op­er­at­ing sys­tem­s, you ex­am­ine crashlogs. When you run search en­gi­nes, you look at the search­es that pro­duced ze­ro re­sult­s. When you run a Feed Val­ida­tor, you look at what kinds of mis­takes peo­ple make. Then, you have fun writ­ing about it.
 
Puzzling IDE Evidence · Eclipse’s Ian Sk­er­rett re­ports that their mar­ket share is up to 65% and grow­ing, and that NetBeans sank in the last year, based on a plausible-looking sur­vey from BZ Re­search (pub­lish­ers of SD Times and Eclipse Re­view). David Ber­lind is think­ing about me buy­ing him din­ner next year. But wait: Ro­man Strobl ri­postes, show­ing the num­bers of unique in­stances of NetBeans that are used enough to be call­ing in­to the up­date cen­ter look­ing for patch­es; and it shows quite a dif­fer­ent pic­ture. First, this is a gen­uine­ly in­ter­est­ing sta­tis­ti­cal anoma­ly. I don’t think for a sec­ond that ei­ther Ian or Ro­man is ly­ing; there are some good sug­ges­tions as to what might be go­ing on in both Ian’s and Roman’s com­ments. Se­cond, I love this com­pet­i­tive spir­it; when en­gi­neers try to top each oth­er, cus­tomers win.
 
5✭♫: Rock n Roll Animal · The last five-star piece, from two weeks ago, was about the Cow­boy Junkies. They cov­ered Sweet Jane on their ex­cel­lent The Trin­i­ty Ses­sions al­bum, and Lou Reed was quot­ed as say­ing that their ver­sion was defini­tive. He’s wrong; his own take on this 1974 live set is at an­oth­er lev­el en­tire­ly. So is much of the record. If you had to name the great­est live rock record of all time, well you couldn’t, but if you had to name the top five, this would be one: it shows how hard rock ought to be played. There are some prob­lem­s: it’s kind of bom­bas­tic in places, and it does glam­or­ize the use of ad­dic­tive nar­cotic­s; but let’s not be pick­y. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
 
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