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New Birth in the Family

August 25, 2005 Leave a comment
Tracy and I became a true aunt and uncle this morning since my brother and sister-in-law had a baby boy named Daniel Wayne. Congratulations, you two, and the best of luck!
Categories: Family

Now you see ’em, now you don’t

August 15, 2005 1 comment
My home for two years while attending Iowa State University was demolished in late July along with another of Towers’ buildings. Storms and Knapp halls were built in the ’60’s as "temporary" housing but lasted well beyond their years (sort of). I wish I could’ve been there to watch, but fortunately the Iowa State Daily posted a video of the event.
 
What do I think of these Towers’ tragic end? Suffice to say, the video was sweet!
 
(Thanks go to my friend John back in Ames for the pictures.)
Categories: News and politics

No Software is Bug-free

August 10, 2005 Leave a comment
I saw an article over at BetaPlace today and have to say that Andy Martin has no idea what he’s talking about. First, Windows Vista will be the most stable and secure operating system. Having used it and know even just part of what’s going in it I can attest to that. Even still, it will have bugs just like any other software, including free and open source software (F/OSS). The linux kernel gets patched often, as do the UNIX variant kernels and other components (software applications, drivers, etc.) that sit on top of the kernel. Patches are necessary to fix the flaws that are, unfortunately, inevitable.
 
A lot of new technology – much of it from Microsoft Research – goes into making the code – and, hence, the products – more stable. Don’t be fooled into thinking that any software can possibly be bug-free, but great efforts are being made to better stablize and secure Microsoft products.