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Bionic Office

Joel Spolsky's company (Fog Creek Software) just moved in to a new office. I'm jealous!

Most software managers know what good office space would be like, and they know they don't have it, and can't have it. Office space seems to be the one thing that nobody can get right and nobody can do anything about. There's a ten year lease, and whenever the company moves the last person anybody asks about how to design the space is the manager of the software team, who finds out what his new veal-fattening pens, uh, cubicle farm is going to be like for the first time on the Monday after the move-in.

Well, it's my own damn company and I can do something about it, so I did.

Spelling Suggestions

Having a spell checker in Outlook is pretty useful, but sometimes the suggestions it gives are hilarious. Is there a name for these things? I’ve got to start keeping a list.

Today I sent an e-mail with the word “DevStudio” (referring to Microsoft Visual Studio) and got this suggestion:

Outlook spelling suggestion for DevStudio

Programming ReplayTV

Our ReplayTV box is really old and has very little capacity. But, I do like their “MyReplayTV” service which lets you program your box remotely from a web interface. Here I am on vacation in Tahoe and I just set my box to record the Nascar race on Saturday. Life is good!

Update 2003-07-06: Well, MyReplayTV is reallly cool if your ReplayTV box is successfully calling their servers each night, which mine was not :(

Quick Links

Or…things to check out after vacation.

  • Rasterweb shows how to hack AmphetaDesk to use <guid> elements, if they exist
  • Textile-2 coming soon (Brad Choate working with Dean Allan) — I've been using MT-Textile and have found it extremely useful — no more writing HTML tags for my post to ensure it's formatted correctly
  • Bill Kearney has a list of sidebars for Windows