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The Funlist! Podcast Episode 2: Peru, Node.js and Uber

[ Download MP3 ] The latest episodes are now on SoundCloud! In this episode, Funlisters Tobi, Cindy, Phil, Augie and Rod discuss: Augie’s adventures in Peru. Tobi’s Node conference findings. JavaScript is taking over the world. Uber and our big shiny future/the end of civilization as we know it.

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The Funlist! Podcast Episode 1: Women in Tech

[ Download Episode 1 ] or try SoundCloud! At last, here is a new episode of the The Funlist podcast, recorded on July 8, 2014. The show is a mix of tech, news, pop culture–all the stuff we as a tight knit group of colleagues like to kick around the …

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Must you use MS Excel 2010 as an MDI application only, always and forever?

What’s that? What is MDI? Whaaaaaat? Ha! Why that’s short for (M)ultiple (D)ocument (I)nterface. Ok great, but what is that really? Well, apart from MDI, there are also applications that work as SDI (and yes, that would be Single Document Interface). This has a long track back in the history …

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The Funlist Podcast: Episode 0

[ Download Episode 0 ] Hello world! This post marks the launch of The Funlist podcast, a mix of tech, news, pop culture–all the stuff we as a tight knit group of colleagues like to kick around the office. We hope you enjoy it! It’s a work in progress. Your …

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Microsoft’s DNA and the Primordial Pond

The first decade of this new century of computing was characterized by the network. We built out the online world using Java and web browsers, which led to a somewhat generic vision of a computer as a box with a pixelated screen, mouse, and internet connection. In reality, one size does not fit all; nor will it ever. Fundamentally, digital hardware and software has always been highly complex, differentiated, and evolving. That’s what the PC platform represented, and what it still facilitates today. It’s a central hub where hardware vendors, experimenters, business people, researchers, technical specialists, highly niche-oriented fields, and novices of all kinds could come together and figure out “What’s Next.”  The essence of the PC platform is not a box under a desk somewhere, it’s an affirmation that evolution happens naturally and spontaneously, and needs an ecosystem that supports it.

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