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[Admin] Holiday Break

In case you haven't noticed, we've been quite quiet for the last 24 hours or so. If you're in the US, you're quite aware that this is Thanksgiving week. If you're not in the US or familiar with the tradition, here are some details.

We will return bright and early this coming Monday (28 Nov) with more posts, information, and the general discussion that you've come to know from us. If you really miss any of us, please feel free to browse any of our Contributor's sites and read up on some of the other things we think and write about.

Switchers or Switch-backers?

According to a recent article on AppleInsider:

The momentum generated by Apple's iPod digital music players and related products continues to translate into new Macintosh sales according to one Wall Street analyst who estimates that over one million Windows users have purchased a Mac in the first three quarters of 2005.

I personally feel that this is an exaggerated number, but it is apparent that Apple's momentum in desktop and laptop sales is growing. It's feasible to say that every Apple desktop and laptop that is bought is one less Dell or HP or some other vendor laptop that could have been bought. Since a huge majority of new computers come with Windows installed, it's fair to say that they've taken away a large number of Windows installations.

The Euro Sign Predicament

To this day, you will rarely see the euro sign in newsprint or news sites, it will be written out or abbreviated as EUR. This is one of those interesting cases where computer text encoding systems have influenced the way information is presented in the media.

The ASCII factor

One reason the symbol is not used is that it is not ASCII, and whenever you depart from ASCII you risk ending up with corrupted characters. Similarly, the pound and yen appear written out rather than using the £ and ¥ symbols, although those have different reasons too, and longer histories.

[Admin] Holiday

Due to the holiday weekend here in the US, we're taking the afternoon off. Maybe you should do the same.

We'll be back tomorrow with the latest and greatest opinions.

Interview with QtRuby Author Caleb Tennis

In case any of our readers are interested in hearing a bit about the man himself, an interview with our very own Caleb Tennis is available on the website of Andy Hunt of the Pragmatic Programmers'.

Check it out and enjoy.

Ruby 1.8.3

Ruby 1.8.3 has been released. The source is available here.

There have been some reports of it not playing well with established Rails installations, so be prepared to revert to 1.8.2 if necessary.

Paul Graham's Startup School

So who hasn't heard of Paul Graham?

For those you who don't know of him, he's a bit of a uber-geek in terms of a geek who made it big during the dot-com times, managed to walk away with a bit of cash, and now has a bit of a philanthropic goal of assisting other startups to give it a try. Whenever he writes, it sends ripples through the online world and generally gets on slashdot.

As the owner of a startup, I applied to his upcoming Startup School as a bit of a lark never thinking I would get an invite. I hit "Submit" and then promptly forgot about it and made plans to go to my other conference called Power your Business with PHP which starts three days later.

So I got an invite last night.... whoa.

Now I need to figure out how to close on a new place just outside Washington, DC on the 14th, make it to Boston on the 15th, and then make it to San Francisco on the 17th.... hmmm.

Edit: I just realized that I forgot to point out that I initially came across the Startup School info over at Dane Carlson's Business Opportunities Weblog. - Thanks Dane!