Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Song from Vimy Memorial 2007 Rededication

Many posts have been made about the song that was performed at the Vimy 2007 Memorial Rededication this past Easter Monday. Although the fiddle piece was the work of Sierra Noble, the song itself (performed by the Confederation Youth Chorus and Susan Aglukark) was "I'm Dreaming of Home" (as noted here) , one of the hymns from the movie Joyeux Noel, about the Christmas eve in World War I, when the troops from both sides had their own truce.

As luck would have it, I have found a clip of it here.


YouTube - Hymne des Fraternises- Joyeux Noel

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ken Levy Moving into Windows Live

Ken Levy, former product manager for the FoxPro Team at Microsoft, has announced that he's moving over to the Windows Live team to work on a variety of areas, including building better communities, something that he's definitely well-versed in.

Good luck Ken (although as Craig Boyd noted, you likely won't need it with your talents)

Andrew MacNeill - AKSEL Solutions: Ken Goes Live!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Emoticons Patent? :(

I agree with Rick - This is just plain scary or is it crazy?

It's only crazy if untrue so I would say scary.

By the way, Tom and Molly from BuzzOutloud were about to patent the word "the" but someone told them it was already done. Darn - let the lawsuits fly.

Someone needs to clean up the patent office.

Shedding Some Light: Emoticons Patent? :(

Thursday, January 26, 2006

So how do I get involved with SednaX?

The SednaX project has been filled so far with lots of talk and ideas but not a lot of direct output (this led Craig Berntsonto keep it off his 2005 highlights) but that's about to change.

I interviewed Craig, Rick and Doug on what the plan is and how the 400+ developers who have signed up can start getting involved with this open Visual FoxPro community project.

As noted in the interview, it's important to note that SednaX doesn't have to rely on Dotnet components (although there may be some benefits there) and that each project will have its own timeline. It's not a "packaged" solution - but more of a organization of several related projects.

We touch on the commercial vs. open aspect of the project as well - so commercial developers (such as Doug and Rick) can know what to expect from such a project.

What also struck me was Craig's comment about "tricks up their sleeves" from the Fox team themselves - as things like source control are still being worked out, one can only imagine (at least my thought would be) what a great coup this would be if MS allowed the entire project to be driven from the Visual Studio Team system approach. It might give MS more credibility and visibility and it would benefit the Fox community as extra add-ons would be built to help integrate the two environments as Scott and Craig have talked about before.

As Craig has noted, we live in exciting times...

The Fox Show podcast: News, reviews and training on Visual FoxPro

Monday, January 23, 2006

Non-VFP: Canada's day of reckoning

As Captain's Quarters puts it, it's our day of reckoning.

Our local paper put up funny cartoon ideas of what to do (everything from listening to the radio with Peakfreans, to live blogging and waking up with drool on the keyboard) - as it stands, we don't even get to find out how the far East coast voted until 9:30 pm which means we'll be waiting for a while.

However, unlike our neighbours to the south, the networks will likely "successfully" call the election by about 10:30-11 after Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario have voted.

Why? Because the biggest voting block (Toronto - a big city) actually outvotes most provinces (er, states ) in Canada.

Regardless of which way your political stripes may run, I'm proud to say "I Stood up and I voted!" - especially in a time when so many are dying to do the same. I hope all Canadians do the same.

Monday, October 03, 2005

The FoxShow: A Podcast about FoxPro, Software Development and other business topics

The FoxShow is a podcast produced by AKSEL that discusses Visual FoxPro and other development related topics. If you've never heard of the term "podcast" before, here's a link to a Wikipedia but for all purposes, it is a file that you can download and play on your iPod, MP3 player, computer, anywhere. Unlike Internet radio, you can play it anywhere and anytime. Enjoy.

#37 - Interview with Rod Miller of dbi Technologies
#36 - Jan 25, 2006 - Interview with Doug Hennig, Rick Schummer, Craig Boyd on SednaX
#35 - Dec 19, 2005 - Interview with John Petersen on development legal issues
#34 - Nov 30, 2005 - Upcoming conferences, the Big Moo and Fox events
#33 - Nov 21, 2005 - Conferences and Interview with Tamar Granor
#32 - Nov 12, 2005 - Thoughts on SednaX and discussion with Rick Strahl
#31 - Nov 4, 2005 - Interview with Rainer Becker, new editor of FoxTalk
#30 - Oct 31, 2005 - Interview with David Stevenson, former editor of FoxTalk
#29 - Oct 22, 2005 - Fox News and Design Patterns
#28 - Oct 19, 2005 - Southwest Wrap up with Doug Hennig and Kevin Ragsdale
#27 - Oct 14, 2005 - Interview with Toni Feltman
#26 - Oct 7, 2005 - Discussion with Rick Borup and lost Ken Levy interview
#25 - Oct 6, 2005 - Interview with Marcia Akins, Andy Kramek, +Macros and more
#24 - Oct 2, 2005 - an interview with Ken Levy
#23 - Sept 28, 2005 - an interview with Craig Berntson
#22 - Sept 21, 2005 - an interview with Markus Egger
#21 - Sept 13, 2005 - an interview with Steven Black
#20 - Sept 9, 2005 - an interview with Bob Kocher of Southwest Fox
19 - Aug 17, 2005
18 - Aug 13, 2005
17 - Aug 1, 2005 - Bill Sander Part II
16 - July 20, 2005 - interview with Bill Sanders
15 - July 7th, 2005 - RSS, ActiveVFP, DotNet
14 - June 30th, 2005 - Designing an application
13 - June 17, 2005 - Debugging DevCon
12 - June 2, 2005 - The VFP Roadmap
11 - May 30th, 2005 - FoxPro Application Design
10 - Posted May 21st, 2005
FoxShow #9 - Posted May 19th, 2005
FoxShow #8 - Posted May 9th, 2005
FoxShow #7 - Posted May 2nd, 2005
FoxShow #6 - Posted April 23rd, 2005
FoxShow #5 - Posted April 17th, 2005
FoxShow #4 - Posted April 8th, 2005
FoxShow #3 - Posted April 1, 2005
FoxShow #2 - Posted March 24th, 2005
FoxShow #1 - Posted March 15th, 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by hurricane Katrina in the southern States and across the continent.

In times of disaster such as these, the best in human nature comes out in most people. I hope that everyone finds their loved ones safe and sound. Things can be replaced - people cannot be.

The recovery will be long and slow but it will happen.