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June 5th, 2006
07:34 pm
[stillcarl]

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REBOL and Breastfeeding
As you all probably know, there's to be an LJ-wide protest over the next day or two. See Step apart from Six Apart on 06/06/06 for the details.

So...

This community should be deleted on 06/06/06 for 24 hours or so...

yes
1(33.3%)
no
2(66.7%)
clicky thing!
0(0.0%)


I'm sure you all wanted the chance to have your say on the matter...

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May 25th, 2006
08:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Wed, 24 May 2006 15:54:45
REBOL Road to France
For a few weeks near the end of June, we will be roaming around
France. For the first few days, we will be touring around the Paris
area, sightseeing. Then, we will be getting lost in the countryside of
south-west France in some quiet place within the Aquitaine
Region
(in English, sort of) between Toulouse and Bordeaux (close to Agen
and Moissac,
along the Garonne River).

For some of the trip, we will be travelling with our ballet troupe (Mendocino Ballet), but
there will be times when I hope to escape for lunch, wine, beer, or tour
with any REBOLers or Amigans that happen to be around these areas. I can
also drive a couple hours in any direction to meet up, should the timing
work out. I realize that our location is far from the busy city life, so
if schedule or distance is a problem... well then... I think I will
enjoy relaxing with the fine French food, wine, countryside... and write
even more creative and inspiring code working on REBOL 3.0.

If you think there is any chance of getting together in the Paris area
or in south-western France, we would very much welcome that. I don't think
that there will be time for any kind of official conference, but I do
hope to meet up with friendly REBOLers and Amigans alike. Contact us
at REBOL feedback and Cindy will work out the details.


Vers la fin juin, nous allons nous balader en France. Nous passerons
nos premiers jours en touristes dans la r

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May 24th, 2006
11:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Wed, 24 May 2006 15:54:45
REBOL Road to France
For a few weeks near the end of June, we will be roaming around
France. For the first few days, we will be touring around the Paris
area, sightseeing. Then, we will be getting lost in the countryside of
south-west France in some quiet place within the Aquitaine
Region
(in English, sort of) between Toulouse and Bordeaux (close to Agen
and Moissac,
along the Garonne River).

For some of the trip, we will be travelling with our ballet troupe (Mendocino Ballet), but
there will be times when I hope to escape for lunch, wine, beer, or tour
with any REBOLers or Amigans that happen to be around these areas. I can
also drive a couple hours in any direction to meet up, should the timing
work out. I realize that our location is far from the busy city life, so
if schedule or distance is a problem... well then... I think I will
enjoy relaxing with the fine French food, wine, countryside... and write
even more creative and inspiring code working on REBOL 3.0.

If you think there is any chance of getting together in the Paris area
or in south-western France, we would very much welcome that. I don't think
that there will be time for any kind of official conference, but I do
hope to meet up with friendly REBOLers and Amigans alike. Contact us
at REBOL feedback and Cindy will work out the details.

PS: If someone can translate the above to French, I will post it here. Also, if you have a photo I can use of France (Paris or countryside) I would like to use it on the REBOL.net home page. Thanks!
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0276.html

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10:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Wed, 24 May 2006 15:54:45
REBOL Roads to France
For a few weeks near the end of June, we will be roaming around
France. For the first few days, we will be touring around the Paris
area, sightseeing. Then, we will be getting lost in the countryside of
south-west France in some quiet place within the Aquitaine
Region
(in English, sort of) between Toulouse and Bordeaux (close to Agen
and Moissac,
along the Garonne River).

For some of the trip, we will be travelling with our ballet troupe (Mendocino Ballet), but
there will be times when I hope to escape for lunch, wine, beer, or tour
with any REBOLers or Amigans that happen to be around these areas. I can
also drive a couple hours in any direction to meet up, should the timing
work out. I realize that our location is far from the busy city life, so
if schedule or distance is a problem... well then... I think I will
enjoy relaxing with the fine French food, wine, countryside... and write
even more creative and inspiring code working on REBOL 3.0.

If you think there is any chance of getting together in the Paris area
or in south-western France, we would very much welcome that. I don't think
that there will be time for any kind of official conference, but I do
hope to meet up with friendly REBOLers and Amigans alike. Contact us
at REBOL feedback and Cindy will work out the details.

PS: If someone can translate the above to French, I will post it here. Also, if you have a photo I can use of France (Paris or countryside) I would like to use it on the REBOL.net home page. Thanks!
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0276.html

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06:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Wed, 24 May 2006 15:54:45
REBOL Roads in France
For a few weeks near the end of June, we will be roaming around
France. For the first few days, we will be touring around the Paris
area, sightseeing. Then, we will be getting lost in the countryside of
south-west France in some quiet place within the Aquitaine
Region
(in English, sort of) between Toulouse and Bordeaux (close to Agen
and Moissac,
along the Garonne River).

For some of the trip, we will be travelling with our ballet troupe (Mendocino Ballet), but
there will be times when I hope to escape for lunch, wine, beer, or tour
with any REBOLers or Amigans that happen to be around these areas. I can
also drive a couple hours in any direction to meet up, should the timing
work out. I realize that our location is far from the busy city life, so
if schedule or distance is a problem... well then... I think I will
enjoy relaxing with the fine French food, wine, countryside... and write
even more creative and inspiring code working on REBOL 3.0.

If you think there is any chance of getting together in the Paris area
or in south-western France, we would very much welcome that. I don't think
that there will be time for any kind of official conference, but I do
hope to meet up with friendly REBOLers and Amigans alike. Contact us
at REBOL feedback and Cindy will work out the details.

PS: If someone can translate the above to French, I will post it here. Also, if you have a photo I can use of France (Paris or countryside) I would like to use it on the REBOL.net home page. Thanks!
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0276.html

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May 22nd, 2006
02:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Mon, 22 May 2006 14:17:03
Note: REBOL.com Feedback Outage
If you posted a feedback message (not a comment) or email to REBOL.com, to me directly, or to my blog since 17-May-2006, we probably did not receive it. Sorry! Please send it to us again.

What happened? It turns out that the file space quota system used by our web service provider simply ignores a file write when the quota has been reached. As a result, it appeared that email and CGI services were working fine (at the program level), but they were not.

To avoid this problem in the future: We've enhanced a few of our scripts to verify that file writes actually happen and to tell us (and you) if a failure occurred. At least that way we'll both know that there was a problem.

Again, sorry about that!
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0275.html

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May 16th, 2006
05:53 pm
[stillcarl]

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"The REBOL Week"
Just a note to mention The REBOL Week", a blog which aims to provide a weekly summary of REBOL news. Started by four long-time REBOL users.

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May 14th, 2006
09:25 pm
[stillcarl]

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Bigger in Poland than the US?
According to Google search trends, REBOL possibly is - with France its top country.

It's a very interesting list of top-10 countries...

1. France
2. Taiwan
3. Switzerland
4. Sweden
5. Belgium
6. Austria
7. Denmark
8. India
9. Canada
10. Poland

with only Canada being anything like an English-speaking country - though maybe it's the French speakers who're into REBOL there...

(I decided to compare it with RubyonRails for want of thinking of any better language. Any suggestions?)

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May 8th, 2006
08:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Thu, 4 May 2006 12:44:33
REBOL Bloat Busting
I've received a few feedbacks from people who are worried about REBOL 3.0 becoming bloated. Comments like:

I like the fact that REBOL/Core is only 220K and does not require
special libraries or installation. Please do not change that.

And, this one is even more blunt:

I have a concern that REBOL 3.0 will try to become more "like
the others" -- garbage like Python, Ruby, et. al, designed to
pander to the Corporate CIO brainless.

To this I say: Do not worry!

REBOL is all about being powerful but lightweight, and we're going to keep it that way. That's the REBOL way.

So far, even with several new datatypes and features, REBOL 3.0 is actually smaller and faster than prior versions. I cannot promise 3.0 will remain smaller (there's still more to do) but my point is... we're going to keep REBOL being REBOL: lean and mean.

I think part of the problem may have been the term programming in the large that I used in the REBOL 3.0 Roadmap. This term has a special meaning that could be misleading.

Programing in the large does not mean that the REBOL system or its programs must be large. You can still write a 10K program that does amazing things. The term actually means that if you do write large programs, you will have better internal mechanisms to manage them. For example, modules (namespaces) allow you to write sections of code without worrying about global words colliding with other parts of your code. Tasks allow you to easily create asynchronous sections of code.
Object attributes let you control how object fields are accessed and let you attach documentation to your objects (similar to functions).

So, let's keep REBOLing. Bloat is dead. Leaner is smarter.

\note Personal note:

I think most software and systems are insanely out of control. As a result, not only do they crash (e.g. my satellite TV receiver crashes almost daily), but they do not improve and adapt to user demands quickly. I think the world is doomed if that bigger-is-better approach continues to dominate modern software designs.

I cannot wait for the day when REBOL 3.0 lets us get our little reblets running not only on the desktop (all of them), but the same code runs on the set-top (TV) and the cell-phone!

"I want a REBOL-programmable cell-phone, and I want it now!"

/note
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0274.html

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May 4th, 2006
01:30 pm
[carlsblogalert]

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Carl's Blog Alert
Thu, 4 May 2006 12:44:33
REBOL Bloat Busting
I've received a few feedbacks from people who are worried about REBOL 3.0 becoming bloated. Comments like:

I like the fact that REBOL/Core is only 220K and does not require
special libraries or installation. Please do not change that.

And, this one is even more blunt:

I have a concern that REBOL 3.0 will try to become more "like
the others" -- garbage like Python, Ruby, et. al, designed to
pander to the Corporate CIO brainless.

To this I say: Do not worry!

REBOL is all about being powerful but lightweight, and we're going to keep it that way. That's the REBOL way.

So far, even with several new datatypes and features, REBOL 3.0 is actually smaller and faster than prior versions. I cannot promise 3.0 will remain smaller (there's still more to do) but my point is... we're going to keep REBOL being REBOL: lean and mean.

I think part of the problem may have been the term programming in the large that I used in the REBOL 3.0 Roadmap. This term has a special meaning that could be misleading.

Programing in the large does not mean that the REBOL system or its programs must be large. You can still write a 10K program that does amazing things. The term actually means that if you do write large programs, you will have better internal mechanisms to manage them. For example, modules (namespaces) allow you to write sections of code without worrying about global words colliding with other parts of your code. Tasks allow you to easily create asynchronous sections of code.
Object attributes let you control how object fields are accessed and let you attach documentation to your objects (similar to functions).

So, let's keep REBOLing. Bloat is dead. Leaner is smarter.

\note Personal note:

I think most software and systems are insanely out of control. As a result, not only do they crash (e.g. my satellite TV receiver crashes almost daily), but they do not improve and adapt to user demands quickly. I think the world is doomed if that bigger-is-better approach continues to dominate modern software designs.

I cannot wait for the day when REBOL 3.0 let's us get our little reblets running not only on the desktop (all of them), but the same code runs on the set-top (TV) and the cell-phone!

"I want a REBOL-programmable cell-phone, and I want it now!"

/note
More here: http://www.rebol.net/article/0274.html

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