Tech Tock

Time is of the essence.


image Tweat.It

A side project by a UX team member launched a couple weeks ago called  It’s by far the easiest way to find a mobile food vendor near you, which can come in especially handy for those folks who are in different parts of the city from time to time…  or all the time.  I just love that truck.

Enjoy and happy eating!

Hiring Hiring Hiring

Java anyone?  Apply here.  WPF, Silverlight, C#, Flex, C++, that’s good too.

githubGit It from Linus

With an esteemed colleague constantly lauding GitHub and the release of GitHub Subversion support, I did a little research and found this interesting article and presentation by Linus Torvalds.  Linus starts out ragging on CVS (tarballs are better) and Subversion and it just gets better from there:  “By definition anyone who disagrees [with Linus] is stupid and ugly” got a good laugh from the crowd.  I can only imagine the curses he’s reserved for Visual SourceSafe.

Connection Overload

Add Facebook to the list of social networks where you can find Lab49.

Quote of the Week

“you might try this book that my uncle co-wrote”

Apple Vs. Microsoft Redux

I was somewhat skeptical of Apple being worth more than Microsoft, but after seeing these charts (floating on the Lab49 conversationsphere), I’m on the fence.  Apple is definitely on a growth tear while MS has a “disturbing slowdown”.  Growth can’t continue forever, but it seems a case can be made that Apple’s income can exceed Microsoft’s in a few years.  They’re probably both overvalued IMHO.



Expression Studio 4 Launched

Available on MSDN.


June 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

@Lab This Month

There was plenty going on at lab in the last few weeks, but hey, I’ve been busy too, so December gets a monthly installment.

Die Region Die

Very few of us like Visual Studio Regions.  A dozen spoke up within minutes when the topic came up.

This VS Macro was recommended to help control regions.

If you have any love for regions you’ll want this automagic regionator.

Using regions to organize by functionality instead of type of members or access modifiers got some support.  Also, using regions to hide boilerplate code like copyrights and imports sections could be acceptable to some.

WPF In Your Inbox

<MultiBinding StringFormat=”Date: {0:MM/dd/yyyy}, Percent: {1:P}”>
<Binding Path=”BeginDate” />
<Binding Path=”Percent” />



This code was shared without comment a couple weeks ago and looking again now, I could have used it several times lately instead of the ugliness I committed.


Again charting came up and ChartFX was recommended for its rich features and stability.

TeamCity 5.0 adds Amazon EC2 cloud integration, boosts scalability and further enhances user experience.  Sounds good to me.

A Cloud Computing in Finance focus group is starting @Lab – I can’t wait till they hold a seminar.

Folks are trying out Google Wave.

Your abomination is my clever hack

This is getting a lot of discussion, but I haven’t had enough time so I’ve been willfully ignoring it, but constantly feel drawn to review it nonetheless – maybe over vacation. I’ll read up on it.

Hiring Continues @Lab

You may have noticed that financial companies are hiring.  On the one hand, I think they’re hiring like crazy and I’ve gotten a few recruiter emails each week lately – on the other, you can never tell with these recruiters.  I know people at companies that are hiring and companies that are still laying off.  Some companies are doing both at once.  Lab49 is Hiring, so if you’re a senior engineer just send your resume to and tell them your read it here – hey couldn’t hurt, might help.

December Madness

December has been a bit too busy for me so I missed the UX Group Seminar and the .Net Meetup.  😦

Happy New Year

Can’t wait for the new year, when all us Lab Newbies will be taking 8 weeks of Finance 101. New projects are coming. And lots of new tech.

See you next year @Lab.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

@Lab this Week 11/20

Doug Finke was supposed to be podcasting from Microsoft PDC, this was what we heard.

Lots of discussion about ORM and Entity Framework vs. nHibernate with this conclusion.

Folks are happy that MS has open sourced  the “.NET Micro Framework”.  I met the announcement with “What the *!?*&^%# is the .Net Micro Framework”.  Read the link and you’ll find out.

.Net Meetup – I went and really enjoyed it.

NYFLEX Meetup.

There was a bit of interest in this story of Madoff’s programmers being arrested.  The consensus is that programming for financial companies is rarely illegal, so don’t worry friends.

As always, the biggest buzz in my section of the office is hiring.  As usual, we’re looking for UX, C#/.Net, WPF, Silverlight & Flex, and Java.  I heard talk of OLAP too. Some standard position info is here.  You can email if you’re interested and you qualify.  The bar is pretty high, but they let me in so you might get lucky too.

Friday came pretty quickly and just when I was thinking it seemed a little subdued this week and was wondering when the next Friday Seminar will be, surprise pizza showed up and made my day (thanks James).  The whole office (not too many in attendance this Friday) ate happily, though perceptions of quality did vary.

Probably will be pretty slow again next week with the holiday.

Heard @Lab

One guy is hard core because he uses the command line in SVN (don’t laugh, he fixed my project in 2 minutes).  Another guy blows him away, he uses Chrome and doesn’t even use bookmarks.


World Bank data now indexed by Google

The World Bank also released an API earlier this year.

Forgot to mention LispNYC last week.  I’m going to try to attend these in future.

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment