Monthly Archives: October 2006

Bacteria That Can Clean Up Radioactive Uranium?

  • Indiana University: Researchers from Indiana University Bloomington and eight collaborating institutions report in this week’s Science a self-sustaining community of bacteria that live in rocks 2.8 kilometers below Earth’s surface. Think that’s weird? The bacteria rely on radioactive uranium to convert water molecules to useable energy.

I wonder if this could lead to a way to clean up some of the waste from nuclear reactors… in any case, life is really cool.

Google Giving Back to the Environment

  • Boing Boing: Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA will soon become America’s largest solar electric installation on a single corporate site, and one of the largest such projects in the world, according to solar power systems integrators EI Solutions.

I don’t know if this is cost-effective or not – but it is a great way for a corporation to give back to the environment. The article says the installation is enough to power 1,000 average Californian homes. I wonder how much power the Googleplex uses? Still a great step in the right direction.

Content Entry v1.0 Beta

The contracting company delivered the content entry system last week – I think it was finally working properly on Friday. We’ve gone through it and I think we have a version we can at least have the editors go through. There were a few consistency issues in the user interface (using return vs. cancel) and some of the functionality doesn’t give any type of response that it worked (did it publish or didn’t it?). But I think we’re on the right track – at least as far as what I think this company can provide us.

They are coding in ASP using Visual Studio – so not only is the coding not great, it’s old style code. They don’t use any type of separation between data objects and business objects – well there aren’t really objects at all. It’s not object oriented, it’s really just line-based code. So in that respect, I’m not very impressed. They also haven’t put in any of the AJAX that we asked for to make the user interface slick and really useful. Why? Because Microsoft hasn’t finishied their implementation into Studio and these guys don’t seem to be able to code anything by hand. Truly frustrating.

Next steps are to go over our list with them tomorrow and to see if we can schedule a run through with a few editors to see what they think. And no, contractors, you will not be sitting with the editors. Why? Because since you cannot even write proper specs, we’re not letting you talk to people who don’t understand coding or how something could work. If it doesn’t work the way it is supposed to now, they’re not going to visualize your grand plan.

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