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AstyCrapper strikes again!

December 9th, 2010
Today I got a call from a telemarketer that wanted to sell me business consulting.  Of course, I just had to say "Oh yeah, hold on... let me transfer you to the person who handles that." Little did she know that I have delegated the Old Coot (Jordan) to take care of that business.  The rest is history ;-)

This one is probably the best one so far... the astycrapper kept her for nearly 4 minutes!

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Episode 27 – Hudson, Oracle, Raible and AstyCrapper

December 6th, 2010
There is a bit of a kerfuffle going on between the Hudson Continuous Integration project and our friends at Oracle over a change in licensing and the trademarking of the name: HudsonCI. It has gotten to the point where there is talk of forking the project and continuing on without Oracle.

Creator of Hudson, Kohsuke Kawagochi is a former Sun/Oracle employee turned entrepreneur who has built a business offering support and services for Hudson. Kohsuke is brilliant (and not only because he uses the same WordPress them as us, props to iNove), his role at Sun/Oracle was in the JAXB department which takes a certain type of person to be able to function (re: smart).

It appears talks between Oracle and the Hudson committers are underway, which is good because the last thing Oracle needs at this point is more uncertainty in the community.

Also we ask ourselves what exactly can be made of this web-framework matrix which seems to have appeared from the ether at Devoxx 2010 from Matt Raible We voice our, how do you say... <strong/> opinions on the matter :)

And lastly Jeff Genender introduces us to, and demonstrates, a special piece of software which could cost the telemarketing inudstry millions ;)

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Episode 26 – Modern Day Mainframes: Interview with Craig Mullins

December 1st, 2010
Ever since we did Episode 7 -Why are Mainframes Still Around? we were left with the realization that really all the podcast involved was a bunch of non-mainframe programmers making speculations about why the dinosaurs didn't become extinct in our world?

Granted, I did a bit due dillegence prior to Episode 7 via StackOverflow to get others opinions on the matter but still, my journalistic spidey senses tingled at the fact Episode 7 was a one-sided debate for the most part.

To remedy this, a friend put us in touch with Mainframe Consultant and Author: Craig Mullins. It was an eye opener of a podcast, Mainframes truly haven't lost their "super computer" moniker even in today's advances with cloud computing.

Around the time I was arranging this interview I thought to get in touch with a previous colleague named Glen Sepke. We went to grab a beer and I told him my aforementioned feeling about Episode 7. He agreed it was too one-sided. So I offered to have him on the podcast so it wasn't just us against Craig Mullins :)

So Why Do Mainframes Still Exist? As "modern developers" we really need to ask these types of questions and get credible answers. Otherwise, people tend to alienate that which they don't know. It's why developers (and, yes, I was in this camp), snicker at the term "COBOL" and "Mainframe". Its because we truly don't understand them, and thus a lot of FUD is created. Mainframes are perhaps becoming even more relevant now that they can run Java and talk to the outside world via Web Services.

So give this episode a listen and open your mind to allowing Mainframes their rightful place in today's modern computing arena.

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