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Archive for January 21st, 2015

A few nice G+ threads on Castalia and Usertility being acquired by Embarcadero, and Jacob Thurman staying active on them

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/21

Uwe Raabe was the first one to suggest that it might just be so that Castalia got acquired by Embarcadero. In the thread rumoured Usertility might as well been, or that Jacob Thurman might be responsible for IDE stability.

So today

These seem to be the hard facts:

  • Castalia and Usertility are now owned by Embarcadero
  • Jacob Thurman keeps involved but it is unclear if he is employed by Embarcadero


Posted in Castalia, Delphi, Delphi XE8, Development, Software Development | 3 Comments »

Great Unicode presentation by

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/21

Stefan Heymann did a great presentation Character Sets and Unicode in Firebird at fbcon11. About 90% of it is not about Firebird, but about Unicode: a highly recommended presentation.

There is also a PDF version of the same presentation for easier reading/searching.

If you like Firebird, there is a whole bunch of Firebird related presentations from various authors shared by MindTheBird.


Posted in Ansi, Database Development, Development, Encoding, Firebird, ISO-8859, ISO8859, Software Development, Unicode, UTF-8, UTF8 | Leave a Comment »

Wink – now that is a cool way to automate your home

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/01/21

While in the USA I usually go by Home Depot to get some inspiration.

This time my Eye fell on a lot of  Smart Home Products compatible with the Wink Hub: people in the USA have a lot more choice in that area than in The Netherlands.

So I did some more browsing and found this: Shop Amazon – 20% or More Off Select Wink Home Automation Bundles until January 31st 2015.

Some of that is even better than the ones listed at Wink – Featured Products – The Home Depot.

Too bad this 110V stuff doesn’t work in 220V land (:


via: Wink | Buy and View Smart Home Products.

Posted in LifeHacker, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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