The hello world hackathon project

This past week, the co-op students at A Thinking Ape participated in an internal hackathon where they had two days to develop something to show the rest of the company. Among the games and tools that resulted, one project stood out to me: a hello world app.  Yes, a hello world app. (For those not in the software development field, “hello world” is usually the first output that developers code when trying out a new platform or language.) It had a white background, black text that said “Hello World,” and a green button that was labeled, “I am a button.”  It Continue Reading

How often do you see “Yay!” on packaging? (and a look at my workplace)

On Thursday, I found this on my desk after lunch. Excited, I was!  Yay!  My first professional business cards! There they are! 3 different coloured cards.  Green, blue and black.  I probably should have picked some more vibrant colours… In case you were wondering what was in the “Yay!” package, it is a card holder.  To tell you the truth, I opened that one first because “Yay!” just sounded so exciting. And here’s a glimpse of what it’s like at work:

IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet

“IE Desktop Online Web Browser Live Professional Ultimate Edition for the Internet” Sounds like something Microsoft would name the next version of Internet Explorer?  Well it was part of the list of possible names that Microsoft could have named IE8, but fortunately the team at Microsoft sided with sanity and chose simply “IE8.” I guess it does pay off to read the default RSS feeds that come with Outlook 2007.  It gave me a bit of amusement while studying for my exams which commence in… two days.