The Right Stuff

Posted by steve | General Commentary | Thursday 26 August 2010 7:51 pm

Someone wiser than me once said “People decide how you must feel about something by what you do, not what you say.”

This evening I was reflecting over a workshop I once participated in on work-place behaviors. It was one of those workshops where you wondered why someone actually has to tell you some of this stuff. As is often the case, personal behaviors and styles are the key in any relationship — personal ones and work-place ones. So we included personal topics.

We were asked the question “How does your husband or wife know you love them?”

The usual responses where people talked about remembering flowers on a birthday or chocolates on some other occasion were mentioned. I never much cared for these typical answers.

I raised my hand and said, “I make sure there’s fresh fruit in the refrigerator.”

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Google Buys Instantiations

Posted by steve | Smalltalk | Wednesday 4 August 2010 10:01 pm

Just read this evening that Google purchased Instantiations. Here is the Instantiations web site with an official report.

http://www.instantiations.com/

Wow. Of course I know the Instantiations folks really well, having worked with many of them for years and I congratulate them. I’m guessing that Google was mostly interested in their Java tools, but I have to wonder if they appreciate the Visual Age Smalltalk product that Instantiations also produces. That’s some formidable team and product line they purchased and I wish Eric and the rest great success going forward.

UPDATE: I have part of this wrong. Google purchased the Java tools. Instantiations will remain as a Smalltalk only company.

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