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Due to popular demand, the book is now available as a single, giant HTML page suitable for downloading, printing, and reading in the park.
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I got a new laptop computer. It's an IBM Thinkpad X20. Truly a great, tiny laptop computer with a real keyboard and a real screen. (Dave, these are much better than Vaios, and more reliable, too.)
Most of the day, I keep it plugged into a docking station so that I can use a full size monitor. Fog Creek is all about flat screens; we all use Samsung 770TFT monitors. These monitors are the best monitors you've ever seen, everybody that has them sings hosannas all day long. So far I've bought 4 of them. They are truly amazing. The screen is 17", about the same size as a 19" CRT. It's the only flat screen that runs at 1280x1024 that you can afford ($1300 most places).
I can't help it, voting makes me extremely happy and proud in a deep way. Standing in line with a bunch of fellow citizens doing our civic duty almost makes me tear up. Democracy is something we take for granted, but... think of it from a historical point of view. They let me -- a Jew -- vote! For 2000 years that was unheard of. I can vote for fat old Representative Jerry Nadler, a wonderful man who marches proudly in every NYC gay pride parade, sweating like a pig, even though he looks like he's about to keel over. I love him. I have sent Jerry something like 3 dozen letters over the years, and in every single case, his political position was totally in sync with mine. "Save the whales, Jerry," I would write, and he would respond, "yes, in fact I sponsored that bill." "Protect free speech," I would write, and he would respond, "indeed I wrote the very bill you're talking about." I'm proud to be able to vote for Jerry Nadler and ecstatic that I have that right.
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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, easy web-based collaboration software, FogBugz, an enlightened bug tracking and software development tool, and Kiln, a distributed source control system that will blow your socks off. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.