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Open letter from an auto theft investigator
In this open letter from an auto theft investigator from Charlotte Meck, Police he explains some of the implications of auto theft. He states that most of the time, the crime is committed by inexperienced juveniles. Auto theft is often a “stepping stone” to other crimes. Successfully stealing a car emboldens delinquents to other crimes. Having a car stolen is not something that anyone would look forward to. As the open letter points out, even if you get your car back, it may not be the ......

Posted On Sunday, August 14, 2005 7:52 AM

Thinking about the UI
I have always been much more worried about how the software that I write works. Stability, accuracy, scalability, etc were always much more important to me than the choice of font, color, filters on the images, etc. Recently I have had several people tell me that it doesn't matter how well a piece of software works. If it doesn't look sharp, it will loose some credibility. Let's face it, most people don't get to see the most impressive aspects of the software we write. Having thought about it more, ......

Posted On Saturday, August 13, 2005 4:07 PM

Auto theft update
Here is a few things that I have learned. Evidently in NC, insurance companies figure out how to settle claims for stolen cars by taking the average listing price for comparable cars. Depending on how well your car retains its value, this could work out well or you could potentially owing money. This is at least the way my insurance is set up. Depending on your policy, you may get something different. I am trying to look on the bright side and view this as an opportunity to research the hybrid cars. ......

Posted On Saturday, August 13, 2005 3:51 PM

Auto theft
I woke up this morning to discover that my car was missing. My initial reaction was “Did I make last month's payment” Unfortunately I did. Someone stole my car from own driveway. I spent most of today on the phone with the police, with the insurance company, with the finance company (just in case). I also spent some time at the bank closing out my accounts and on the phone with the credit bureaus doing a little preventative fraud reporting. Many of us keep stuff in our cars that you don't ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:43 PM

Making the case for style sheet positioning
Purists will argue about a strict separation of format/ presentation from content, but if you are not a “purist” why should you care? Several reasons, Much more dynamic layout. Witness the skins on any blog server. With tables to control layout, imagine the changes required to move navigation from the left of the page to the right of the page. Using style sheets, you simply have to change one attribute of one style class. As a more extreme case, consider having to change a form with labels ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2005 7:39 PM

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