Nerdettes are the source of beautiful code?

Emma McGrattan, the senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres–and one of Silicon Valley’s highest-ranking female programmers–insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They’ll intersperse their code–those strings of instructions that result in nifty applications and programs–with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it.
The code becomes a type of “roadmap” for others who might want to alter it or add to it later...

Did she just say I code like a girl? My pursuit of writing maintainable code is really an exploration of my feminine side? That is quite the flamebait Mrs. McGratten treated the nerdiverse on. :)

Her goal is noble, but I think Agile is wasted on Ingress:

In an effort to make Ingres’s computer code more user-friendly and gender-neutral, McGrattan helped institute new coding standards at the company. They require programmers to include a detailed set of comments before each block of code explaining what the piece of code does and why; developers also must supply a detailed history of any changes they have made to the code. The rules apply to both Ingres employees and members of the open-source community who contribute code to Ingres’s products.

My question to you: Do you get anything done? Or is 90% of time spent on adding code-pretties?

Realtek HD Audio - upgrading from to

The Software & Driver download page for my HP Pavilion a1750e had an updated audio driver on it, but I assumed Windows Update also had the latest Realtek HD Audio drivers for Vista. Since I religiously keep up to date with Windows Update I assumed I was running with the latest drivers. Alas, I was wrong mistaken!

What is going on here? Why do I have to pick those drivers up from HP? It looks like Microsoft would have to keep a lot of vendor specific updates available, considering this disclaimer found on the Realtek drivers download entry page.

Audio drivers available for download from the Realtek website are general drivers for our audio ICs, and may not offer the customizations made by your system/motherboard manufacturer. To be sure you obtain the full features/customizations provided in your original audio product, please download the latest drivers from your system/motherboard manufacturer's website.

Yuck! This is lawyer speak for "we don't do drivers, we're in the hardware business". Ergo, you want drivers? Go talk to your hardware vendor. And so I did. Current installed version; Time to put the upgrade to version to the test. (Release date: 2008-03-01, Description: Realtek High Definition Audio driver update resolves excessive noise issue with HDMI audio.)

Strangely enough HP software updates still do not seem to be able to use a wizard style for their update dialog, so after running sp37324.exe I am presented with the plea to press YES! ClickYes

Ick! Ok, then. I wonder what the difference is between "No" and "Cancel". :)

Next up, a little progress dialog...


Eeeep! No progress shown here, just the moving piece of green that shows it is busy. And after a bit the update is done; Time to click YES again, or No, or Cancel!


I chose to be nice, and click YES, the system restarted, and I still had sound. Yay! Unfortunately all my audio configuration settings were wiped out again, so I had to set front and back channels to be split again, but that was the only heartache I got. And just to be sure I checked the version dialog:



My question to you, dear reader, is: Where do YOU pull your Realtek HD Audio driver updates from?

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