I finally figured out where Guinness got  their "Brilliant" Ad campaign. Its what they said to the accountant who told them how much they could boost their earnings by cutting the size of their cans from a Pint (16OZ) to 14.9 OZ. I think they did this about the time they introduced their new bottle version which is not even 12 OZ like other bottled beer but 11.2 OZ and is not as good tasting as the cans.

They forgot one thing though, the back of the can still tells you how to "Experience the Perfect Pint of Guinness"

I wonder if Allan Greenspan knows about this hidden inflation.

The problem with a "Brilliant" idea like that is you can't do it again next year and some of us fans of the Irish Stout will switch to Murphy's which is just as good, costs less, and comes in a Pint!

Of course it was a fun weekend researching this important economic indicator!

People interested in mono generally come from one of 2 camps, either they are .NET developers looking to port their skills and their applications to linux/unix/Mac OSX or they are experienced linux users who would like to take advantage of the rapid application development abilities inherent in .NET and now available on linux via mono. I would say this new book from Apress is great for those coming from the linux camp who need an introduction both to .NET and the  mono implementation of .NET.

While experienced .NET folks will find some good nuggets in this book, especially Chapter 7 which introduces GUI development using Gtk+ and Glade, the bulk of the book would be review unless you are a beginner in .NET.

But that is the beauty of mono for .NET developers, if you know .NET you already know 90% of what you need to know to develop cross platform applications targeting both mono and .NET. The other things you need to learn are really just learning linux and some mono specific extensions of .NET that you may wish to take advantage of. I think it is well worth it to learn that other 10% and get your feet wet in the world of linux and open source.

I suppose there is also a third camp of folks out there who are neither experienced in linux nor .NET but are interested in learning both simultaneously. This is also a great overview for people of that ilk.