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The Modern Web Is A Quagmire, So I Embraced NoScript 2019/8/21 5:38 PM
If you are a regular visitor, you know that I normally I update my site with new content on a monthly basis. However the events of the last 24 hours have compelled me to break with tradition and reach out to the wider world as soon as possible. I already
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The Cloud, The Indoctrinated and Their Shared Folly 2019/8/15 10:20 PM
Over the past few years, I've spent a lot of time speaking to the dangers of our current blind obsession with the cloud and all it has to offer. Professionally I've experienced life on both sides of the fence: I've seen this problem from the perspective
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My Modern Gaming Escape Plan 2019/7/16 11:57 PM
Most who know me have at some time or another heard me profess my love for Retro and Indie gaming. At the heart of this love however is a growing and increasingly cancerous disdain for modern gaming that I have finally decided to no longer ignore. Now I
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Why I Push Back 2019/6/20 11:17 PM
A number of people I know have asked me why I feel so strongly about particular tech issues that I feel compelled to take action. A number of those people have also informed me that my practice of maintaining a ban list of companies and products that I r
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Google Finally Reveals Its Endgame with Chrome 2019/5/31 12:34 PM
Earlier this year in January, Google publicly toyed with making some changes to its Extension WebRequest API that would effectively kill off reputable ad-blockers. This announcement was met with much sound and fury and Google appeared to fold after a few
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How Proprietary Tech Was Used to Summarily Execute Huawei 2019/5/21 12:36 PM
So for this month's blog post, I've decided to tackle a bit of tech drama that has been brewing for awhile. In case you didn't know, the Chinese telecom/tech company Huawei has been repeatedly accused by the US government of spying on their customers at
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Reality vs Idealism Equals Burnout 2019/4/10 6:20 PM
In today's irregularly scheduled pontification, I'm going to be addressing a subject that I have been personally struggling with for the majority of my career. When it comes to expectations in software development, I have recently realized that holding o
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Privacy is Dead and Nobody Cares 2019/3/19 10:41 PM
Over the last few years I have chronicled my struggle to maintain my privacy while maintaining an effective online presence. If you are an avid reader, you know that I believe that I am fighting a losing battle. Today marks the beginning of a new chapte
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Grappling with Anti-Intellectualism and Tribalism, a Deadly Cocktail 2019/2/21 10:28 PM
One of the more disturbing trends I have been forced to grapple with over the course of my life is the trend of anti-intellectualism. Over the last few decades being characterized as intelligent or an intellectual has fallen out of vogue. This trend has
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Alex Jones, Patreon and the Technocrats of Silicon Valley 2018/12/24 1:46 AM
In an effort to be stunningly clear, I'm going to iterate my three major points up front. I want to ensure that the signal does not get lost within the noise. First off, I despise Alex Jones and virtually every single opinion the man has. Secondly, fre
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Titles, Bureaucracy and Devaluing Everything that Matters 2018/12/6 7:40 PM
Recently a few colleagues whom I used to work with, all of which work for the same company, began complaining and/or commenting on a new initiative they were grappling with. Prior to this point, most of the Software Engineers in the company had the job t
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Windows is a Legacy Operating System 2018/10/21 3:12 PM
People who know me and talk with me, know I've been making this claim for years. That means that this post has been years in the making. That is true both in terms of the argument I'm about to make and in the actions Microsoft has taken to create the si
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Small Servers, Shitty RAID, Twitch and Caves of Qud 2018/10/6 1:30 PM
This post is really going to be just a random collection of random updates and thoughts. If you are looking for an overarching theme, I'm sorry to disappoint but there isn't one. Nevertheless, this might be worth reading anyway. Your call. So yesterday
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Proprietary Software is a Plague 2018/9/1 8:07 PM
So as I'm sure my readers have noticed, the rate at which I've been producing content here has slowed. The reason for that is simple: I don't have as much to say as of late. However I have been saving up yet another classic rant and today I'm ready to u
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Android Fraking Sucks 2018/8/11 2:25 PM
So I've taken a bit of a break from writing over the last few weeks. Honestly while I kind of needed one, the reality is that I also didn't really have anything interesting to say. Nevertheless, I'm back and I've decided that I'd like to spend a few min
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The Rubber Hits the Road: Principles versus Pragmatism 2018/7/21 1:16 PM
Late last year I reiterated some principles which I intended to keep in mind for the year of 2018. More than six months into the year, I thought it would be good to publicly reflect on how all of that has been going. If you'll recall, there were three p
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Sadism, Masochism and HD Antennas 2018/7/15 11:43 AM
Way back when in 2012, I did what is commonly referred to now as "cutting the cord". It was a bold move as all I had was a Roku device, a Tivo DVR and an HD antenna. If it had been solely up to me I probably wouldn't have bothered with the Tiv
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Why Bad Tech Doesn't Just Die Already 2018/7/7 6:01 PM
This week I'm going to delve into a question which occasionally rears its ugly head even for me: Why doesn't bad tech ever seem to go away? It is worth noting up front that while this includes computer based tech, it covers all kinds of tech. For exampl
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Avoiding the Mines in a Field of Tech Fads 2018/6/29 1:54 PM
Chances are that if you've worked in tech long enough, you can probably rattle off a list of tech fads you were forced to suffer through. But you know what my secret is? I have yet to fall for the siren song of any tech fad. But rather than just laughi
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Development Teams: Help or Hindrance? 2018/6/22 4:05 PM
This week I've decided to tackle a topic which has been in the back burner of my mind for awhile: Whether or not development teams are a help or a hindrance. Why now? I was asked some questions which revolved around this as part of a job interview I had
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Autocratic Internet: The Tyranny of Google reCAPTCHA 2018/6/16 2:20 PM
So over the last year, something on the Internet has been really pissing me off. That thing is Google reCAPTCHA. This thing has been driving me bonkers for over a year and I'm pretty much at the end of my rope. So let's start with a bit of background.
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Microsoft buys Github: Whhhhhattt? 2018/6/8 5:20 PM
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably have already heard the big tech news of the week: Microsoft is buying GitHub for 7.5 billion dollars. Wow. That's a lot of pennies. Rumors of this began swirling on the Internet last weekend and the
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Dumb Homes For the Win 2018/6/2 4:01 PM
This morning a young man knocked on my door with the goal of selling me on a Vivint Smart Home System. Needless to say that if you know me at all, you know I put the kibosh on that in a hurry. My opposition to this idea springs from more than my fear of
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Shattering "Old Code" Rose Colored Glasses 2018/5/24 10:36 PM
Over the course of my career, while my standards may have changed, I have always prided myself on the idea that the code I wrote was "solid" when judged by the standards of the day. Due to a recent job change, I found myself with yet another op
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My Ode to Rogue-Likes 2018/5/16 1:19 AM
Everybody knows that I love to play RPGs (Role Playing Games). In fact I love them so much that over the last few years I mostly stopped playing games from every other genre. Despite that, my love for RPGs has begun to wane a bit in recent years. While
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