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Lenovo X1 Carbon: My New Ultrabook 2015/3/12 3:18 PM
So as some of you know, I tend to get a new laptop every 12 to 18 months. Over the years my preferences for laptops have changed drastically however and this has been reflected by my latest purchase, a third generation Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook. Long g
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Accountability: The Missing Ingredient 2014/12/4 4:46 PM
Over the last few weeks, the public has been subjected to an array of Grand Juries deciding not to indict cops accused of homicide. Keep in mind that we aren't talking about the verdicts of trials here. We are talking about indictments. An indictment i
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The Anatomy of an Epic Fail 2014/10/22 3:02 PM
I just finished reading an article detailing an idea for modernizing the US Postal System and I have some thoughts that I'd like to share. Before I begin, I'd like to take a moment to explain why the following critique is so important to me. The long an
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JPL Coding, Independence and Ethics Redux 2014/9/29 8:59 PM
As any of my readers know, ethics is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart when it comes to software development. When you run your own shop, there comes a time when your ethics are going to be tested. I thought I understood what that test woul
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The Dilemma of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 2014/8/22 3:03 AM
So if you haven't been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that over the last few weeks the internet has been awash with people jumping on the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" train . Over the same period of time, I've made a number of comme
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Presentation Engine 4.1 Beta 2014/6/23 11:33 PM
Well it's that time again my friends. A new version of Presentation Engine is imminent. The major changes are as follows: [1] After a ten year hiatus, a forums area has been added to the Presentation Engine. It's relatively basic right now but I plan o
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Why I believe in Net Neutrality 2014/5/15 4:29 PM
Let's face the facts, most of the people coming to this site either already support Net Neutrality or they have no idea what that term means and are now supremely annoyed that accessing my resume is such a pain in the ass. I apologize to the first group
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Archaeology and Computing 2014/2/4 8:02 PM
Those of you who know me reasonably well, know that I enjoy tinkering with old software. As a developer I've always been fascinated with the evolution of software throughout the years. As a result I tend to collect old pieces of software. However 95% o
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JPL Coding, Independence and Ethics 2013/12/13 5:50 PM
So as some of you undoubtedly know, last January I decided to start working for myself. Fast forward to today and I am closing in on the end of my first year as an independent software developer. It has been quite a ride. This past year has been most e
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The Feds + Health Insurance + CGI Federal + Experian == A Fucking Nightmare 2013/10/10 4:40 PM
So as most of you know, the health insurance exchanges for ACA (Affordable Care Act) went live on October 1st, 2013. Well at least in theory they did. When it comes to the exchanges states had two choices: Either implement their own exchange so that re
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Benefitfocus has gone public! 2013/9/18 8:56 PM
Well this has certainly been a long time coming. It seems that Benefitfocus has finally gone public and the share price is skyrocketing . To my friends still there, I would like to say congratulations. Though I'm not sure why. Unless you are getting s
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The Case for Disbanding the NSA 2013/9/7 2:55 AM
Within the last 24 hours, we have learned that NSA has successfully circumvented the most popular forms of encryption in use on the Internet today. This revelation not only undermines the career of people like myself, who essentially work exclusively with
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New Theme 2013/8/1 9:45 PM
Because making the existing theme responsive just wasn't enough - I've finally decided to give this site the visual overhaul that it has been begging me for. This is of course long overdue as the existing theme has existed in one form or another for at l
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Responsive Design 2013/7/30 11:56 PM
In the spirit of keeping this site as cutting edge as possible - I've been toying with a responsive theme for the last month. While I have uploaded some tiny tweaks here and there over the last month as I played with various concepts - today I've gone ah
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Benefitfocus, IPOs and Offshoring 2013/4/1 3:28 PM
As anybody who has read my resume knows, I used to work at a company called Benefitfocus. At some point I decided to move on. Now if you spend some time looking at Benefitfocus' website you will probably come away quizzically as according to the culture
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PEngine4 MVC has now been released! 2012/12/19 2:37 AM
After several days of testing, bug fixing, more testing and some release preparation, the release of Presentation Engine 4.0 has become a reality! The project page for it has been updated appropriately so if you are interested, click on through and grab
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PEngine4 MVC is now running this site! 2012/12/14 9:58 PM
So it appears that development is moving along at a far faster pace than I expected. With the exception of the Uploader admin feature, PEngine4 MVC is largely complete. In order to test the codebase, I have now moved my website to it in an effort to wor
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PEngine4 MVC coming soon! 2012/12/13 4:32 PM
While it might appear that the engine driving this site (aka PEngine) has been allowed to atrophy and die over the last few years, nothing could be further from the case. I've spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks slinging code for the upcom
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My Windows 8 Review 2012/10/31 2:39 PM
Well for what it's worth here is my own personal Windows 8 experience. I finally took the time to install Windows 8 on my System76 panp9 (Core I7, HD4000, Ivy Bridge) laptop. I have an MS Action Pack subscription so I've had access to the RTM bits for awh
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Code Monkey Manifesto 2012/7/19 3:51 PM
For those of you not familiar with my resume, let me sum it up for you: I've been designing, developing, deploying and supporting software for 13 years. I've seen my fair share of failures but on the flip side, I've also seen more than my fair share of
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Dear PBS Nightly News... 2011/6/2 4:20 AM
Subject: In regards to your "Computer Hacking" story To whom it does concern, To start I would like to say: I've been a fan of PBS for years and for the most part I appreciate the dedication and the impartiality of the PBS News Hour staff. In
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Local Boredom brought to you by me 2009/11/3 6:29 PM
So apparently there is an election where I live in Greer today. And I don't care. However when the father of one of the candidates came stumping through my neighborhood this weekend and handed me a brochure advertising his daughter's candidacy, I couldn
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My Birthday Commentary 2009/10/15 4:55 PM
So I watched the news this morning as Annette made me a birthday morning breakfast. Thank goodness I managed to go the entire hour without hearing about Swine Flu. If I had to pick one thing I've been hearing about lately that really ticks me off, it wo
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TiVO == Gestapo 2009/9/5 10:24 PM
Wow. So today I finally signed up with DirectTV and their HD DVR service. Little did I know that my biggest source of drama here would be with TiVo. Back in Jan of 2009, I had canceled TiVo after my original 2 year commitment was up and tried out the C
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Windows 7 is out 2009/7/26 5:05 PM
Well, the day has finally come. Or it came a few days ago. Well technically it came on July 13th, but wasn't announced until this Wednesday July 22nd. Windows 7 is done! And not only that, but the untouched RTM build straight from Microsoft is floating
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