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Low Standards in Software tend to go Viral 2018/2/27 1:27 AM
So here is something that has been on my mind as of late: The plague of shitty software. My goodness, there really is a lot of it floating around nowadays. That's not what I'm really concerned about though. What concerns me is that our ability to accep
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Code Mode: A True Developers Drug of Choice 2018/2/19 8:53 PM
This week I wanted to chat about a syndrome that I have experienced a few times over the years as both an amateur and a professional developer. What syndrome am I referring to? One of my favorites: The syndrome of "Code Mode". What is "Co
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The Bigger They are, the Harder They Fall 2018/2/13 1:21 AM
When it comes to the modern day world of software, one thing above all has become clear to me over the last 20 years: On a long enough time line, failure is virtually guaranteed. That being the case, how our software approaches, adjusts for and reconcile
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Ethical Quandary: Is it ever responsible to irresponsibly disclose? 2018/2/8 12:35 AM
Today's post is going to examine an ethical grey area that I currently find to be very relevant. Is it ever okay to ignore responsible disclosure standards for security related issues? Spoiler alert: I'm going to argue that there are cases in which ignor
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The Evolution of Tech: Roadkill 2018/1/30 12:58 AM
In a follow up to last weeks post, I've decided to examine some of the other side effects of increased technology accessibility. After spending some more time pondering my last post, I realized that the problem goes far beyond a loss of unrelated learnin
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The Evolution of Tech: Amnesiac Highway 2018/1/22 9:09 PM
Something insidious has been lapping away at the innards of my mind for quite awhile. To be honest I wasn't even consciously aware of it 48 hours ago. So why am I writing about it now? Yesterday at my nephew's 9th birthday party, somebody posited the t
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How Not To Start a Linux Jihad 2018/1/15 12:57 PM
Over the years I have had a handful of people ask me, "Should I switch to Linux?" My typical answer to that question is rarely simple and varies quite widely depending on the person asking the question. Lately I've run into a new phenomena whi
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The dream of FOSS Hardware: A whisper in the wind 2018/1/8 1:03 PM
As everybody who reads this site on a regular basis knows, I'm a strong advocate for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). What I don't spent quite as much time talking about are my preferences regarding hardware. The reason for this is pretty simple.
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A Man Without a Web Browser 2018/1/2 2:04 AM
So those of you who know me personally know that I recently switched from Chromium to Firefox. I obviously haven't commented on that change here. Why? Well there is actually a really good reason for my silence and I'm going to tell you why. The long an
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Notable Principles for 2018 2017/12/26 2:41 PM
With the new year right around the corner, it seems its the expected time to make a few resolutions. Though I have gone out of my way to largely ignore this practice, at the end of 2016 I made my first resolution in over a decade. That resolution was, &
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Repeat after me: Games are supposed to be fun 2017/12/19 11:50 AM
So over the last few weeks I've been dividing my time between Divinity: Original Sin and Horizon Zero Dawn. I stated playing Divinity first so I've plowed much more time into it, lets say 60 hours. Whereas I've put about 25 hours into Horizon. I love H
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Another one bites the dust: Goodbye Nextdoor.com 2017/12/14 12:35 AM
So while my readers are likely well aware of the fact that I'm no longer on Twitter and Facebook, none of you probably knew that I was also on Nextdoor.com. It wasn't a big deal though. I was only involved in an effort to keep up on happenings in the lo
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Riding the Nostalgia Wave: How Old is too Old? 2017/12/5 9:12 PM
Over my years as a software developer I have on occasion stopped and asked myself, "What exactly is the point?" I realize that on the surface that sounds a bit depressing, but you have to recognize that over the last forty years virtually every
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Net Neutrality: Deja Vu Edition 2017/11/25 1:41 PM
This morning I felt like writing a piece about a subject that is very near and dear to my heart: Net Neutrality. Though as I started I got a feeling of Deja Vu. Oh wait. I already wrote that post, didn't I? After taking some time to reread it, I'm pre
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Jack of One Trade 2017/11/21 1:33 PM
I recently discovered that a virtual Windows server I was running had been hacked. I was being paid to run it as part of an arrangement with a long time client of mine. This server ran Windows Server 2008 R2 and though it was rarely used, it was configu
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State of the Video Game Union 2017/11/15 1:08 PM
This morning I want to talk about something that isn't quite so serious. I want to talk about the state of video gaming. For those of you who don't know, I'm a pretty big gamer. I've been gaming for over thirty years. I started off on an Apple IIe, At
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So long Twitter and thanks for all the fish 2017/11/11 2:34 PM
As I'm sure some of you are aware, I have recently abandoned my Twitter account. A few years prior I deleted my Facebook account. The reasons for these decisions are complicated and since people ask me why on a semi-regular basis I have decided to docum
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I'm the rigger and my link is the trigger 2017/11/4 8:22 PM
A funny thing happened to me the other day. I ticked somebody off. I can already hear those of you who know me saying "Now wait..." so let me explain. What makes this incident particularly notable is that I didn't mean to tick anybody off. I
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PEngine.core beta is live! 2017/10/2 3:28 AM
Let me start this off by saying: It's been a hell of a journey. The last time I ported this app to a new platform was back in late 2012 when I ported it to ASP.NET MVC. I honestly forgot how much work it was. But it was worth it. So worth it. Why? Beca
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Next Gen PEngine is Coming 2017/5/21 8:03 PM
So it's been awhile since I put any real work into the code base behind this site, known to me as the "Presentation Engine". In any event, I've made a few posts over the last year regarding the future technical direction of this project and I'v
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Ramblings of a Deranged Mind 2017/1/21 6:35 PM
So it's Saturday morning and I'm listening to "Friday I'm in Love" by "The Cure" and it suddenly occurs to me: I haven't updated my website in awhile. Oops. That does happen from time to time doesn't it? Nevertheless, here I am. So
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The Last Moment Before Change 2016/9/23 1:31 PM
Here I sit mere hours before a big decision I've made will become official. I've long followed a rule requiring me to sleep on big decisions so here I am, unable to sleep because I'm so excited. That's because when the opportunity was presented to me ye
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Goodbye Windows 10 : Viva La Linux! 2016/7/31 4:25 PM
Yesterday was a red letter day for me. Two decades after using Linux for the first time, I have finally managed to fully convert all of daily driver devices to boot Linux. Any of you who know me, know that for years now I've been running Linux natively a
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The Death of the Meritocracy 2016/5/7 4:38 AM
Before you read this post, I urge you to read through my resume. When you do take particular note of how long it takes me to move from employer to employer. You'll notice that I don't spend too much time in any one place. Why is that? I've been thinki
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Art or Science: Measuring Dev Productivity 2016/4/10 4:30 PM
I've recently spent some time mulling over the question of how one can adequately and consistently measure the productivity of software developers. The answer to this question interests me both as a software developer who is ranked against his teammates a
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