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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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My Plans for Presentation Engine Version 5 2015/12/5 5:42 PM
The time for a new version of the Presentation Engine is almost upon us. Only this time, the up front visible changes will be rather minimal. No instead my intention for the V5 release (which is not currently in active development, just in the planning
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The Manifesto of a Productive Business Software Developer 2015/11/3 5:28 PM
The other day I got asked by my boss' boss to share the "secret sauce" behind my productivity at work. This was an odd moment for me as over the last 17 years of my of professional life, nobody has ever asked me to do that. But it did get me t
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The Day Facebook and American Cloud Computing Died 2015/10/28 4:46 AM
The day has finally come. Today I have been forced to disolve my relationship with Facebook. Why? In a single word: CISA. In a nutshell CISA is a piece of legislation that allows companies like Facebook to more freely share customer data with the gover
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Ode to GoldBox RPGs 2015/5/19 2:33 AM
As many of you know, I self identify as a retro and an indie gamer. That pretty much means that for the most part, I don't play many of the modern AAA games out there. Of course as a retro gamer, one must avoid going full hipster (otherwise known as ass
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The Problem with Internet Explorer and Spartan 2015/3/31 4:30 PM
Anybody who knows me professionally, knows that I despise Microsofts Internet Explorer web browser. What they probably don't know is why I despise it. Most people likely assume that because I'm a penguin, I'm also an Internet Explorer hater. The two do
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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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