Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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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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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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