Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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Today is a good day to.... wait... I got a JOB! 2004/6/19 12:16 AM
Friends life is finally starting to look good once again. After a month and a half of unemployment I have hit the big one. I have been offered a VB.NET, ASP.NET and C# development position with a firm located here in Greenville called JobScope . As som
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Tivo HD + Charter Cable = Suckage 2008/2/1 10:12 AM
Let's start this post with a bit of background information: For starters, in late 2006, I purchased a Tivo Series 2 DVR and replaced my Cable Company's PVR with it. Since it was a Series 2 DVR, I was no longer able to receive digital or HD cable station
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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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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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This site is Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional! 2008/5/23 10:51 PM
When I rewrote the Presentation Engine from scratch, it never even occurred to me validate it using the w3 validation tools available online. Then while chatting on a forum today, the thought suddenly occurred to me. So I initially ran the site through t
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Things I Don't Miss About Windows: Updates 2018/3/12 11:45 PM
So I'm going to start off this post by being extremely blunt: I don't like Windows. In fact when it comes to Operating Systems (aka OSes), I consider virtually any other OS a superior choice. The only exception is situations in which some piece of criti
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The worst movie ever made: Mulholland Dr 2003/5/19 5:27 PM
Typically I'm the kind of guy who goes for the odd and generally misunderstood movies. Normally I can see my way to ignoring a lot of bad things about a movie because the overall point that the movie makes is worth the trouble. Usually I'm real open min
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The Wonderful World of DVDs and Linux 2002/4/4 6:50 PM
It took me two hours last night - but I finally managed to accomplish what is widely rumored to be impossible. I managed to get a DVD to play in Linux. Using the wonderful MPlayer software I was able to actually get to watch a piece of the sound and vid
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The War Against Code Red 2001/8/8 7:00 PM
Okay guys - I attempted to create deploy a code red counter virus yesterday. To save some of you some time - let me just say that it was NOT successful outside my test environment. The counter virus, as I call it, isnt actually a virus at all (in that it
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The solution to Minesweeper 2002/2/16 4:21 AM
I've finally decided to post my P algorithim for the "Minesweeper Consistency Problem". The explanations are all there and the code is available for download NOW. Check it out and let me know what you think. You can IM me on AOL, MSN, YAHOO,
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The saga of Darek Mihocka 2001/11/1 8:30 AM
In the following link you'll find a little essay I have written dedicated to Darek Mihocka, owner and operator of a small company known as Emulators Inc which is located here. Inside you'll find the details of what I consider to be one of the most disgus
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 3 2019/10/25 9:20 PM
This post marks the third in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first or second posts yet, I highly recommend that you click here and then click here. Give them both at least a quick skim before reading this
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 2 2019/10/25 9:54 AM
This post marks the second in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first post yet, I highly recommend that you click here. Give it at least a good skim before reading this one as it contains important backgrou
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 1 2019/10/23 6:25 PM
Today I'm going to tell you a sad tale of a device called the Librem 5 and the company behind it, Purism. As of right now, this story does not have a happy ending. I am writing this series of articles as a protest against the behavior of Purism, a compa
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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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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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The Patriots win the Superbowl - By Erik Jeffreys 2002/2/4 7:38 AM
Yes the patriots have won the superbowl despite everybody thinking otherwise. In fact I was so sure that this wouldn't happen - I made a bet with a work friend of mine. The bet was that if the Patriots won - we could post something to my site. Well it
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The Mozilla MSN Mystery 2001/10/26 6:17 AM
Well well well... on the day that Microsoft releases XP it seems that they have also released the 'updated' version of MSN. It seems that this new version of MSN refuses to function correctly with non Microsoft browsers. After playing with this problem f
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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 March of Gentoo continues... 2003/1/15 7:41 PM
As some of my loyal readers (whom I could probably count on a single hand) may remember - I switched my Linux box over to Gentoo a few months back. I was so enthralled over Gentoo that I decided to actually make a post on my site here about how it was li
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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 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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The Folly of Apple 2005/9/9 5:34 PM
Well the saga of my Apple iBook still isn't over apparently. The day before yesterday I received a call from a woman named Jennifer Ramsay, who identified herself as part of Apple's "Executive Team". She said that they had indeed received my l
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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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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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