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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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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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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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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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The Deconstruction of APK 2005/3/25 9:17 AM
Have you ever wanted to know more about this "APK" individual that I reffered to in my previous update? Well now you have your chance. I have just finished writing the first version of a new section on my site that is likely going to see a num
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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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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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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah 2004/6/15 6:09 AM
Over the last few minutes I've come to a conclusion about life in general: Not enough people read books. If you are one of those people that doesn't read enough in his or her spare time let me make a small suggestion if I may: Stephen King's the Dark T
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The Cloud, The Indoctrinated and Their Shared Folly 2019/8/15 10:20 PM
Over the past few years, I've spent a lot of time speaking to the dangers of our current blind obsession with the cloud and all it has to offer. Professionally I've experienced life on both sides of the fence: I've seen this problem from the perspective
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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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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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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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Thats right boys and girls, It's New Feature Time! 2003/8/26 11:58 PM
Wanna have some fun? Well cruise on over to the latest section of my site by clicking on the big button labeled. 'Forums'. Yep - you can now contribute your own tidbits of wisdom to me and all of my visitors (all five of the poor bastards that actually
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Test Story 1900/1/1 11:00 AM
If you are seeing this, chances are your Presentation System database connection is working correctly. Thanks again for using this system!
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Super Tuesday Sadness 2008/2/6 6:02 PM
Well yesterday was a very interesting day in the political spectrum. I was hoping (beyond hope apparently) that the competition within the Democratic primary would be ended rather definitively. Sadly, my predication couldn't have been farther from the t
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Sunday Infommericals suck Ass 2003/5/11 7:56 PM
Whose idea was it to clog up Sunday television with hour long commercials, television evangelists, and other mindless nonsense? What is the point of Sunday television? Is it supposed to make me appreciate the other 6 days of the week that much more? We
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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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Spock Was Wrong: In Tech it is Easier to Create than to Destroy 2021/4/5 8:17 PM
I assume most of you didn't already know this, so I'm going to clarify it up front. One of my favorite sci-fi trilogies is comprised of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Obviously the
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