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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 <A="http://www.msn.com">MSN. It seems that this new version of MSN refuses to function correctly with non Microsoft bro
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tor Versus Zoom 2018/4/24 3:10 AM
As I'm sure many of you know, an important part of being a remote worker is maintaining lines of communication with your co-workers. At work we use a variety of tools to accomplish that but one of the most important tools is one called Zoom. It is a scr
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TrueType Fonts and Linux 2002/6/11 1:42 AM
Well I just finished spending the last hour getting decent font support set up on my Linux box. Having been recently inspired by a thread on Arstechnica detailing how to set up nice looking fonts in Linux (Redhat 7.3 uses the crappiest ones by default) -
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