Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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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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To Ping Or Not To Ping, That Is The Question 2020/8/5 1:18 PM
Over the last few months, I have been having trouble with the stability of my home internet connection. This became evident to me while live streaming to Twitch as my stream would begin dropping a lot of frames in a really short amount of time. For a ti
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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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United Poultry Concerns 2002/1/22 5:03 PM
The opinion section has been updated with a piece concerning an organization known as "United Poultry Concerns". These people need help now. This article consists of an "edited for content" email that I sent directly to UPC. Check i
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Unplanned Obsolescence 2018/5/6 12:41 PM
For those of you who don't know, I spent most of this past week at a conference in Chicago put on by my employer. This was a bit awkward as I was working out the second week of my three week notice with them. Nevertheless I went and a good time was had
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Various bits and bytes 2006/5/24 7:40 AM
I finally bought a house. Yeah I did it. Well I am going to do it. We will close on the house a week from today and begin moving in the following day. To say that my wife and I are excited is an understatement at best. That having been said, I have de
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Veni, Vidi... not so much Vici 2018/3/6 1:10 AM
I've been doing a lot thinking regarding the overall state of my trade. Of course that should be obvious to anybody who follows my posts. Much of it has been a deep dive into what can only be described as a creeping depression regarding the state of the
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W-O-W: The Matrix Reloaded 2003/5/19 5:40 PM
What more is there to say? I managed to snag some tickets for myself and Annette to the 10 pm Wednesday showing of "The Matrix: Reloaded" and both of us were quite impressed. While its definitely a movie I feel that I should see a few more tim
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WarDriving - Wireless Networking on the Run 2002/9/5 7:12 PM
As a followup to my earlier story regarding my purchase of a laptop - I've taken the time to set up a wireless network at my apartment. Initially I did this for the purposes of being able to cruise the internet anywhere in the apartment without having to
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Well thats that I suppose. 2004/2/11 1:00 AM
No more GE. Yeah the corporate suits finally managed to nail me. It seems that domestic people (i.e. people living in the US) have suddenly become unfit to fill IT related positions. Having already sent out a large number of resumes in preparation for
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When and Why I Leave 2018/3/29 11:50 PM
Anybody who has ever bothered to read my resume has probably thought to themselves: "This guy sure likes to switch jobs." Well I can't fault them for making that observation as it is at least half true. While I do switch jobs fairly often, the
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Where have I been...? WORKING! 2004/7/28 5:05 AM
Wow. It's been a while since I posted anything here hasn't it? Not to mention the fact that the Presentation Engine has seen very little development time since I began my new job. How is it going you ask? Very nicely. Not only am I doing well writing
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Why Bad Tech Doesn't Just Die Already 2018/7/7 6:01 PM
This week I'm going to delve into a question which occasionally rears its ugly head even for me: Why doesn't bad tech ever seem to go away? It is worth noting up front that while this includes computer based tech, it covers all kinds of tech. For exampl
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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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Why I Can't STFU And Just Code A Solution To Your Problems 2019/12/12 4:21 PM
So over the years I've had a number of people tell me that I tend to focus on the negative aspects rather than the positive aspects of situations. This feedback has been relayed to me on both professional and personal levels. Let me tell you: That this
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Why I Push Back 2019/6/20 11:17 PM
A number of people I know have asked me why I feel so strongly about particular tech issues that I feel compelled to take action. A number of those people have also informed me that my practice of maintaining a ban list of companies and products that I r
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Why The World Needs To De-Platform Donald Trump 2020/6/1 5:18 PM
This post represents a softening of an opinion I expressed on this very website less than two years ago. If you haven't read that post, you should go back and read it before reading this one. Back in the wistful days of my youth (before I turned 40 mind
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WilL WRiTe COdE fOR fOod 2001/9/11 12:03 AM
Well it looks like things are coming to a head with my job situation. As some of you probably know, I currently work as a contractor for GE Power Systems doing web development work. My contract was originally for a time period of six months - needless t
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Windows 11 Announced: A Legacy OS Gives Consumers The Middle Finger 2021/6/25 9:57 PM
As some of you may have heard, yesterday Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows 11. As an early build had leaked last week and Microsoft had dropped a number of hints this did not shock anybody in particular. What was rather shocking was how
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Windows 7 is out 2009/7/26 5:05 PM
Well, the day has finally come. Or it came a few days ago. Well technically it came on July 13th, but wasn't announced until this Wednesday July 22nd. Windows 7 is done! And not only that, but the untouched RTM build straight from Microsoft is floating
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Windows is a Legacy Operating System 2018/10/21 3:12 PM
People who know me and talk with me, know I've been making this claim for years. That means that this post has been years in the making. That is true both in terms of the argument I'm about to make and in the actions Microsoft has taken to create the si
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Windows more secure than Linux 2002/2/5 12:04 AM
An article over at WinInformant which you will find is located here attempts to prove that Windows is more secure than Linux. It does so by tallying the number of vulnerabilities discovered in each respective OS or Distribution over the last few years.
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Windows XP Build 2600 (Pre RTM) 2001/8/22 3:38 AM
Thats right kiddies. Windows XP RTM has almost hit in the form of Pre RTM build 2600. While its likely that the RTM build will in fact be the same (with the 180 day evaluation restrictions removed) - it should be signed off later this week - as early as
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