Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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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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As if anybody cares, here are my election predictions for 2004 2004/9/7 8:51 PM
Hmmmm... this won't take too long. My election prediction for 2004 is actually quite simple: A loser will win. As most people are completely unable to exist outside of the "multiple choice" paradigm practically mandated by today's election pr
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As the Apple Turns 2002/9/3 7:29 PM
So I finally gave into my more primal urges and bought a laptop. However after spending several days researching my options - I opted to purchase an Apple iBook with upgraded memory and OSX 10.2. During my research I discovered that in the world of lapt
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Attack of the Clones! 2002/5/17 6:41 AM
Well folks the next Star Wars movie opened today and I was there to see it. Note: If this surprises anybody reading this site - you are in need of serious help. Overall I think it really was a great movie that pretty much lives up to the Star Wars legac
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Attention Prospective Employers 2004/2/29 2:35 AM
I've sent out a number of resumes in the past few months. All of these resumes have a phone number where I could be reached until earlier today. This number has changed due to the fact I'll be moving in with my fiancee` soon and we have decided to use h
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Autocratic Internet: The Tyranny of Google reCAPTCHA 2018/6/16 2:20 PM
So over the last year, something on the Internet has been really pissing me off. That thing is Google reCAPTCHA. This thing has been driving me bonkers for over a year and I'm pretty much at the end of my rope. So let's start with a bit of background.
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Avoiding the Mines in a Field of Tech Fads 2018/6/29 1:54 PM
Chances are that if you've worked in tech long enough, you can probably rattle off a list of tech fads you were forced to suffer through. But you know what my secret is? I have yet to fall for the siren song of any tech fad. But rather than just laughi
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Bah Humbug: Keeping it Real on Christmas 2019/12/25 12:57 AM
So here I am sitting in an AirBnb on Christmas Eve in North Augusta on my laptop while Annette is watches Wheel of Fortune as she likes to do on weeknights. Inside I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for a full day of Christmas related events and visits
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Benefitfocus has gone public! 2013/9/18 8:56 PM
Well this has certainly been a long time coming. It seems that Benefitfocus has finally gone public and the share price is skyrocketing . To my friends still there, I would like to say congratulations. Though I'm not sure why. Unless you are getting s
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Benefitfocus, IPOs and Offshoring 2013/4/1 3:28 PM
As anybody who has read my resume knows, I used to work at a company called Benefitfocus. At some point I decided to move on. Now if you spend some time looking at Benefitfocus' website you will probably come away quizzically as according to the culture
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Best Buy sucks my Balls 2003/11/1 5:23 AM
Im posting this from within a Best Buy where I managed to circumvent their security on their internal kiosk systems. Simply hit Ctrl-E and use the built in MSN Search Engine while on http://www.bestbuy.com to go anywhere you want. Cheers, J
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Betting open for Presentation Engine release.... 2003/6/30 5:51 PM
Another week goes by and.... errrr... ummmm... the updated version of the Presentation Engine has yet to be released. Even though I know better, I like pretending that people out there actually care whether or not I release the engine driving this site.
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Breaking News: Ford is run by idiots... errr... maybe not so breaking. 2008/1/15 5:45 PM
So I stumbled upon this interesting foothold in the decades long saga known to many as the "Crumbling of Detroit": Ford sics lawyers on Mustang Enthusiast Group Is it any surprise that Ford is this close to going out of business? With tactics l
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Busy Busy Busy All Day Long 2003/5/4 6:40 PM
As Im sure some people have noticed, I haven't updated this site very much lately. Between my new computer (addressed in the previous story), my new girlfriend who I can't seem to get enough of, and all the stuff going on this month (Matrix, X2, GTA:VC P
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Check and Mate 2018/4/15 9:01 PM
So in an effort to diversify my hobbies a bit I've recently decided to spend some time getting to know Chess a bit better. While I have casually played Chess all of my life, the reality is that outside of knowing how the pieces move and the conditions un
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Code Mode: A True Developers Drug of Choice 2018/2/19 8:53 PM
This week I wanted to chat about a syndrome that I have experienced a few times over the years as both an amateur and a professional developer. What syndrome am I referring to? One of my favorites: The syndrome of "Code Mode". What is "Co
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Code Monkey Manifesto 2012/7/19 3:51 PM
For those of you not familiar with my resume, let me sum it up for you: I've been designing, developing, deploying and supporting software for 13 years. I've seen my fair share of failures but on the flip side, I've also seen more than my fair share of
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Code Red Gone 2001/8/9 5:42 PM
Hmmmm... This morning Code Red activity just died. For over two hours now I havent had a single Code Red related attack made on the sever. It also appears that @home has blocked all incoming HTTP traffic. That being the case, its unlikely anybody is see
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Code Red Virus 2001/8/6 8:55 AM
Well here we go again. It seems that another variant of the lovely 'Code Red' virus is spreading. Thats right kiddies. Perhaps this will mean more security work for me in the off hours. Anyway get the scoop here. This is no game people. I've already
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Code Red Virus 2 2001/8/7 2:12 AM
Okay guys - want to see how hard my box has been hit by codered? Just go to this link (which is long since dead) to get a good look. What you are seeing is output from my new web application, the IIS Log Scanner. Yeah I plan on setting up a project page
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CompUSA's kiosk security sucks 2003/12/18 2:17 AM
Thats right. I've managed to do it again. The AOL kiosks used at CompUSA have a security hole that allows you full Admin access to the local box and access to their entire internal corporate network. Simply go to the web browser portion of the AOL kiosk
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Coronavirus: Adapt or Die 2020/3/21 8:34 PM
The global pandemic known as the Coronavirus is moving faster than anything you or I have ever seen over the course of our lives. It's devouring every social, government and economic system it touches. By extension it is touching all of us and forcing u
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Coronavirus: Anti-Maskers Versus Not-Stupid 2020/7/5 3:55 PM
Never doubt this one simple truth: History repeats. We as humans are doomed to repeat the same vicious cycle over and over again as long as we refuse to learn the lessons imparted by our own history. When it comes to the subject of whether or not people
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Coronavirus: Dark Humor is My Anti-Depressant of Choice 2020/3/25 2:44 PM
So as I'm sure all of my readers realize, these last few weeks have been deeply depressing for everybody. I miss the days where my biggest concern for the day was what video game I was going to play / stream after I finished work. Now out of both sheer
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Coronavirus: Deniers, Civil Liberties and Survival of the Species 2020/4/7 3:42 PM
One debate that keeps rearing its ugly head is the one about just how far society should go to combat the Coronavirus. Practically everybody I know is debating this in some form or another and the debates are often full of vitriol and exceptionally stron
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