04
Jul
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Today is the day we remember our freedom and the rights we enjoy as citizens of this great nation.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank any and all members of the military – as well as anyone who has contributed to the continued fight for freedom.  The rights we enjoy as citizens should […]

03
Jul

Today’s ‘Friday Fun Post’ maybe be an old one for some of you, but it is something I have continually found amusing.  It is somewhat of a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless for the majority. Happy Friday!

02
Jul

I have an older laptop, which I brought back out of storage for fun and to keep it updated. It runs Debian Lenny, so it’s a pretty stable machine, and very handy. A recent purchase of a new battery gives me ~2.5 hours of time with it, which isn’t bad for a laptop from Fall […]

I’ve been thinking about obligations to software customers lately.  I don’t have any of my own (yet) but it is something typically on the front of my mind.  At my day job, we maintain various versions of our software, while not directly on the client – in our backend systems.  This means that our backoffice […]

Recently I encountered an issue at work.  I had recently merged some code, and someone who tested from start to finish said there was an error right off the bat.  Crap. Looking at the error, my blood began to boil: ?View Code DOSPHP Fatal error: Column count doesn’t match value count at row 1 So, […]

22
Dec
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I recently purchased a new HP Mini.  Love the form factor, as does Stef.  It’s great for checking e-mail, web surfing, etc in the living room while watching TV. First thing I did was drop Windows in favor of Linux.  In this case, Ubuntu.  I found that everything worked flawlessly except I couldn’t SSH out.  […]

30
Sep
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Put new floors in the hearth room & kitchen. Finished up a week or two ago. Really took about 20 hours tops, with the help of a good buddy. Still need to decide what to do about trim (floorboards, base shoe).

18
Sep
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I use DBDesigner4 for DB modeling and ERD generation. Great tool, though the original developer went to work for MySQL (I think) to build their MySQL Workbench. Well, for Linux users, Workbench isn’t available yet, so we can still use DBDesigner4, which works great. Anyways, so I recently attempted to connect to my local MySQL […]

04
Sep
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Gazed out my window to see the Google Car driving up my street. With cat-like reflexes I grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos from the front door. What’s funny is, now when the pics appear on Google, the world will see me standing in my front door…

18
Aug
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Made a couple small feature updates to my Twitter client. Added in a tabbed interface to handle main updates, replies, and direct messages. Added a simple ‘About’ window (what app would be complete without one?), and the beginnings of a simple context-menu to facilitate easier replies / direct messages. Next up, posting. A couple screenshots:

11
Aug
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Over the last few weeks I’ve had the itch to learn Python. Specifically, in the GUI context. I poked around, looking at a few of the widget sets out there, and settled on GTK. GTK is cross-platform, works on *nix, Apple, and Windows, pretty seamlessly. The integration is quite nice as well. My pet project […]

31
Jul

So, a blind guy walks into a store with his seeing eye dog by his side. He proceeds to pick up the dog by the hind legs, and starts swinging him around the aisles. A clerk approaches and asks “Is there anything I can help you with, sir?”, to which he responds “No thanks, just […]

20
Jul
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Small update on the soundcard wishes post: bought a new Logitech USB headset, and all is well. Within Skype you can configure which audio devices to use for which action. Specifically, audio in (during a call), audio out (headset mic to hear me), and ringing device, which I can direct to the main speaker set, […]

16
Jul
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Hmm, I upgraded WordPress to the latest version available to my host, and suddenly an odd character is in place of a standard space character.  Only when starting new sentences though (using 2 spaces to separate from the period).  Weird.

16
Jul
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I use Skype periodically for phone calls from my PC.  I also enjoy listening to music while I work.  My main workstation is a Dell Dimension E520 – Running Kubuntu 8.04.  So, on the box, I have 2 front connections to the sound card, a headphone jack and a microphone jack.  Using my headset which […]

09
Jun
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I bought the book Joel on Software at Borders this weekend.  I recently moved into a management role at the company I work for, so I felt I needed some pointers and encouragement for how things can be done.  I say ‘can’, because I think management roles constantly evolve.  You’re working with people, who are […]

29
Apr
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Recently, I hit what I’ll consider my own personal gold mine of jobs.  I found a job with a company that allows me to work from home, no travel, and uses new technology.  The best part is, I’m finally writing software that people depend on, that keeps business going.  That may sound a bit dramatic, […]

09
Dec
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For many years people have claimed that <insert year> will be the “Year of the Desktop” for Linux and it’s friends. I say it that way because people tend to clump the kernel, the toolsets, window managers, and everything else under the ‘Linux’ banner. I think Linux is ready for the “desktop”. I’ve used Linux […]

26
Nov
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I don’t hit the social networks as much as some might, but I do login once in a while to check in on people. Plus, sometimes people write you a message, and the network will only notify you that you have a message, not telling you the content. But, I guess they want to pull […]

13
Nov
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This weekend, Stef and I went to Lumber Liquidators to look at our options for hardwood flooring in the house. We have a ‘hearth’ room, which is acting as our dining room right now, which is connected to the kitchen, though has a partial wall separating the rooms. Our plan is to remove the wall, […]