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  • Blog Post: The Blue Screen of Mort

    It happened just the other day when I least expected it. No one would have expected it. Not me, not you, not your cousin, your grand-father or your grand-father’s cousin’s dog; no one. Because there was no warning, not even a hint, not a glint or glimmer of possibility. It didn’t even register. It couldn...
  • Blog Post: Luca Spaces Out

    Luca has a blog post that says some kind words about me in regards to our work together on ObjectSpaces. Really Luca, you don't need to convince me of business needs to get me to do your bidding, you just need to convince me it was my idea.
  • Blog Post: Reddit Randomnes and Wayward SPAM

    A few days ago a link to one of my posts was placed on Reddit, a site like Slashdot that is dedicated to reviewing other peoples articles. Instead there was no 'review' as such. Just a bunch of flames back and forth over whether the link was to be considered SPAM or not. Apparently, because the Wayward...
  • Blog Post: Agile at Microsoft

    Disclaimer: The following material is not advised for those who clicked on this link thinking it was something else. Do not operate heavy machinery or drink hot coffee while reading. Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor. I wasn’t always a proponent of Agile development practices. To...
  • Blog Post: The Origin of LINQ to SQL

    LINQ to SQL, possibly Microsoft’s first ORM to actually ship in ten years of trying, was never even supposed to exist. It started out as a humble Visual Studio project on my desktop machine way back in the fall of 2003, long before anyone heard about it, long before anyone even guessed what would...
  • Blog Post: Double Dog Data

    In my post Dog Days of Summer I told you how a stray dog had adopted my family while on vacation. I just wanted you all to know that we still have the dog, and yes we did all the prudent and responsible things that a dog owner should. It turns out she is about nine months old, a healthy yellow lab, has...
  • Blog Post: The Dog Days of Summer

    Its been difficult to find those few private moments where I can pull out the laptop and commence coding. I've been feeling the itch too often. I need to compile. Yet the weather has not complied with my wishes. The rain still pours down from above, ideal for my needs. Unfortunately, this means everyone...
  • Blog Post: And there was Rain

    It was a long and grueling day. It started late and ended late, and it was long and excruciating in between. We knew it going in the night before, we weren't packed, but at least everything else was done and ready for us to be gone for the week. Except it wasn't, not really. Our early start ended up...
  • Blog Post: Less than Express

    I'm heading out today on vacation for the week, far away from all things digital, miles and miles away from anything with a functioning central processing until, no cell phone coverage, no bandwidth, just blue skies, mountains, tall green trees and the sea. Of course, that's why I'm bringing my laptop...
  • Blog Post: Hurricane Charlie

    To think, there was a time in the past when my home was actually a place of solitude, a veritable utopia of serenity. I would travel home from work and find nothing but peace, pleasurable silence and often a warm welcome. Then things changed, not too long ago in the past. Was it just days ago or longer...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a C# Hack

    I've been making a lot of changes lately to the c# compiler. You won't see these in Whidbey so don't ask me about them yet. For the most part, it hasn't been too tough. The compiler was designed well and is generally easy to make modifications too. Yet eventually I hit a wall trying to get the compiler...
  • Blog Post: Fishing for Answers

    Everything you do in your day-to-day life, how you approach solving even minor problems, reflects in the way you write code. My soon to be four year old son, Charlie, has had his mind set on getting a pet fish ever since the movie Finding Nemo came out. I suppose that's been true for many. My wife...
  • Blog Post: Chicken Scratches

    You can tell when I'm really deep into my work, writing code that is more than just boiler plate, that has something new and unique, a special approach or optimization. But don't look at the screen, you won't necessarily see it there, unless you are good at scouring over thousands of lines at a glance...
  • Blog Post: Feeling Stupid

    Programming makes you feel stupid. All the time. Just when you think you finally understand something, know all its ins and outs, along comes something new that you know nothing about, not even enough to hold up your end of a speculative conversation. Now, this might be enough to scare a lot of people...
  • Blog Post: Procrastinating Paradigms

    Programming is sometimes a mind boggling and perplexing thing. If you know what you want to do, and how to do it, then it is a breeze and you can whip out a thousand lines a day, write an entire app over the weekend. If you don't know what you want to do or how to exactly do it then it can drag on for...
  • Blog Post: Dollars for Donuts

    Wayward blogs shares shot up to $497.00 per share today! If I lived in blog land I could retire! I wonder if I can at least convert them to Marriot reward points. Hmmm. Matt
  • Blog Post: Technicolor Dreamshirt

    I'm back at work today, and its now worse than ever. It's happening all around me, and its hard to miss. I see it everywhere I go. I even see it on me. It's kind of easy to understand though. I mean, what with this place being what it is and the people being who they are. It's easy to see how it would...
  • Blog Post: The Heat is On

    It is hot today, terribly hot. A kind of hot that makes most Washingtonians jump for joy, slip on their shorts and tank tops and head for the beach. The heat outside is like a stinging syrup that bears down on everything, forcing you to wade through it on the short jaunt from your car. It's so hot and...
  • Blog Post: Identity Theft

    I am taking the day off in remembrance of a momentous event that occurred many years ago and has special meaning to me alone. The day had great impact on a few others too, but even as great as it was my memory of it is poor, hazy at best, and I'm starting to believe the thoughts are a bit unreal, manufactured...
  • Blog Post: Wayward's Deep Dark Secret

    Normally, I'd have titled a post like this as a way to catch wandering eyes and then I'd spew out some silly little tirade about some sinister secret, and it would drag on and on never quite divulging anything and finally ending with either a punch-line or an ironic twist that might make you laugh. But...
  • Blog Post: Spamming the Feed

    It has come to my attention that my plethora of posts on so trivial of topics has been construed by some as the equivalent of spam, the blasting of electronic bits down the proverbial throats of others, the unsuspecting masses of web surfers caught in the maelstrom of my mad malignant mind. Which of...
  • Blog Post: Outside of the Box

    I should not be able to type right now. I shouldn't be able to move my arm to lift my hand up to the keyboard. My arm should be too sore to do anything but hang limp from my shoulder. I think I have enough drugs to keep me going for the day, so I can actually get some work done and so I can do my most...
  • Blog Post: Farm Fun Fantastic

    I had the chance to visit Remlinger Farms today. It is a working berry farm turned into a park used for office picnics and such; somewhat like a mini version of Knotts Berry Farm, but with only teeny rides for toddlers. This was the year end picnic for my sons preschool. It was his first experience at...
  • Blog Post: Hacking the Bozo Bit

    Eons ago, back in the heyday of high school, there was this antiquated multi-user mini computer that we all used for course work and such. There was a computer 'club' with elected officers and a bunch of pre-geeks that gathered in the computer room after hours to muck about with projects and writing...
  • Blog Post: Good to be back

    The vacation is over. The bags are unpacked. The laundry is done. The house is restocked of all those perishable food items. Days have gone by and I'm no longer feeling the jet lag, or the tightness of skin left over from the Sun and the heat. It's Monday morning and I'm back at work. The sky has returned...
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