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  • 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: Sound Bites

    It’s time for a rant, time to dredge up those same old topics, same tired old arguments. Why did they? What where they thinking? Who designed that? You think I’m talking about software? That would be too easy. No, I’m back to my favorite pass-time, skewering the dysfunctional world of audio. To be...
  • Blog Post: Quality Fake Rolex Now

    I'm sure you must have have at least 35 to 40 fake Rolex watches, each, by now. No? I'm drowning in them. I just match up each real-mail offer for a new credit card with each e-mail offer for a fake watch. I'm planning to give them out as holiday gifts this year. I used to think TV shopping channels...
  • 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: User Interference

    There's a lot about todays web-site interfaces that bug me. First, let me say that many sites are utterly fantastic and its not the lack of content or style (that plagues many home page sites for example). It's the sheer overload of unrelated information that makes sites practically indecipherable. ...
  • Blog Post: Reusability Rant

    During my lifetime (so far) of programming I've worked on a many projects that were built around or including external libraries and components. These are packaged units of software purchased from a vendor for a specific purpose. However, no matter how useful the software claimed to be, the specific...
  • Blog Post: Slow as Molasses

    I hate it when it goes slow. Everything has been blinding fast for months, and now its such a slow crawl that it is driving me a little over the edge. I'm not talking about the CPU, or the compiler or even my speedy sports car. I'm talking about my ability to crank out lines of code. I just seem to...
  • Blog Post: Through the Looking Glass

    What's the fascination of 3D for the desktop? I'm referring to the Sun announcement of its new Looking Glass desktop. Of course, it looks intriguing. I'm not one to scoff at the overuse of CPU power just for the sake of using it, and I have not seen a demonstration live so I'm definitely not in the know...
  • Blog Post: Flaming the Feed

    Great balls of fire, batman, there was a fire alarm a while ago. The whole building was evacuated. I had to finish my last post 'What you definitely don't want to see', before I could add a few more zingers. Now I've been away from the keyboard so long (stopped off for lunch) that I can't remember them...
  • 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: It must be blogona

    A few visitors arrived late last night while I was sleeping. Had I known they were waiting I wouldn't have left them there, alone, in the dark. I wouldn't have ignored them as I arose in the morning and went through my morning ritual. I wouldn't have taken so much pleasure in my breakfast had I been...
  • Blog Post: Thunder bored

    This movie is probably going to be a stinker. They really should have kept the puppets. Matt
  • Blog Post: The most popular topic in the blogosphere

    Sometimes, when I'm not too busy working, eating, sleeping, playing, and cutting my toenails, I take a few moments to read what's on the web. Some of it is directed at my favorite news sites, some of it at bloggers I know and some of it at random stuff I pull up off of google and its ilk. Invariably...
  • Blog Post: Insecurity Training

    I spent most of the day yesterday in a conference room with about a thousand other co-workers of mine. I know them all personally. You should have seen the size of the table! But seriously, it was a mandatory training session for the likes of us unruly code slingers. Microsoft is serious about security...
  • Blog Post: Gmail: What were they thinking?

    I've been thinking about this quite a bit. Google's proposed gmail will 'read' your email and based on words/subjects/etc that it finds it will target ads at you whenever you go to the site to read your mail. It will store up to one gigabyte of email for you and use all this 'history' to datamine subject...
  • Blog Post: Data as a Service

    Why is working with a database always an awkward proposition? It’s like this monolithic bank that houses all your valuables. Except it can’t be just any bank. It has to be this specific bank, on this corner with this address. Your data is tucked away in this one account with this particular...
  • Blog Post: Spammed to death

    I like most people that use the internet detest spam. I hate it. I want it to go away. And that's just the meat product. Email spam, now that's just plain criminal. There's just no innocent motive behind that one. Spammers try to make a quick buck by betting on the odds that one in ten thousand recipients...
  • Blog Post: Wrong Again

    Okay, they’ve got it all wrong! I’ve spent considerable amount of time over the last few weeks researching different products that might be able to solve the audio problem. What I want is a system that will play my digital music files all throughout the house. What I don’t want...
  • Blog Post: I want a new drug

    I want something to buy. Some piece of technology. I've got the money, but there is nothing out there. Nothing that gives me a buzz, like it used to. I'm not saying that I have every gadget, gizmo and thing-a-ma-bob that's available. Quite the contrary. My collection of tech toys is rather limited...
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