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The Three Rs

No, I'm not talking about reading, writing, and 'rithmitic, I'm talking about the three Rs that are critical in creating and keeping a software organization strong. The three Rs in this case are Rigor, Resources, and Raison d'etre. Let's take a look at ...

Bacon + Microwave = Jerky :)

If you'll indulge me for just a few moments I want to say a few words on a topic that's near and dear to my heart: Bacon! I've encountered more than a few peo9ple who think that cooking bacon in the microwave is the way to go. Far be it from me to dictate ...

Democratic Primary 2016: I'm committed to Bernie, but concerned.

2016 Democratic Primary - I'm Committed but Concerned When push comes to shove, let there be no doubt about the fact that I think we, as one of the wealthiest societies on the planet, should be doing everything we can to help the poor and under served ...

A few random thoughts on keyboards

I've recently been very underwhelmed with the keyboards Apple ships with their computers. They're trying to make them all feel like laptop keyboards, which is an idea I rather disapprove of. In particular the recent Apple Keyboard has such shallow key ...

Vim Versus Emacs - Minus the Religion

Vim Versus Emacs - Minus the Religion [Note: I originally wrote this for Quora but am reposting it here with slight embelishment. Introduction In hard core technical circles, discussing the relative merits of these two editors is pretty much verboten. In ...

The One Feature that Keeps Me Addicted to Chrome

I've been using Chrome for the last few years, and generally speaking I'm pretty happy with it. However recently Google has made some decisions (notably the on by default voice search features) that make me question the wisdom of that choice. I also very ...

Oh Wordpress, I love you but you make it so hard...

It feels like there are new security issues around WordPress every week. Admittedly, the fact that WordPress automatically updates itself helps a lot, but it does lead one to wonder if a simpler solution might make more sense. I really like the idea of a ...

GNU Terry Pratchett

Recently, pretty much the entire geek/fandom community was in full on mourning over the death of fantasy author Terry Pratchett. He was incredibly prolific, authoring scores of books, but nearest and dearest to my heart are his Discworld books and Good ...

Oh Swype, Where Have You Been All My Life?

For years my Android using friends have been revving about Swype. When tablets and smartphones first appeared on the scene, many of us were so awash in the glow of our shiny new toys that we overlooked a glaring weak point - text input. In a stunning ...

The Chrome Conundrum

I Love/Hate Chrome! Having used the Chrome browser regularly for a couple of years now, I really love quite a number of things about it. It's fast The developer tools are superb It has a vibrant user community, including a number of very smart people ...