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July 2010


You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain

Rusty Skills

I need to cut holes into a 2-inch PCV pipe. Round or square, it doesn’t matter. Holes about the size of a quarter. I need to cover those holes in a low-pressure air-tight way. I need a way to lift or drop the covers via levers, cables or something else based on a key. Preferably […]

The quandry

I look forward to having a time and place to experiment again. As a younger programmer or admin, you are expected to be learning and taking time to improve as part of your tasks. As a more senior admin or programmer, you are expected to be proficient and expert in your field. That is good, […]

I write like….

I am a hack writer. Some days, I hope I am better than your average hack writer. Anyway, let’s see how this meme goes. I dumped in a story that I wrote where I was trying to emulate the humor of Douglas Adams: I write likeMario Puzo I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. […]

Doing it wrong… part 1

At one point, while walking a person through one of the VMware provided sample scripts I found myself talking about the perl mistakes that VMware was commonly making and my frustration with them. It turns out, it makes an interesting micro-view of how I find VMware’s perl code and SDKs frustrating. I know that there’s […]

Dear Composer…

I’ve played a lot of band music. I’ve been playing more-or-less continuously for 25 years now and have played in a wide range of groups.

Over time I’ve come to the opinion that not everyone arranging and composing out there is treating their craft with as much care as they could. How many of us have played really poor arrangements? The kind where the music was really inhibited by the mechanics of pen and paper?

Here, without much organization are the points I’d want to write in my “Dear Composer” letter:

“Alerts are somewhat broken.”

“Alerts are somewhat broken.”

That’s how my more experienced coworker put it in the initial bug report. He’s a sharp guy and rarely states things in an impolitic way. So it surprised me for him to state something that direct. Turns out, it was quite true.