Monthly Archives: October 2012

Version Control for Regular People

Here is something I always tell to fledgling programmers, interns and the like: if you have made something, and it would take you more than 5 minutes to recreate it from scratch, it needs to be under version control. Why? … Continue reading

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Reinventing Fantasy Races: My Goblins are Different

The other day I stumbled upon a pair of articles titled The Ecology of the Goblin and The Ecology of the Kobold on the Blog of Holding. It reminded me that once upon a time I had this thing going … Continue reading

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Mouse: revolutionary invention, productivity killer

The mouse is probably the best and the worst invention in the history of computing. Without early pointing devices such as mice and track-balls we likely would not have graphical user interfaces in the form they exist today. These devices … Continue reading

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What is your primary computer?

We live in a day and age when most of us use more than one computing device on a daily basis. Not everyone can afford to actually own multiple computers, but many at the very least have access to a … Continue reading

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Pam’s Peculiar Printer Problems

Every IT department has “regulars” – users who submit tickets so frequently they ought to be issued customer loyalty cards. Users whose computers spend more time on the help desk bench than on their desks. Users who use the Ash … Continue reading

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Vim Solarized and Tmux

As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of Vim, Tmux and the Solarized theme. Unfortunately, these three components don’t always go together very well. As a rule, I tend to use the dark Solarized theme … Continue reading

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Notes from Vacation: Disney World

I don’t know if anyone other than me actually pays attention to my posting schedule, or gets upset when posts do not shot up on time. Hopefully not. But on the off chance that you do, I apologize for last … Continue reading

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Your Top Three Unix Tools

Let’s say you set up a brand spanking new Unix/Linux box somewhere, or gain access to a bran new shell account on which you expect to be doing some work. What are the top three things you install first? I’m … Continue reading

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Is iPhone 5 a disappointment?

In the last few weeks I have talked to quite a few people who are very angry at Apple for the way iPhone 5 came out. Anger, disappointment and strange amount of love for Samsung are dominant emotions during all … Continue reading

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Mobile Lifestyle

If you have me in your Circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter then you have probably already seen the article I want to talk about. If not, why are you not following or circling me? You totally should! … Continue reading

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Vim: The Hidden Power of Customization

If I had to pick my favorite vim customizations, my spell-check key binding would be definitely one of my top picks. Believe it or not, Vim makes me super-efficient at writing not only code, but also prose. Like most editors … Continue reading

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