Category Archives: technology

Rants and musings about technology. Here is where I file my general thoughts about the field of technology, wonder where it is heading, what new advancements await us, talk about gadgets and rage about stupid design or infuriating tech support calls.

Chromebook

A few months ago I wrote about my desire to get a Chromebook. Well, I finally broke down and got one. At first I wasn’t really sure if it was worth the expense but now that I had it for … Continue reading

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3 Tiny Vim Plugins That Will Make Your Life Easier

There is a religious movement within the Vim community which emphasizes purity of the environment and rejects superfluous plugins and advises adherents to meticulously prune their .vimrc to keep it nearly empty and thus clean from impurities. I personally do … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn LaTex: Part 7

Let’s talk about embedding code snippets in your LaTex documents. All of us here are programmers (except for those who aren’t) so this is a natural thing we might want to do. Despite being built by programmers for programmers, LaTex … Continue reading

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A list of things you may possibly need, but maybe not (2013 edition)

Bla, bla, bla, introductory paragraph. This is usually the place where I tell you a story, or make some generalizing statements about the nature of the universe, but for some reason I can’t be bothered to do any of that … Continue reading

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5 Phone Calculator Apps you need to have

I’m a guy who has strong opinions about calculators. Most people don’t actually pay much attention to calculators or calculator apps they use. I do, because I spent most of my formative years (high school, college, grad school) calculating things … Continue reading

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Presentation Software

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I am not a fan of Microsoft Word. Truthfully, I’m not even sure if fans of that abomination even exist, but I am surely not one … Continue reading

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About Code Snippets

This will be an exercise in brevity. Originally I wanted to post this thought on Twitter, but I could not figure out how to compress it into 140 characters. I could have posted it on Google+ but I figured I … Continue reading

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Super Lazy Provisioning with Vagrant

It has been almost a year since I posted anything even remotely related to my php series. I guess I should have suspected that SITS would be the death-kneel for the project. It seemed like a good, small sized project … Continue reading

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Programmer’s Keyboard

This summer Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) has designed and helped to release a new mechanical keyboard aimed at programmers. It was intended to be a modern replacement for the venerable, yet beloved Model-M. If you haven’t heard a Model M keyboard, … Continue reading

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Chromebooks and Chromium OS Experience

I am a rather mobile person. Mobile in the sense of technology I can pick up and relocate at a whim. Even though my primary computer is a gaming desktop, a recent hardware failure helped me to realize that I … Continue reading

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Powershell

As you may have heard already, my desktop is back to working condition. I decided to turn my hardware failure into a positive thing and take the time to upgrade my desktop. Not only did it get a new and … Continue reading

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Digital Communications in 2013

I used to be great at email, but as of late I have become absolute rubbish at it. Unless it is work related, I have noticed I have an annoying habit of procrastinating replying to any and all emails. Unless … Continue reading

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You Need Backups

Quick question: is your data backed up? If I walked into your house right now with a garden hose, grabbed your computer and hurled it out the window, how much data would you lose? If it would be any more … Continue reading

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What is your primary computing device?

My primary computing machine is still out of commission which is why my posting lately has been a bit spotty. For the last week or so I have been confined to my 15″ MacBook which is a great little machine … Continue reading

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Spectacular Computer Failures

If you follow me on Twitter you probably already know about my hardware failure. If you don’t… Well. why you should! Seriously, sign up for that thing and click on the bird to become my follower. The number of followers … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn LaTex: Part 6

In Part 4 we talked about the tabular environment which, as I mentioned, is more or less equivalent to tables in HTML. There is another popular way to typeset tabulated data in LaTex which emulates a feature that simply does … Continue reading

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Pebble

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a big believer in wearable technology. I’m actually kinda bummed out that I mostly missed the boat on Google Glass beta program by not … Continue reading

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What is your favorite config file format?

Very frequently applications you write will need config files. Sometimes said files are going to be used to internally preserve the state of the application and only read or written to by the app itself, never being exposed to the … Continue reading

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Please don’t be like Dave

If you have a Wikipedia page devoted to your accomplishments it means you are kinda famous. At least that’s my personal barometer of “fame” whatever fame may actually be. I don’t have a Wikipedia page, and if someone tried to … Continue reading

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Getting Git

If you visit the internet sometimes, you have probably noticed that every month or so certain “developers” like to have a crying session about git being hard to get. I use the term developers in quotes because it is probably … Continue reading

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Analog Serendipity

The other day I was re-watching Scott Pilgrim vs The World which, in my opinion, is one of the most wonderfully wacky movie that seems almost engineered to ensnare, mesmerize and capture the hearts and minds of my generation. I … Continue reading

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Unix ANSI colors and Windows colors in the same terminal

My windows setup is weird. Well, to be honest windows itself is a weird OS, but I make it even weirder by using Cygwin as my primary shell over there. This is not a perfect solution. In fact it is … Continue reading

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Private Journaling: Reading

Back in March, I more or less definitively resolved my private journal writing problem when I created MarkdownJournal.com. I made it primarily for myself and so it was designed to scratch all of my particular itches. It was made to … Continue reading

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12 Silly Things People Believe About Computers

Some users are like little children or small animals: they require constant supervision, hand holding and care, else they may end up hurting themselves or damaging company property. Who are these users? Well, typically they are white collar office workers … Continue reading

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Designing Websites for Programmers

Let’s say you have written a programming library or a framework and you want to put it online for all to see. Chances are you are not a web developer or a designer and perhaps you don’t have much expertise … Continue reading

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