Archive for August, 2008

Going to Maine

It’s just about time to make the Labor Day trek to Maine to visit friends, have some cocktails and munch on lobsta and sweet corn! I’ve been riding my motorcycle up there the last couple of years and each year I try to go a slightly different route. This year I’m adding a favorite lunch […]


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Got to be the worst

In addition to being a developer full time, I also manage a remote office for the company I work for. It’s been open two years now and other than a few start-up issues, running the office has been a minor part of my day. Until Monday… Over that weekend, 08/17/2008, the building that houses our […]


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.. and then again

I’ve been extremely happy with the result of my anti-spam practice, but it would seem that I’m not the only one experiencing low spam totals at the moment. Perhaps the conflict between Georiga and Russia is turning the “bot-nets” to other uses..


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NYK: IBM PC Birthday

While looking up some information on the original IBM PC, I noticed that its release date was August 12, 1981. Guess who else shares the same birthday (well not the year – I’m older)? Wonder if there is some cosmic force at work here – sharing a “birthday” with a device from which I derive […]


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What’d Ya Expect?

As a computer user for more than 25 years I’ve come to expect that software and hardware have bugs. It’s just a fact. Nothing is perfect and imperfection is why there are updates and upgrades – it’s what makes the computer business go round and round. I’m an Apple fan, but I don’t think they […]


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Making a Dent

In the process of moving servers I’ve had to get used to the provider imposed Postini message filtering system. Initially I wasn’t really happy about the imposition it seemed to place on the way I like to use email, i.e. lots of “catch all” addresses. After puttering around with the system for a little over […]


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Real Constraints

On a post entitled “Why Apple Doesn’t Do Concept Products“, the author “Kontra” writes this passage: It turns out that when capable designers are given real constraints for real products they can end up creating great results. While the post is about much more, I found that one line worth the read. We live in […]


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Moving Time

After being with eapps hosting on a Fedora Core 1 box for way too long I finally got the itch to move to a Cent OS 5 box. After contacting their billing department and finding out the particulars I had a new VPS system to migrate to. During my off time from work I managed […]


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Launchd and the Keychain

I’ve been writing some software for the Mac to run under launchd. My program is a background utility that needs access to the user’s keychain to do part of its work. The program ran fine during the development process when started from the shell, but as soon as I hooked it up to launchd, it […]


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NYK: MLB Trade Deadlines

Love sports, especially team sports like football and baseball. Football is my favorite, but I’ve developed a like for baseball in recent years… too many Friday nights at the VFW singing Karaoke and watching the Red Sox play I guess. I’m even in my second seaon of Fantasy Baseball. At any rate I followed the […]


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