Feb 13
If you listen to Glenn Beck and have heard his ads for ExtremeBeam flashlights, you probably want to buy one. I did too. Fortunately I did a little googling and found that better (or comparable) flashlights are available for way less. For instance, I wanted the ExtremeBeam M4 Scirrako which they want $60 for.So, I looked up its deets and found that it is pretty much an XM-L T6 flashlight but has a much lower lumen rating than its competition. READ THAT? A lesser beam for a premium price!So I bought this for $9.79 INCLUDING SHIPPING! which is a BETTER FLASHLIGHT for way less.Actually I scrolled down a bit and bought the 2-pack with the big one and a tiny one for $13.83.This isn't an ad... I really wrote this; though it seems addy.http://www.... [More]
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Aug 28
This is a site that I use every time I build a new PC. Unfortunately I always forget its name and have to Google for it for a few minutes in order to find it again. Hence this post. Now, I'll just go to my own website and look for it.

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Jul 22
This is a response to a question posted on Linked In. The question was, "Are development methodologies such as Agile, hurting the industry in the long run?" You can read the entire discussion here... http://lnkd.in/YN9eQX Jeff Stokes Du Bose, one of my favorite posters on the Linked In software development discussion boards, had a very well considered response, which I have re-posted here without permission. If you want to read the original post, follow the above link. I post it here for my own selfishness, in case the discussion is ever archived. [More]
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Jun 20
Men's Wearhouse fires George Zimmer... I stopped shopping at Men's Wearhouse years ago. Everytime I go in there they treat me like a fool. I did go in there last week, looking for a linen sportcoat. I was looking for something like this... http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/72773?feat=linen%20blazer-SR0&page=classic-linen-blazer [More]
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Feb 23
I am spending about a month in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, and Avis gave me a 2013 Chrysler 200 for my stay here. Normally I drive a late model Infiniti FX-35. In all of my many travels I have not yet had a chance to encounter a car as nice as mine. It should come as no surprise then that the Chrysler 200 also fails the test. However, plasticy as it may bethe Chrysler 200 comes closest so far. The 200 has many of the luxury accoutrements that the Infiniti does (though not all) and is an overall comfortable, and performant vehicle. If I had to live the rest of my life with a Chrysler 200, It wouldn't be too bad. My biggest complaints are that the wheels are cheap (already being scratched up and dinged by the Canadian winter before I got it), and... [More]
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Jan 17
I use Discus on my website in order to provide comments and control comment spam. Today, when posting I noticed this message... So I gather that Discus is no longer supporting Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8. That's a strange development.
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Jan 14
My new software security job with HP/Fortify requires me to travel quite a bit. I used to carry my laptop in a backpack, but I worked in jeans, a T-shirt, and flip-flops. Now I have to dress a bit nicer, and wear sportcoats, slacks and sometimes even ... SUITS! A backpack over a suit is tres' gauche, and a bit uncomfortable. I searched a while for a good solution and liked the McKlein line of rolling laptop cases because the wheels could be easily removed, leaving the leather bits to be carried like a fat briefcase. The McKlein Chicago also came with an extra, smaller briefcase that fits my 17" Macbook Pro and all of its accessories perfectly, The McKlein will easily carry two laptops, so I bought it. Unfortunately it didn't arrive in time... [More]
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Jan 04
Right at the end of the year, I got a new laptop from my employer. It's an HP Elitebook 8570W that is configured pretty much to the max. The one thing they didn't max out is my memory. The lappy came with only 8GB of DDR3 RAM, but I wanted more in order to effectively run Virtual machines via VMWare Workstation. I discovered that it was easy and cheap to order a 16GB upgrade kit for this computer from Crucial... http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=7B13F803A5CA7304 Which was at the time I ordered it, $81. It was cheap enough and easy enough to order that I just paid for it myself, and didn't bother to create an IT ticket in order to get an upgrade kit for the memory on a NEW laptop. The memory came in a few days ago. I expec... [More]
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Jan 04
I got a new laptop at the end of the year. While configuring it (I'm a bit of a power-user and like my laptops configured in a specific way) I tried to remove the onerous "require password when the computer awakens". Unfortunately the domain of my company had enforced the policy. Drag. I use a severely complex password in order to provide real security. It's not a sentence, or an array of sentence letters, or anything in any way related to me. It in fact is a generated password that looks something like this...  "g4JGmU{Y2xX". That one is NOT my password. It's just another generated one based on the same algorithm as the one that I generated before. Anyway, as you can see, entering that password over and over again, is pure hell. ... [More]
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Oct 15
For those of you who don't know, October is THE month for pumpkin pie pumpkins. If you like Pumpkin pies, then you most likely have been raised on pies made from canned pumpkin. While it's sad, it's also instructive. Pumpkin pie pumpkins are only a small sliver of the pumpkin growing industry. Most of the pumpkin growing industry is dedicated to the growing of the big pumpkins used for throwaway Jack-O-Lanterns. Pumpkin pie pumpkins are very small and very sweet pumpkins that are only available for a very short period of time from early October until mid to late October. BUY THEM WHEN YOU SEE THEM! The pie pumpkins should cost about $2 each and they will keep for about two months. The best thing to do is buy them when they are ripe, gut and... [More]
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