Does source code have feelings?

I was having lunch the other day with a longtime member of the open source community, when i happen to mention, "well, it isn’t like source code has feelings.  it doesn’t care how it gets used, modified or cloned. it’s just code."  Um, yeah, talk about awkward moments. It wasn’t necessary an "open mouth insert…

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Turkey Day Katrina Style

Yeah, way behind on blogging…. Not much to report in terms of progress in Waveland’s recovery since this summer.  Running out of propane in one’s FEMA trailer was not fun, bringing the temp inside the winterized trailer to 41 degrees.  The temps back home right now swing wildly from 80 degrees to 40 degrees in…

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Thinkweek paper submitted!

Despite the snow storms and the recent power outages, both Josh and I were able to get our thinkweek papers submitted on time, as we had typed away on Saturday afternoon in one of the Microsoft cafe’s that had power.  Yeah, I absolutely refused to fumble the football on the 1 yard line after a 99…

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My Karate Kata Video finally Posted

Here’s the link to my individual kata video.  Note that this isn’t the event we had been training the 9 months for.  That’s another video, which i hope to post, well, um, yeah, as soon as i can, considering this only took me 2 months to post =) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD_nhXbktyc Nothing like feeling the tape under your feet during…

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Guess who’s back, back again – but with a scrolling LED belt bucklet this time!

Hey party people, Yeah, it’s been a while.  I’m surprised no one has caught on that whenever i’m away from blogging, it ususally means i’m absolutely swamped with work because there’s something really cool i’ve been doing.  I’ve been working on improving our processes for how we (Visual Studio / Developer Division) share source code. …

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Karate Tournament Results

View Photos – I hope to have the video of our team kata and my individual kata posted this weekend. We took 1st place in the Women’s Team Kata.  It was really close, as the second place team did a fantastic job of Jion perfectly synch’ed.  We did Gojushiho Sho, which is a more difficult…

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FSKA VIII World Karate Tournament this weekend!

I’m competing in the FSKA World Karate Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend in Individual Kata and Team Kata.  We (the team) have been training every Saturday morning at 7am since March 25th.  I am so excited that this date has finally come.  Team kata is where three people do the kata at the exact…

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Answer to Tech Support Quiz

The long awaited answer…. Yep, a KVM switch box was involved, but there were additional coincidences that contributed to the situation. Several weeks before, when i installed Vista on the desktop, i customized it to my favorite layouts, like the bonzai tree and the bamboo wallpaper.  (note how i did the exact same customizations on…

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Pop Quiz: How good are you at technical support?

I enjoy telling this story of these unfortunate events as a technical support quiz.  Makes me feel a little better about myself. The game is you have to guess what happened or what set of questions you would ask to narrow down the problem space.  There are no prizes for figuring it out, besides the…

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Hint to the Tech Support Quiz

Alrighty, need a hint?  So did i on Monday. Okay, i undock my laptop and to my complete and total surprise, Vista continues to stare right at me.  I look down at my laptop thinking, “How is Vista still displaying my laptop on the monitor, even though i’ve undocked it.  Is this some new wi-fi…

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