When marketing gets ahead of engineering

Bob (from marketing): I have this great new idea for our product!

Joe (from engineering): Lay it on me!

Bob: Let’s make our product easier to use! People will love it!

Joe: OK, we’ll need three months to develop and test that feature.

Bob: Great! We’ll start …

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Chaining SSH Connections

Today I was trying to figure out how to ssh into one system, and then automatically ssh into another system. The logical way:

ssh user@outside_host "user@inside_host"

wasn’t working. The logs on both inside and outside hosts would show a connection, but I would get no prompt. I …

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Looking for work again

So, my contract with WordStream has ended, and I am now in the ranks of the unemployed. If you know of any programming or system administration positions you could point me to, that would be greatly appreciated!

My resume is linked over on the right side of this page. Feel …

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Be Careful Who You Prank

I had this conversation this morning via a random AOL IM sent to me:

(10:09:04) AtypicalCoho: If you respond with an away message containing a phone number, I will laugh… then rickroll you by phone. (10:10:08) Me: I am not available. If you need to contact …

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Get a better one

Last January, coming home from my Boston trip, I was sitting in Chicago O’Hare aiport, desperately searching for free wifi, when I looked at my kernel log messages. But, what to my frustrated eyes should appear, than another example of the humor of Open Source developers, specifically, the developers …

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Building Python Eggs with C Extensions on Windows

I recently had the task of building Python Eggs on Windows that had C extensions. I did the usual googling, and found a few HOWTOs, but nothing I could find was very concise and straightforward. So, I present to you a very concise, very straightforward guide.

Setting up the Build …

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