A near (computer) death experience

It’s amazing the things that can cause a lump in your throat. Say, for instance, your computer not booting.

Tonight I was trouble-shooting a trackball I thought to be dead, and I went to plug it in to a USB port on the front of my work computer. I …

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Starting up at a Startup

After being out of full-time work for 17 business days, I’m starting up a full time job! I’m going to be doing, as I have been for the past 2.5 years, programming and system administration. My title is still in flux, but my duties will be a …

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You’re using what!?

Yet another reason I will avoid PHP at all costs. The head developers of PHP have decided, after much discussion, to make the back-slash the name-space separator when referencing classes. Thats’s right, this\is\a\tree\valid\variable. I’m sorry, a back-slash? This will create no end of …

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Job Hunting

So, due to lack of projects at my current employer, I might be getting laid off come Wednesday. Not the news one wants to hear. :)

If anyone has any leads for telecommuting tech jobs, please let me know. There is a link to my resume at the right of this …

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Don’t use Brightline Compliance

As part of yearly compliance, I have to go through some sort of training on sexual harassment. (Yes, even though I work at home and can’t really harass anyone.) I don’t particularly mind, it’s not that onerous. What I do mind, however, is having to redo sections …

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Encouraging strong passwords

Passwords are a part of life. They’re needed, but they’re a pain. But their ubiquity often leads users to create short, or otherwise easily-guessable passwords. Not good.

I recently signed up for an account on oDesk, a site for connecting IT free-lancers and service-providers, and those looking for …

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Relative Difficulty

The other day, at work, we were working on setting up an automated qurk-and-dirty back up for some files from one Linux box to another. The link was a long distance one (from a data center in Dallas to our office in Anchorage). The solution was simple and elegant:

On …

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