Category: Technology

Upgrades

I’ve been bitten in the ass by an upgrade to the WordPress install on this site. Upgrade they say, it’ll be easy they say. Up until you realize that you have to upgrade everything else in your installation...

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Getting away from Java

At Insurance.com, neé ComparisonMarket, we did a lot of work on a pretty normal Microsoft stack of software. At the end, it was mostly based on C# with bits of C++ that were still leaking through from the code that we originally...

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Cheating at Wordscapes

Jackie was playing Wordscapes, the game that has seemingly addicted too many people. I was helping her out for a while, then I decided to, well, cheat. Cheat using an unlikely tool: Mathematica! The first command sets up the...

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Vivaldi

Every year or so I decide to try another search engine or browser and try it out for a week or so. Normally I’m not able to last a full week because whatever I’m working with just sucks so badly in the ways I’m...

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Redundancy FTW

I’ve had a Drobo running since 2015 up in my closet dutifully keeping data spinning on the five drives inside of it. Yesterday, while I was dealing with all the crap from my accident, I looked at the Drobo and it had a red...

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Apple Watch – Series 4

I already wrote on Friday that I picked up the new iPhone XS from the Apple Store. While there I checked out the new S4 Apple Watch. I didn’t pre-order it so of course, they had none for me to purchase. I had a Series 2...

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New Phone Day

Today I picked up the new iPhone XS. If I wasn’t on a plan when I give my phone to Ennie every year, I don’t think that this phone is really worth the upgrade. Objectively is it a better phone? Yes, it is. It feels...

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Effective Antipatterns

My team has an “Effective Java Book Club” where we go over the book “Effective Java (3rd edition)” a few items at a time every couple of weeks. This is from Item 34 of that book. Whatever you do,...

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WiFi Switcheroo

I’ve been having some issues with the Apple AirPort WiFi hubs that I’ve had working for ages here at the Burgyán compound… random drop-outs and stuff like that. I’ve had to reboot the network a couple of...

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