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Ten Months with a Luggable Server: The Dell M6500

April 3, 2011

According to Dell, my Precision M6500 shipped around May 15th of 2010, which seems right to me. It has been pretty satisfying, but not without bumps.
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Must-Have Apps for My Droid-X

September 30, 2010

I’ve had the Droid-X since July; long enough to settle into a groove as far as applications go. These are my go-to apps; the ones I would recommend without hesitation.

Note that these apps are not all free; after spending $200 for a phone and $60/month for the phone, spending $5 for an app doesn’t bother me. My logic, doesn’t have to be yours. The links are not links into the Marketplace though most should lead you there eventually. No order or ranking implied, and the prices are merely what I found on the net.
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Can You Program a VCR? Are You Sure?

September 30, 2010

Anybody over say, thirty years old, will remember when VCRs ruled the TV recording roost. They were magical machines, allowing you to record your favorite shows at will, and then re-watch them while mostly skipping the commercials. Truly cool. Life changing. Amazing.

But do you remember what your parents (or perhaps your grandparents) reaction was? Do you remember how hard it was to teach them how to use the remotes? How you couldn’t easily explain that there was a separate tuner in the VCR, allowing them to record one channel while watching another? Some of you laughed at their confusion. Some of you no doubt cried in frustration.

In the end we are all tech support for someone, I suppose.

But do you recall the single defining visual of “old people” and their VCR’s?
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iPhone to Droid X: Lots More Good Than Bad

August 10, 2010

It’s been almost 4 weeks now since I left my iPhone behind for a launch day Droid X. I gave my quick impressions earlier; now I want to dive a little deeper.

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Your iPhone — The Time to Jailbreak is Now!

May 14, 2010

I’ve dabbled in jailbreaking my iPhone a couple times, with varying luck. When I had a 3G, despite trying several times, I only got it to boot jailbroken once. Usually it failed somewhere and got hung followed by a looong restore process. Since I need to use the phone this got old in a hurry.

The the Spirit hit me. And it was good!
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DVCS’s Are Nice, But No Shame in SVN

May 5, 2010

Distributed Version Control Systems are quite popular, filling a need in this day of on-the-go and far-flung development teams. You can trace their history back quite a ways into proprietary solutions, but DVCS systems really gained traction when Linus Torvalds (of Linux, er, fame? goodness? godhood?) wrote git to manage Linux kernel development.

But if you’re still using Subversion, you’re far, far from alone. And in a lot of cases there are reasons not to switch.
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Book Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

April 20, 2010

Last week, my wife and I had the rare opportunity to go to the movies. In the lost haze of time, before breeding, we used to go to the movies all the time. Nowadays it is a real undertaking, involving babysitting, meal prep, timing, and luck. Takes luck for there to be a decent movie to see.

Hot-Tub Time Machine was last weeks’ choice, and we regretted it. It is not The Hangover. And John Cusack is drifting into tiresome poserhood. Really mediocre.

There was one other movie we thought about, but we couldn’t make the timing work. A foreign film, which got incredible reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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