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Musing about software, servers, and the awful, awful mess that is technology.

A Six Dollar Keyboard

2016-10-08_15-08-26_143So the last time around when I got the deals email from Monoprice.com, the subject mentioned their new “essentials” keyboard for $5.99 USD. That’s right, 6 bucks for a keyboard.

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On the topic of the Less-Motivated Worker

You’ve probably by now heard the story behind Talia Jane getting canned from Yelp for writing a public letter about her compensation (or lack thereof) somehow not realizing that’s pretty much the worst way possible to ask for a raise. If not, you can read that here.

Now that you’ve gotten that in, read this response from Stephanie Williams, detailing why Talia Jane isn’t getting ahead in life in painstaking detail while describing her own problems getting ahead as a younger professional with a similar degree.

I’m trying not to sit in judgement of Talia here; her situation looks to be a bad case of someone who has either no idea what they’re worth, or no idea how to make it happen. I have a strong instinct that she either never actually had the gumption to ask for a raise, or perhaps she did. This is why I’m trying not to judge: I don’t know. However a few things about these two sagas did peak my interest…and so here we are. Continue Reading…

Making the Jump to Windows 10

Kind of.

I mean normally I cast myself as a fan of all things new and shiny but with the release day issues and general shakiness of any new Windows, it’s usually a good idea to stay wary, at least for awhile. I’m happy to say the vast majority of my fears turned out to not be issues at all, and while not my ideal Windows and not the Windows I’m using on my primary machine, I am overall enjoying the experience so far. Continue Reading…

The Advertising Bubble: The Sequel

Awhile back, I wrote this piece: The Advertising Bubble. Then, thanks to Hacker News I found that I’m not the only one with this piece: Is Advertising Morally Justifiable? The Importance of Protecting Our Attention by Thomas Wells. It’s a bit word heavy but if you can get through it I strongly recommend it. This article goes quite a lot further than I did initially but the spirit is essentially the same: It’s people who are tired of being bombarded by a seemingly never ending stream of product pushing. Continue Reading…

Where’s the trust?

install-ask-toolbar-300x256It’s getting awful crowded in my sky.

Speaking as someone who grew up on computers and the Internet I find myself more and more cringing at the state of tech these days. I don’t think it’s on a decline or anything, despite the jokes that go around the average user I think is getting more and more savvy every year. I mean yeah we still have the ones that think computers come with cupholders in the front, but what’cha gonna do.

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Hide Icons from the Dock in OSX

Annoying little...

Annoying little…

dock_iconI love the way the dock handles your applications in OSX. I really do, it’s a nice way to look down and immediately know about 99% of the stuff running on your system. That said, there are a few things that really don’t belong there.

Regularly, I open photos. Those familiar with OSX know about the Preview app, OSX’s handy built in photo viewer that also does minor editing. The annoying thing is, it’s an app, and so takes a spot on the dock. Why? Continue Reading…

Am I Getting Old?

(A quick apology to everyone for the drought, we’ve been through a move (two, technically, since we split from the parents) and there was a death in the family, my grandfather. May he rest in peace.)

Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be some preachy piece about living life to the fullest. Grandpa was about the best example for doing just that on this Earth, and I left his funeral happy as a clam. Nope, we’re going to talk video games today folks. Continue Reading…

Being Comfortable with Limitations

I was reading an article by one Lyza Gardner, published on A List Apart.  This article, aptly titled Never Heard of It, chronicled Lyza’s inner journey in getting comfortable with the fact that she doesn’t know everything all the time.  It sounds obvious when phrased that way, but many people, especially in tech industries, are hesitant if not outright personally barred from admitting they don’t know about something. Continue Reading…

Welcome

Hello world!

This site is going to be my little corner of the web, to publish interesting things, discuss web development, and perhaps even a little instructional material now and then.  I also have a set of links to what I think are some pretty useful tools, and of course, my professional portfolio.

At the moment the place is pretty bare, and I’m sure I’ll have some bugs to work out of the theme I’ve built.  In the meantime, feel free to follow my Twitter or Facebook profile.  And of course, if you’re a prospective employer, a trip to my LinkedIn profile wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Thanks for reading, I’ll have more here soon!