Bringing Back Manufacturing – Agile Style

December 4, 2012

GE is bringing some manufacturing jobs back to the US and finding significant cost savings. Basically they are applying Agile processes to creating water heaters. The GeoSpring suffered from an advanced-technology version of “IKEA Syndrome.” It was so hard to assemble that no one in the big room wanted to make it. Instead they redesigned […]

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Chef Solo Demo Video

December 2, 2012

Chef is a tool that lets you manage your server infrastructure in a way that is similar to the way you manage your code using version control. You can even test your chef configuration using tools like Cucumber. In 6.5 minute demo, I’ll show you how to use chef solo (chef without a central server) […]

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October 29, 2012

My 3 year old son was very disappointed with the early voting process…mainly because he thought were were going boating.

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Article Limits on News Sites

April 28, 2012

Today I decided to take a look at the New York Times website for the first time in several years. I probably read one or two articles there each month, but only when I find the link from another source, but I haven’t gone to the site to look for news for quite a while. […]

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Why You Need Domain Knowledge

February 9, 2012

This is the Feinwerkbau P11 Piccolo Air Pistol. It costs somewhere around $1,500 and looks like it is mainly designed for people doing competition. The black barrel is what shoots the pellet and the silver barrel is the compressed air. If you have a gun that runs on compressed air, it would be nice to […]

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Connecting Visual VM to Tomcat 7

February 5, 2012

Connecting Visual VM to a remote instance of Tomcat 7 is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is add some options to JAVA_OPTS turning on JMX, specifying how you want to handle security and setting the hostname. While it is easy to get it up and running, there are quite a few steps to […]

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Selling 10,000 Copies of Evernote Essentials.

December 31, 2011

If you have any interest in selling something online, take a look at Lessons Learned from Selling Evernote Essentials where Brett Kelly talks about selling his first 10,000 copies of his ebook about Evernote. (Also check out his tech podcast.)

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To Give Or Not To Give

December 23, 2011

Jordan Visco had an interesting post discussed at Hacker News where said he was starting to consider giving to beggars. I found this interesting because I’ve typically given to beggars in the past and I’m starting to think I should stop. Jordan wondered what would happen if every time someone begged, people would surround them and give […]

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Some Interesting Online Music Making Tools

December 13, 2011

Online music making tools – It is pretty amazing what you can do from within a browser now days.

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WebOS to go Open Source

December 9, 2011

HP’s WebOS is going Open Source. WebOS is the descendant of BeOS which is what Haiku is attempting to replicate. Edit: That may be incorrect. BeOS might have found it’s way into Palm Cobalt, but I can’t find anything saying it was used in WebOS.

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Android Daylight Savings Time Change

November 6, 2011

My Sprint Android Nexus S had a problem with the time zone change last night. Not only did it set the time back by an hour (possibly based on the carrier signal), but it also switched from Central Time To Mountain Time. I am able to fix the problem by unchecking the “Automatic – use […]

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Apple Keyboard and Leaky Batteries

October 21, 2011

I have an Apple wireless keyboard where the batteries slide into a tube. The batteries corroded and I can’t get them out. The only part of the battery that can be seen is the bottom of one of them. The plastic is black and the metal has two small bumps on it about the size of a […]

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Power and Leadership

October 21, 2011

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln (source)

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Too Much Reading

October 16, 2011

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. ~Albert Einstein This is an interesting thought from Einstein. Reading is usually a good thing and modern society reads far to little. […]

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Google Code Search

October 14, 2011

Google is killing off Code Search. This was an extremely useful tool for programmers because you could easily look up public code to show you how to use a library or solve a particular problem. Koders and Kurgle appear to be alternatives, but don’t seem to be nearly as comprehensive.

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Bit by Git Bug

October 2, 2011

Here is a story of someone who found a bug in Git that overwrote his data. Of course his development process involved coding for three days without checking any code in locally and then doing a pull before committing any of his changes.

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