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Smart Appliances? I think not…

There’s been a lot of talk lately about adding various “smarts” to our everyday durable goods: things like refrigerators, cars, TVs, dishwashers, etc. You know, the kind of things you only buy every 10-15 years or when they’ve become too … Continue reading

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The Broken Permissions Model in Android Apps as Illustrated by Facebook

A couple days ago I was informed that the Facebook app on my Samsung Galaxy S3 wanted to update. But it needed me to agree to some additional permissions for the app. I clicked the button to see what they … Continue reading

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Additions to a Fresh Windows 7 Installation

I recently found myself shuffling computers around a bit.  And since it’s useful to have a functional Windows box on hand, I installed Windows 7 on an older desktop in my office.  (Installing from an original Win7 DVD was entertaining–the … Continue reading

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C-130 Taking a run at the Rim Fire

Shot from the Pine Mountain Lake Marina earlier today (August 22nd). The next photo is a picture of a plume that blew up east of Pine Mountain Lake Airport.

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Coursera on-line classes and the future of learning…

Ten years from now a “college education” is going to look radically different from when I went to school. And I think that’s a good thing, especially when you consider the skyrocketing costs of “higher education” and the miserable job … Continue reading

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iPad and Wireless Keyboard

In the last year or so, I’ve been working to reduce my computer inventory so that I spend less time administering things and more time actually using them. As part of that, Kathleen and I recently got new iPads (the … Continue reading

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Speaking at Percona MySQL Conference and Sphinx Search Day

I’m happy to see that the vacuum created by O’Reilly Media dropping the annual MySQL Conference has been filled by the good people at Percona in the form of the Percona MySQL Conference, which is in Santa Clara from April 10-12th. I’ll … Continue reading

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On Good Enough Code

Reading There’s no shame in code that is simply “good enough” (and the discussion on hacker news), I find myself strongly agreeing. I have this system I built about 3 years ago at craigslist. Since then it has been extended … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Beach

Christmas on the Beach

Shot just south of Morro Bay, California.

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A Post Per Day in 2011

I’ve recently become annoyed at myself for not making time to blog more. It’s so easy to get distracted by other things or just waste time. The reality is that I get a lot out of blogging, but I need … Continue reading

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