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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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Linux on Laptops: FAIL

In Ubuntu 10.10 on the Lenovo Thinkpad T401s, I wrote about my new work laptop and how happy I was to have it. Oh, how times have changed! TL;DR There seem to be some funky kernel/driver issues in recent kernels … Continue reading

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Tools and Technology I’d Like To Use

This is a short list of technology and tools that I’ve been looking at off and on over the last few months and would like to try out to solve real problems (not just toy projects). RabbitMQ, because queuing make … Continue reading

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