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Edtech Irony

Our daughter was accepted recently into the private school we were hoping for. I don’t get excited about good news much because I’m an insufferable skeptic, but knowing where she will be going to school afforded us both a big sigh of relief. The irony in this situation is that the institution where we placed […]


Do you eRead?

When people ask if I’m a big reader I usually say not, because typically I assume they mean novels and stories and I just don’t read many of those. However, there are two topics on which I read constantly. One is of course technology, primarily software tech. If you know me, you know I’m a […]

They Are Watching You

Make no mistake; you are being watched. Surely you knew this already. Remember your last trip to a store? Were there not cameras in the sky? Walmart is an example of a store that makes no bones about putting you on video. In their parking lots. Inside stores. Even watching you key your PIN number […]

Climate of Contradiction

“the climate of contradiction that Toyota uses to stimulate creativity and problem solving” (bellware) Aside from being a reasonable tagline for my personality, that line alone has convinced me that I need to do a lot of reading about what people are calling, Lean Software Development. Sorry for the ultra-short post .. I’m too busy […]


My mother has been telling me this for as long as I can remember, but now Microsoft has joined the ranks of those who believe that I am "certifiable". How do I know? Well, like most of my posts, it’s a painfully long story. Throughout my career I’ve had opportunities to work directly and indirectly […]

Trip It, Trip it Good

As discussed previously, my (relatively) new employer is very interested in allowing and helping each of us stay on top of the latest tech and trends in the software industry. So much so that my manager actually sent out an email, unprovoked, in January of this year which included a list of conferences of particular interest and asked which, if any, […]


Helmut Bakaitis

If you’ve never heard the name Helmut Bakaitis before, I’m not surprised. Until a few minutes ago, I hadn’t either. In fact it wasn’t until I decided to look up the actor who played one of the most pivotal characters in The Matrix trilogy that I stumbled upon his name. I also discovered that even though Helmut is an actor, […]

Toddlers to televisions

A while back I wrote about how we wound up with a brand new John Deere riding mower. That was an example of how certain big purchase decisions work out between Crystal and I wherein she expresses her disapproval and I proceed regardless. However, there is another (less contentious) sequence of interactions that also occasionally […]

Writer, unblocked

A little patience and persistence usually pays off. I had a feeling if I waited a few more days, someone would identify and publicize a work-around for the Live Writer 64-bit issue. Sure enough, here it is. In fact I am writing this post from my Vista x64 workstation using Windows Live Writer Beta 3. […]

Writer's Block

[Update: On 9/14/07 I posted a follow up] Since I started this blog I’ve been using a free tool from Microsoft called Windows Live Writer to do all my authoring and publishing. Live Writer retreives all the style information from your blog so as your composing an entry it looks visually just like it will […]

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