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It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on the blog. I’m planning on posting more often in the future, but I’ve said that in the past, so who knows what will happen. Not to make excuses, but I have been busy of late, launching a new website for a client and moving my […]

Prototype Ajax success()

I ran across what I believe to be a bug in Prototype last week. It has to do with the Ajax.Request.success() method which indicates if a given ajax request was successful or not, based on the http status code. I’m currently developing against v1.5.1.1 and in that version of Prototype the success function looks like […]

Beautiful Ruby Code?

STRP has an excellent analysis of Tim Bray’s chapter in Beautiful Code. I can’t believe someone (even of Bray’s stature) has the gall to say stuff like “If you don’t know Ruby, learning it will probably make you a better programmer“. I’ll remind myself to either skip that chapter or read it knowing it is […]

Sports Blackouts Are Stupid

I don’t understand the concept of sports blackouts. For those of you who don’t watch sports on TV, a blackout is when a sporting event is not televised in the market that it is taking place in. The only possible reason for this would be to encourage people to attend the game live. But I […]

Google – Customer Service for the 21st Century

Considering I’ll have a lot more to capture on video come August, I decided to look into purchasing a camcorder several weeks ago. I read some reviews, went to a few stores and generally did my research. I ended up deciding on the JVC Enverio line of HDD products. JVC has been building hard drive […]

My Latest Program

Here’s something I’ve been working on for a little while…. #include <mammal.h> class Human : public Mammal {   friend Human &operator+(const Human &a, const Human &b)   {     return pro_create(a, b);   } } int main(int argc, char **argv){   Human andrea();   Human tim();   Human x = tim + andrea;   cout

Silly Customer Retention Policy

So in the last few weeks I’ve experienced two examples of inane customer retention policy which basically goes something like this. As soon as the customer looks like he is going to leave, start spamming him with emails, snail mail, and phone calls to try to get him to stay. The first example is […]

Summer Fun

Well, I’ve been slacking off in writing here for the last month or so. Between an Alaskan Cruise and visit from the nephews, this July has been extremely busy. Add to my increased frequency of posts to and you can see why July has been a non restful summer month. Let’s hope I get […]

Crazy Couple of Months

As I mentioned a while back I quit my job at the beginning of January to take a break and check out the market. I wasn’t really sure how it was all going to work out, considering the last time I was unemployed (back in 2003) I was out of work for 6 months. As […]


So, I haven’t been writing much lately because I’ve been hitting the pavement looking for new work. I decided to leave my previous job and see what I could find for myself. There seems to be lots out there. So far I’ve had a couple of offers, but nothing solid has come along. I did […]