1. 46

    Another year behind me. Not a bad year.

    I picked up a new client this year, and reduced my time spent working with the client I've had for the past couple of years. The new client provides opportunities for more interesting work. I've been able to do more mobile and …

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  2. My Setup

    I'm a fan of The Setup, a website containing interviews with people about the tools they use to do their jobs. It is just "productivity porn", but I find it interesting.

    As a tribute, here is my own "interview" for The Setup, using the standard four questions. I don't expect …

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  3. 20 Years Ago

    It was 20 years ago this month that I graduated from college and got my first professional programming job. It has me reminiscing about what the computer programming profession was like before the Internet.

    I had used the Internet in college. However, back then we didn't have web browsers. We …

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  4. Cold Science Fiction

    I read a lot of science fiction (SF) in my adolescent and teenage years, but I got bored with it in college, and stopped reading it. Actually, I didn't get bored, I got annoyed with it. At the time, I couldn't describe exactly what it was that was annoying me …

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  5. 45

    It's another one of those "5" years. I'm now halfway to 90. 90 sounds old, but once upon a time, 45 sounded old too.

    The year has not been easy. We lost my maternal grandmother, Ann Woods, in August. I have many good memories of time spent with her up …

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  6. The Apple Store Needs a Checkout Counter

    The Apple Store is a great place to go if you want to play with new Apple products or get help at the Genius Bar. But if you go there to buy something, the experience is confusing and humiliating.

    Everyone knows how the process of buying something at a store …

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  7. Why I Loved The Social Network

    I'm writing this the night before the Oscars, but that is not why I'm writing. I only saw three of the films nominated for Best Picture: The King's Speech, True Grit, and The Social Network. While I enjoyed The King's Speech and True Grit,, I haven't thought about them since …

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  8. 44

    Another year past. Highlights of the past year:

    We've acquired two more dogs this year: "Blitz," a Miniature Schnauzer, and "Lucy," one of a litter of puppies from our Yorkies Boo and Tweezer. This brings the total to five. We gave away four puppies from two litters this year. One …

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  9. New Job, Old Job

    For the last seven years, I've been working with a company that does gaming-related stuff (lotteries, casinos, race tracks). I worked for a few years as an employee, and later as a contractor. Like all jobs, it's had its ups and downs, but on the whole it was a good …

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  10. Thoughts on the iPad

    I like the iPad. A few friends and acquaintances accuse me of being stupid and easily fascinated by sparkly objects. Rather than have the same argument over and over again, I'm writing all my thoughts and predictions here. I will speak no further on the subject until I actually own …

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