Monthly Archives: May 2011

Software Copyrights

With the proliferation of lawsuits regarding the copyright infringement of electronic media, I came across this comic while reading this article about the recent PSN hacking and subsequent service outage. I personally find the “security” via DRM to be ridiculous.  … Continue reading

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The State of Education

A little while ago, a friend of mine posted the following comment on facebook: We need year-round school to compete globally: This is a common argument that the only way to compete against schools globally is to go to school … Continue reading

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Learning To Program

Walk into any bookstore, and you’ll see how to Teach Yourself Java in 7 Days alongside endless variations offering to teach Visual Basic, Windows, the Internet, and so on in a few days or hours … The conclusion is that … Continue reading

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Programmer Tasks Defined

What are the most common tasks performed by a corporate programmer?  There is a list posted here. Particularly appropriate, in my mind are the following items from the list: Explaining downtime to users/higher ups Contributing solutions to strangers’ problems Searching … Continue reading

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MySQL Type Performance (varchar vs text)

Great article about the difference between the varchar type and the text type in MySQL. To quote (emphasis added): [L]et’s start out with the two new VARCHAR(30000) columns.  In a normal MyISAM table, with a dynamically sized row, these two … Continue reading

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Comics and Doing Your Best

So I absolutely love the web comic xkcd.  Admittedly, sometimes, their comics are a little crass and crude.  Those I usually just skip.  But today’s comic has a very appropriate speech given by “Zombie Marie Curie”.  In essence, don’t strive … Continue reading

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