March 8, 2012

The definitive way to implement a singleton in java

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I’ve been interviewing a bunch of candidates lately ( we are hiring ) for a senior java developer’s position, and i’ve come to realize how far from the basics numerous people have become.  You ask them about some ajax feature, or new app on facebook, etc, they jump at the chance to talk about this, […]

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March 7, 2012

Day programmer vs Night programmer : revisited

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A couple days ago DZone linked to the following article. The author goes on to define a Day programmer as someone who write code for a living, being mostly incompetant at their job, just doing this for a paycheck.  He then goes on to talk about night programmers as the leads of the technological world, […]

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March 2, 2012

Best User Instruction manual ever

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I’ve seen some pretty creative ones over the years, mostly online manuals, but this one has to take the cake.  When I saw this, I couldn’t resist sharing it. The idea of having a step by step guide, available to new users, users who have never had a smart phone.   Take a look for […]

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January 12, 2012

PIPA/SOPA: Stopped they must be; on this all depends.

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Being Canadian, I have no senator, governor or anyone else to write to about stopping PIPA/SOPA.  All I have is my lonely blog and my free speech, so this is me showing my support.  SOPA/PIPA can and most likely mean the end for several of the “open” communities that we use around the web, including […]

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January 11, 2012

Layoffs: The execution

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Layoffs are unfortunately a part of most industries, and the technology sector ( or department ) is no different, in fact we are often some of the first to be hit. The execution of the layoffs ( pun intended ) is the actual delivery of the message, both to those being laid off, as well […]

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January 9, 2012

Layoffs: how to know where to cut

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The motivation behind this post is two recent series of layoffs I have been witness to.  One in my former employer’s ranks, and one in my current employer’s ranks.  These are not the first layoffs i’ve seen, I was witness back in 2000~2001 when the dot com bubble burst, and saw quite a few back […]

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December 1, 2011

Building your A team

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A couple days ago, I came across a blog entry that talked about building your A Team. An A Team is, for me, a list of individuals that you can feel comfortable surrounding yourself with, and that things will get done, well. These are usually people you’ve worked with before, and they are the people […]

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October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: the man, the inspiration, the icon

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To those of you who know me well, you will probably be surprised by this post, but some things transcend preference, and affect us all. I am not a big fan of most Apple products, and have had questionable doubt about Apple’s practices in the past ( and even some of the more recent ones […]

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October 4, 2011

Nexus S/Android review

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Back in May i was faced with replacing my IPhone4 with another mobile device. The reason i needed to change was that i was changing jobs and the phone was a company phone. Being in Canada, i was going to get screwed by the astronomical prices we have here no matter what, so it wasn’t […]

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August 22, 2011

Easing the pain of Database maintenance on android

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I’ve been working on a couple android apps for the past couple weeks, and have gone through some of the “new platform” growing pains.  Not that Android is the problem, just the changing from a platform/framework that I am familiar with, to something new and exciting.  This post won’t cover how to use a database, […]

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