July 21, 2011

Spam

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Most, if not all of you at some point have received your fair share of spam, and i don’t mean the meat.  Now spam comes in multiple formats and delivery methods.  You’ve got your get cheap drugs spam, dietary supplement spam, pornographic spam, the “enlarge/increase ….” spam.  Something for everyone. With the popularity of social media, […]

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July 20, 2011

What is J2EE/JEE?

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In the past couple of months my interaction with recruiters, placement agencies, head hunters and just other IT folks has increased as I have been looking for a new job, new contracts, new potential clients.  Having a relatively strong background in Java ( 10 years of having seen everything from distributed services via RMI, low […]

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June 21, 2011

Scripting Layer 4 Android

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Last week I wanted to try out some of the touted “customization abilities” and ease of development of the Android platform for developers.  Being a hacker at heart, I had to give it a shot. I wasn’t yet ready to fully throw myself into full on app development yet, mostly due to time constraints, and […]

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June 13, 2011

Story Points. Are they just an illusion?

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I am a very strong supporter of agile development, as my teams have had very strong success in the past.  I have noticed however that point estimates have become very “uncool” in the past 6 months, give or take a couple months.  The reason this seems to be happening, is that management still wants time […]

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May 19, 2011

Jenkins, Rails, Code Coverage + a gotcha

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I’m the type of technologist that messes around with a lot of different technologies, some for fun, some to help out friends, and sometime for profit. Recently, I came across a mix of all 3. Here is the context: Private Github repository Rails application Jenkins/Hudson CI ( from here on out, i’ll call it Jenkins, […]

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April 30, 2011

an IPhone, the experiment

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For the last six months, I have been an IPhone user.  Yes, yes I know, anyone who knows me is saying “what? the Linux guy turning into an apple fanboi?”  Not quite,  the phone is a company phone.  The phone is a black IPhone 4G.  I must admit, it was a pretty cool phone.  I […]

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April 20, 2011

anyone have a career compass?

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Now as anyone who has read the earlier posts to this blog, I am in the process of seeking new employment.  Part of this whole ordeal has required me to re-evaluate what direction I would like to focus my career on.  I’ve worked in Big Business, I’ve taken my stab at startups, and have had […]

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April 8, 2011

Securing an FTP server on Ubuntu

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As some of you might notice i setup a new blog recently, and with that, the most important thing needs to be dealt with, backups.  My blog is running WordPress, and i used one of the numerous backup plugins from the repository.  One of those options for backup is FTP of the files.  I like […]

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March 31, 2011

Unemployment

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For the first time in my career ( about 12 years ), I have found myself unemployed.  It wasn’t a matter of poor performance, bad management, conflicts at work. The company behind mine ( the money guy as they say ) decided that it was no longer a viable option to have a montreal office […]

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