June 27, 2011

Canada Post and CUPW

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Ok, I’m not necessarily going to pick specifically on Canada Post or their union, just unions in general. Unlike most people in the IT profession, I’ve had the “pleasure” of working for a union before.  Not in IT, but during one of those character building summer jobs, in a steel mill.  During my time there […]

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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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June 8, 2011

best of friends

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Or maybe not. Everyone of us growing up has probably heard the expression, “fighting like cats and dogs”.  Well this comes from the idea that cats can’t get along with dogs, probably due to dogs being more playful than cats. The only comment that I need to say to this, is apparently they didn’t have […]

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June 7, 2011

Shaving product reviews

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I’ve been in contact recently with BlueBeard’s revenge shaving products ( http://www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk ) , about possibly doing a product review for them.  They are a newish company in the men’s shaving product arena, and their market approach for the moment seems to focus on social media. So when I saw a tweet message go by, […]

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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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May 18, 2011

Napkins as an indicator for restaurants?

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I started writing this post a while back, and due to time constraints, it got put on hold for a while.  This is a topic that I have been relatively vocal about in my surroundings, and finally decided to put it down on (virtual) paper. When going out to a restaurant, you look for a […]

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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 13, 2011

In(out)-laws

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We have just survived another visit. I have the pleasure of “receiving” my father-in-law every year. I use the word visit very very loosely.  I don’t want to over generalize, but most people seem to complain about their in-laws in some way or another, they meddle too much, they try to control, etc.  Mine is […]

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