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Social Engineering approach to collecting from deadbeat ebay winners
You just sold something on e-bay and now the winner won't pay up. What do you do? I'm not sure what the legality of this kind of Social Engineering hack is, but I believe you've got to give it points for elegance. Here's the link to the post (I can't find the original Reddit post.) Reddit user "BadgerMatt" (we'll call him Matt for short) recently posted a story about how he tried to sell tickets to a sporting event on eBay, but when the auction was won the winning bidder backed out ......

Posted On Friday, December 17, 2010 7:59 AM

Interesting conversation about the nature of info-wars
Over at Schlock Mercenary, Howard Taylor has started a facinating conversation on the nature of Info-Wars. As Howard puts it: Somebody (I forget who) tweeted that the Wikileaks fight right now is the first infowar in history. I disagree. I think we've fought numerous infowars in the last fifteen years. And that's really what I want to see discussed in the comments. We can argue right and wrong until the eCows come but nobody is going to walk away convinced. I want to see a list of information-age ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:08 AM

Setting up Squeeze Pages on Geeks With Blogs
In recent years I have fallen in love with marketing and I'm wondering if anyone has successfully implemented a squeeze page on their GeeksWithBlogs page? What is a squeeze page you ask? It's a simple tool used by marketers to collect your first name, your e-mail address so that they can put you on their list and give you stuff. People put themselves on your list because they find value in what you are saying and they want to be notified when you have more ......

Posted On Sunday, November 28, 2010 9:54 PM

Scrum Coach seeking NJ Agile Users Group during the week of November 8 - 10
I'm going to be in Middletown NJ during the second week of November and I'm interesting in finding any Agile Engineering, Scrum, XP, Lean, or dotNet users groups in the area that is meeting the evening of the 8th, 9th, or 10th. Lastly, if no one comes up with anything, then I'll start the first Geekus Con Livus impromptu agile users group, in which I announce a place, show up, and drink coffee or beer with whoever shows up. I'm now waiting for your (tasteful) suggestions ......

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2010 8:19 PM

Using Thinking Rock in a Dropbox folder on WinXP

I’m not going to get much into what Thinking Rock and GTD are; this article assumes that you are familiar with both and have been having issues with trying to use Thinking Rock on a USB key and would like a better way.

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2010 7:11 PM

Projet Doneness and Einstein's Razor
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Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:55 PM

Using Wordpress as a client to GeeksWithBlogs

I am really missing the tools in wordpress, that seem to be absent from GeeksWithBlogs [GWB].


The biggest two are being able to store drafts and being able to set a publish date.


I have done a little research on google I have not been able to find anyone saying that they have used Wordpress as a client for GWB, let alone a how-to. 

Anyone got any clues or suggestions?

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 8:53 AM

Scrum won't help the nosey CEO
I've seen it come up in discussion groups time after time, the management wants to measure productivity in their development team and developers just want to be left alone to code. Recently some one asked: > Maybe it's also time for a frank discussion of "What does the CEO > *really* need" for visibility? Is it really metrics that do not make > any sense (and costs a lot to collect)? No, it's time that we turn this question on it's head, because it's not "What does the CEO *really* need" ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 11:02 AM

Microsoft Robotics Studio - What?
Once more, Microsoft is handing out free tools, and doing cool stuff, and putting the fun back into programming. This is not a game, it's a full fledged robotics language, and simulator. Ever wanted to show how easy it would be to have robot navigate a maze or program a rescue robot, or a soccor droid? Well now you can. Currently the only one available is the maze navigation (complete with traps), but more will be released over the course of the year. It looks like you can upload your program, and ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 4:03 PM

Can anyone give me a better explanation?
I'm not sure who sold the Federal and State government on the idea that "restricting all employee's email to MS Outlook is an effective counter to computer viruses." or "Allowing gmail, hotmail, or yahoo mail is an open invitation to computer viruses". I'm thinking that the marketing department in the "MS" of "MS Outlook" might be a good starting point to look. Both thoughts have rendered me temporarily speechless. Perhaps because both thoughts make as much sense to me as, "Eating apples is the only ......

Posted On Thursday, July 19, 2007 2:00 PM

Programmers and Capitalism - The $10,000,000 question
My friend Nick Malik recently posted about programming, contracting and pay. There's a book here somewhere, but sadly it has no audience, and therefore not worth writing. Programmers seem to have a genetic defect when it comes to understanding the relationship between their efforts and their pay. It's not going to happen, they don't want to, and you can't make me. Personally, I think that it's a crime that "From Serf to Surfer" is out of print. It was one of the best consulting "pull yourself up ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2007 1:06 PM

Starting your own brown-bag study group
At my current assignment I'm in the process of starting a brown-bag study group. Here's the announcement I sent out to all the relevant parties I could think of at my work. ***************************... Next Thursday (May 17th) we’re kicking off a lunch time study group for anyone who is interested. We’re going to be starting with “The Pragmatic Programmer: from journeyman to master” by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. This is one of those books that seems to stay at the top ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 9:34 PM

The Perils of Pre-Optimization
More computing sins are committed in the name of efficiency (without necessarily achieving it) than for any other single reason - including blind stupidity.Wulf, W. A. "A Case Against the GOTO," Proceedings of the 25th National ACM Conference, August 1972, pp. 791-97. I came across this quote this morning and had to throw it back out into the wild. I have run into people who, when given a choice between making their code more readable vs. shaving a millisecond off the running time of a particular ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 7:52 AM

Windows Media Player "Feature"
So last night my windows media player developed a fascinating bug. Prior to last night, I could play a movie in one screen and do work in the other. But not anymore. A Computer Express article from July of 2004 (Try the cached version here) had this to say: "3. Video playback Windows Media: Windows Media Player automatically detects the availability of a double display configuration. When you play the media clip (videos, DVC, VCD) Media Player automatically plays it in full screen mode on the secondary ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 2, 2007 8:53 PM

Those darn sales skills again
I'm convinced that our profession (IT in general, and software in the specific) is filled with people who do not want to be bothered by that pesky question of, “Where exactly does the money come from that fills your paycheck?” Our lack of interest in all things “sales” hurts us in what we do. I'm not sure where to take this though, the people who understand what sales really is say, “Preach On, Brother”, and everyone else just kind of rolls their eyes, comments ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 9:57 PM

My Session was small, but it rocked
Friday night, my presentation congealed into garbage. This was not a good thing. I had to skip Jeff Levinson's “Test Driven Development with Team System” in order to work on my presentation. I was competing with “Poker Bots for Fun and Profit”, with Jeff Berkowitz, Stuart Celariar's “Understanding Subversion“, Rory's “An introduction to WCF for the complete beginner“and 4 others. There was a part of me that was hoping that no one would show up, because ......

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 5:49 AM

Object serialization in VS 2003
I don't know about you, but I have an attention span that is about 20 minutes long. If I can get your sample working, doing something (anything) in the first 20 minutes, I may be playing with it when the sun comes up. You just have to capture my attention QUICKLY. In that light, I wanted to post a utility that I wrote to make unit testing mo-bedda (read : easier) This consists of the class, and the unit tests to exercise the class. If all goes correctly, you should be able to copy these into new ......

Posted On Thursday, July 20, 2006 12:35 PM

Portland Oregon Code Camp Needs You
Do you live with in 200 miles of Portland Oregon? Do you have a subject related to programming that you are passionate about? Are you a geek with a hidden desire to demonstrate to the world that you know what you are talking about? Are you available to be in Vancouver Washington this Saturday and / or Sunday? If you or someone you know fit's the above description, we need you NOW. Run, don't walk over to the Portland Code Camp site and sign up to give that presentation you've always wanted to give. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 10:21 AM

If you know paired programming doesn't work, just keep moving.
I just came across a great segment on why Paired Programming is great, wonderous and most importantly profitable. The DotNetRocks show 101 with Mark Miller has a section (From minute 45:00 thru 54:00) where Mark is explaining how paired programming reduces new programmer ramp up time, lowered bug counts, and suprisingly showed that his “guru” programmers wrote more bugs by themselves, than a pair of midlevel programmers working together. To quote Mark I have been pair programming and ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:28 AM

SQL Server Reporting Services - Interface issues, part 2
I ranted a but a few weeks ago and I'm just wondering if anyone else is running into these issues. First, SSRS is amazing. You can do things on the back end that are incredible, deployment is taken care of and all you can say about it is WOW. The front end is a very different matter. It reminds me of this article on Lotus Notes, where 95% of the user think it sucks, and why it survives (Finding the link to the guardian article had me come across this rebuff which is just as interesting) Anyway, this ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:40 AM

Are you "a business owner" or "the owner of a job"?
I've met a lot of self-employed people who insist that they are business owners. They incensed when I patiently explain, that well, yes it is technically true, you do own the business, it's more true that you own a job (the IRS calls this "being self-employed"). In the long run, there is more power in looking at yourself as self-employed than as a business owner. There is a quick little test to help someone determine whether they are self-employed, or truly a business owner. Go to the Bahamas for ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 2:56 AM

Finally, a *real* desktop computer

I think I'm hyperventalating when I say, “oh my god I want one“

Someone once said that the computer will never replace paper, as long as my “desktop“ is smaller than my desk's desktop.


Once more.  Wow, and I'm talking, Return of the Fellowship of the Two Towers “Wow“ here.



Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 4:15 AM

A facinating site. Richard Brodie's name came up in an unexpected place recently and I ended up at his web site. "Welcome to Meme Central, the center of the world of memetics. Memes are contagious ideas, all competing for a share of our mind in a kind of Darwinian selection. As memes evolve, they become better and better at distracting and diverting us from whatever we'd really like to be doing with our lives. They are a kind of Drug of the Mind. Confused? Blame it on memes." All I can say ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 8:40 PM

The Cult Of Wally (TCOW)
[Sent to Scott Adams] I have been a contract computer programmer for 14 years, and for about the last 5, have been telling people about what I call, "The Cult Of Wally" (Wally is my shepherd, I shall not want). An organization for the instruction of contract professionals and other people who are committed to a low stress life-style. I have absolutely no idea how to make this idea profitable enough that you would give your blessing to it. Being a complete ego-maniac however, I would love to get some ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 7:09 PM

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