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Idiots - Part 01
I labelled this as Part 01 because who knows, I may do a running series. Just came from a 'pot luck' -- I hate pot lucks, but that's not part of the reason to write. My wife gives me a hard time for not entering into conversation with people and cites that as a reason I never have a good time at such events. So tonight, I decided to 'enter in'. One of the guys that I DO know said something about Silverlight, mentioned I was involved with it and asked the guy he was introducing to me if he was familiar ......

Posted On Sunday, November 22, 2009 9:16 PM

Feeling like the two of Clubs re:Peanuts
With everyone talking about their flights to LA to go to PDC, I'm feeling a little under-appreciated here. I remember a couple years ago I saw a T-Shirt that read "PDC - because I'm worth it". So does that mean "Not at PDC - because I'm not worth it"? -- lol It's just one of those days/weeks/months ... is it the whole year?? But sometimes the weight of 'producing' every day can get to you. Engineering, for me, isn't like a job that I learn a task then do it for 30 years, go home, put my feet up on ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 9:20 AM

Fugly code
OK... particularly fugly code... wow. I'm about 2/3 of the way refactoring this huge beast of an application. I'm pulling SQL out of the code behind and putting it into the database layer. I'm using StringBuilder to avoid the loooooong chained together strings they used. Anything possible, I'm pushing to Oracle. But some of the worst is the client-side code. Multiple times I've found 60 or 80 non-breakable spaces to move something to the right! Data entry forms with 6 rows of data to fill out, and ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 8:20 AM

The *fun* of contracting - update
I wrote about monitor problems on-site on October 30. Let's see.. by the big calendar on the wall, that is 8 workdays ago. I wasn't going to say anything more about it... was just going to wait for it to die So here is the actual email transaction this morning: Admin: "Just get the approval from [snip] and let me know what size you want. The choices are 19" and 20" aspect (this one is wider)" Me: "I'd say the 20" if I have a choice, thanks!" Note I avoided being sarcastic to either her or in this ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:56 AM

To all Veterans: Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service I got out of the Army in 1973 and didn't hear those words from anyone until 1998, so I just wanted to say that to all the people serving or who have served. I was in college in 1970, and that was the first year they did the lottery for draft numbers. Everyone that was of service age got dumped in that pot in 1970. My number was 35, and if I remember right they took 60 numbers in January, and they used up all the numbers by the time the year was over. I knew I passed the ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:06 AM

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