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Where do bugs come from?

September 11, 2016 jlion 1

"Our Software Sucks"

I was once party to a contentious meeting. A senior executive made the statement that "our software sucks!". When he said this, he was referring to all of the projects worked on by all of the developers …

LNW-80 / TRS-80

August 20, 2016 jlion 1

My son recently assembled his own computer. While this isn't his first computer, it's the first one he's put together himself and it's the best computer in our house (fastest, best video card, most drive space, awesome LED lighting).

My …

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LINQ vs SQL

July 20, 2016 jlion 0

The excellent Joseph Albahari, author of LINQpad, wrote a blog post: Why LINQ beats SQL and while I really like LINQpad (how else would I debug LINQ?)  I do think Joseph misses the point a little with SQL. He …

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Javascript, jqGrid and XML

July 17, 2016 jlion 0

For a long time, programming languages seemed to be getting easier and easier. We seemed to be on the brink of realizing that long sought promise of object oriented components: Chunks of code that folks could easily combine to create …

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Ian M Banks’ The Culture

June 11, 2016 jlion 0

It's perhaps a little ironic that a drone introduced me to Ian M Banks' Culture Series.

The second of the two drone ships that Elon Musk created as platforms for his SpaceX project was named "Of Course I Still

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How to generate random data

June 9, 2016 jlion 0

I've been doing some performance testing of sql recently and wanted lots of data to work with. I didn't want real data, with names and other confidential information. I've been using a function I created a few years ago and …

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HP Laptops

May 22, 2016 jlion 0

I have an HP laptop, a fact that on some days I accept and other days regret. It's a good laptop, a Pavilion DVD-7000. It's capable of handling about anything I would want to do, with a high resolution screen …

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Linq to Entities vs the Database

April 28, 2016 jlion 0

I've been working with sql server for a long time. I like sql, I like the immediate feedback that I get from working in SQL Management Studio, and because I do have a lot of experience I can quickly construct …