Category Archives: Cranky Old Programmer

Sleepwalk, So Fast Asleep

One of my favourite literary quotes comes from Canadian author, Hugh MacLennan. “But that night as I drove back to Montreal, I at least discovered this: that there is no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and … Continue reading

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A bit of Fun from the EMO Mailbag

I get a lot of email from all sorts of people looking for all kinds of help. I recently received, what I believe is the funniest one to date: I have a friend named redacted. He is evidently a master … Continue reading

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Nerdvana is a Data Centre

Earlier today, we started a pretty bold move from one data centre to a brand-spanking new one across the city. I say bold, because we had to take ourselves completely offline while we disconnected more than thirty bits of hardware, … Continue reading

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The EMO Mailbag: This is ridiculously funny

I received this message via the EMO inbox today: haha noobs your number sorting in project explorer is like a mistake from windows 95 this is ridiculously funny He’s right. It is ridiculously funny. I’m assuming that the sender is … Continue reading

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Courting Your Open Source Project’s Community

I receive a lot of email from the community. Much of it is from frustrated users who are trying to make something work. Here’s a recent example: The problem was that I didn’t realise that the [project] comes ON TOP … Continue reading

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Help us help you

I am the target of a lot of email from the community. Messages that I receive generally fall into three different buckets: Eclipse project stuff from committers and project leads, requests for price quotes, and pleas for help. I do … Continue reading

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Two Years of Experience Doesn’t make you “Senior”

Two years of experience doesn’t make you “senior”. Except maybe in high school. I don’t mean this in a negative sort of way. I mean it in a trying-to-help-you-out sort of way. I’ve worked for a relatively small number of … Continue reading

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