Category Archives: Opinion

New MacBook Pro 13″ – First Look

The headline is this:  wow!  I’m much more impressed with this new MacBook Pro than others seem to be. I won’t belabor all the improvements, but do want to touch on a few. One, perhaps a killer feature for me, … Continue reading

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iPhone 7+ – First Look

What can I say that you don’t already know?   [Updated Sept 23, 09:19: To reset the iPhone 7, hold the power button and the volume down button until you see the apple The battery does seem to last much … Continue reading

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The $20,000 Xamarin Programmer

If Xamarin programing is going to be how you make your living,  then I highly recommend this list of hardware and software. iOS, OSX, Android, Windows Phone, Windows   If you are going to develop on both Mac and Windows, it is painful … Continue reading

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10ish Cool New Products

What follows are products I’ve recently discovered, that now I can’t live without. Back Pack Let’s start with the best backpack I’ve ever owned This is the Cocoon, which sells for about $100. There are two main pockets. The larger has … Continue reading

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My Favorite Books of 2014

In 2014 I read (according to GoodReads) 47 Kindle books and (according to Audible) 101 audible books. This year I read zero books on paper. Here is my short list of the very best: Far from the Tree Ulysses What If? … Continue reading

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I’ve Become A Big Fan of Amazon’s WhisperSync

I’ve discovered Amazon’s WhisperSync, and I’m in love. The idea is that you buy an Audible book and a Kindle book — and your device (which can be a computer, iPad, Kindle, etc.) keeps them synchronized.  This allows two wonderful … Continue reading

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Album of the Week: Within Temptation’s The Silent Force

The only thing better than discovering new music that you love is to find it in your own collection and realize that you’ve forgotten about it.  There is a special, if poignant joy in rediscovery.  Silent Force by Within Temptation … Continue reading

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Album of the Week: Living Proof by Buddy Guy

Every once in a while I come across new music that I have to share.  This week it is Living Proof by Buddy Guy. This incredible album won the Album of the Year from the prestigious Blues Music Awards (formerly … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #123–Ted Neward on Architecture

This episode marks the premier of John Papa as permanent co-host of Yet Another Podcast (along with Jon Galloway as intermittent co-host)!  Joining John and me are Ted Neward.  Ted is CTO of iTrellis Software, a Microsoft MVP and much-in-demand … Continue reading

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Read twice as fast, one word at a time

It turns out that there are better ways to read than the way we learned as children.  Based  on significant research, Flash Reading appears to be able to instantly increase your reading speed by 50% to 100% or more, while … Continue reading

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Programming Style–Kendo & jQuery

Which of the following do you prefer? Which is easier to read? Which is easier to write? Which is easier to maintain?   var dataItem = this.target().closest(“.k-grid”).data(“kendoGrid”).dataSource.getByUid(this.target().closest(“tr”).data(“uid”)); Or… var dataItem = this.target() .closest(“.k-grid”) .data(“kendoGrid”) .dataSource .getByUid(this.target().closest(“tr”).data(“uid”)); Or… var grid = … Continue reading

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OzCode– 4 Star Help with Debugging

I loaded OzCode onto my machine some months ago, but didn’t really start to see its benefit until recently, when I’ve been intensively debugging C# code. The more I use it the cooler I think it is.

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