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Ridiculous computer nerd with too many interests.
Interests: computer programming, cognitive science, philosophy, music, blacksmithing, metalurgy, saving the world, making sweet coin
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(Originally published January 16, 2012.) Ok, here's my pitch on why working here is awesome, because I know you're dying to know. Seriously though, it's a good place to work. Always Training, Always Improving The main thing that has kept me here is the continuous education and the challenging work. I've been learning new technologies, and developing new skills ever since day 1. I started out as an intern years ago, and just to give you an idea of some of the highlights, I've developed an HTML parser, a printing system, an entire SharePoint reporting solution, and a backend data... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at tea time with meowkins
tea time continues at Shmeow! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at tea time with meowkins
I've been working with linux for the last year or so, and I have to say, I'm stunned at how poor the documentation for many applications is. I'm not a windows fan boy or anything (although I have a lot of windows experience and relatively little linux experience), but before I started getting into linux, I remember reading all the time about how things in linux are so well documented. But I'm finding that well documented really means "there is documentation". I think the Linux and Windows worlds are about the same when it comes to documentation. I have definitely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at tea time with meowkins
If you're getting the error saying something like "there are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request", here's a potential solution. Logon to the machine with a different user, connect to the VPN, and use the runas command to ping a machine as the user that cannot log in. I was trying to add a machine to the domain. Also, I was doing this remotely over the internet. I was at the machine, and I added the machine to the domain while I was connected to the VPN. Adding the machine worked, but when I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at tea time with meowkins
Maybe Gnome should display a message or something. And maybe I should have bought a laptop with a wifi indicator light.
If you can't get the wireless to turn on, and airplane mode seems to be stuck in the 'on' mode, check the wireless key (or button or switch) on your machine. I have one that you can't tell if it's on or off, and it was off, which explains why I could not connect (Dell Inspiron N4010). On the wireless drop-down panel, it said wireless was off and no networks appeared. I turned it on, but it didn't go on. I opened the wireless network settings and tried to turn it on, but it wouldn't go on. I noticed Airplane... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at tea time with meowkins
Ha! Thanks, I'm flattered, but right now I'm busy with other things :)
Ok, I'm pretty new to rooting, and I did it because I just got an iPad but I don't want to get another data plan, but I've tried these two tethering apps, and I've found that OpenGarden works on myTouch 3G rooted with ginger yoshi 1.5 (32b), but Barnacle didn't work for me. To be fair, rooting is all hackery. There's a lot of variables involved and there's different stuff to do on each device, so just because Barnacle didn't work on this particular device doesn't mean it's bad software; from what I've seen, it's quite popular. It's also possible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at tea time with meowkins
I'm definitely not ready to work on this, but if you've got something real, you should definitely get working on it and tell us about it!
thanks for the info, Andrew
If you follow my blog, then you know I've been quiet for a while. Well, I've been deep in the code dungeon, toiling away – but now I return with treasure! An awesome new feature, just for you – Native Charts. This lets you carry a regular old chart from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint out to your report. You get a perfect replica on output to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, but we also carry them out to PDF and HTML – awesome. We're releasing this with version 11, which is coming out very soon. Here's a quick example. Below I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at tea time with meowkins
sorry, bhushan, I don't know
Well, they do feel similar, and I think that's because REST tries to stay close to HTTP, not complicating it. But AJAX, as I'm sure you know, is more a technique for doing asynchronous HTTP requests, so that you can do things like flicker-free updates to portions of a web page. REST is more about keeping your API close to HTTP so that you're not fighting against it, and so that you get a more symbiotic relationship. For developers, this means easy-to-use web services, and for companies offering RESTful web services, I think that translates into more money.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on What is REST? at tea time with meowkins
No prob! happy to help
Trying to install the driver and you can't see your device listed? I just tried installing the Google USB Driver for Windows 7. When I got to the step about selecting the device in the device manager, I saw that my phone wasn't listed. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the USB cable to no avail. Then I noticed Windows was notifying me that the device driver didn't install correctly. I disconnected the phone, shut it off, turned it back on, and then connected it once it was fully booted. Voi-la! Success! However, I didn't actually have to do anything after... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at tea time with meowkins
Sorry, Sergey, this is as far as I took the list control. I also wanted a tree on the left and window on the right, and I found it with Telerik's Rad File Explorer control.
This was a total PITA for me, so here's what I found after a bit of playing around with the UI. I'm using GNOME 3 (the sexy new tablet friendly interface). I didn't see a place in the network connection drop-down to connect to a hidden wireless network, so I clicked on network settings. You see three options on the left, Wired, Wireless, and Network Proxy. I clicked Wireless, but everything appeared to be disabled. It's not! Click the Network Name drop-down and select other. This takes you to the interface that let's you easily setup a connection to a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at tea time with meowkins
it's a name I tried to push as a band name one time. some people think I'm bad at naming things.
hahaha, that's good stuff, Drew. My favorite is the one that says he's a lost member of an assisted living home and responds to whistles and five guys hamburgers.
We had our first code war at Windward this Friday, which I am dubbing Windward Code War One! It's a battle to see who can write the best solution to a problem in a relatively short period of time. My team, Nuclear Pony, lost horribly. So let me share my thoughts with you about this, and feel free to give me your own. If you want the code (original and final), hit the link above. The Challenge For this challenge, we had to write AIs to play in the strategy boardgame, Broadside. Basically, you get a set of ships; each... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at tea time with meowkins
Eli, thanks for all the info and investigative work!
Thanks, Dave. Some questions. Are lambda expressions equivalent to anonymous delagates? Is it just as easy to debug linq code? How should you provide a lambda expression to Func? Do you think LINQ is safer to use when possible, as in less error-prone, provided the developer is proficient?
@Javin: I'm not familiar with axis, but with SOAP, you basically make an xml document that specifies a method and actual parameters, and you send that as the http request body. The response contains the return value and data in a similar xml document in the response body.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2011 on What is REST? at tea time with meowkins
Let me give you a very simple, practical explanation. REST is a methodology for creating web services. The point of RESTful web services is to be as simple as possible. RESTful web services use HTTP Methods: GET, POST, DELETE, PUT. You do not use the URL or the request body to specify the method. RESTful web services use URLs specify what objects should be operated upon. RESTFUL web services use HTTP status codes as return values. The HTTP request body of a RESTful web service call is used only for data - not to specify the method, target objects, or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at tea time with meowkins