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  1. I don’t WANT to let go! The Media Rip Saga - Part 1: Formats and Tools.

    [caption id=”attachment_498” align=”aligncenter” width=”300”]image1 A Musical Mind[/caption]

    A coworker at my previous job once said in response to my whining a bit about having just lost 700 songs from my digital music library “Let go of your music collection!”.  That got me thinking, long and hard …

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  2. Hacking the Wetware

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    Working for Amazon has been a revelation to me in ways large and small.

    One of the biggest by far has been coming to the understanding that career growth was not in fact laying in wait around the next corner if only I could master the latest technology trend. There …

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  3. Civility is…

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    • Civility is not cowardice.
    • Civility is not giving up.
    • Civility is not support or endorsement.
    • Civility does not make you a victim.
    • Civility is not weakness.
    • Civility is strength.
    • Civility is poise.
    • Civility always has the upper hand.
    • Civility may lose a skirmish, but it always, always wins the war …
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  4. The Three Rs

    No, I’m not talking about reading, writing, and ‘rithmitic, I’m
    talking about the three Rs that are critical in creating and keeping a
    software organization strong.
    The three Rs in this case are Rigor, Resources, and Raison
    d’etre. Let’s take a look at each of these …
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  5. Bacon + Microwave = Jerky :)

    If you’ll indulge me for just a few moments I want to say a few words on a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: Bacon!

    I’ve encountered more than a few people who think that cooking bacon in the microwave is the way to go …

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  6. The Chrome Conundrum

    I Love/Hate Chrome!

    Having used the Chrome browser regularly for a couple of years now, I really love quite a number of things about it.

    • It’s fast
    • The developer tools are superb
    • It has a vibrant user community, including a number of very smart people whose opinions I …
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  7. Ungagged!

    A couple of weeks back I was laid off from Blue State Digital.

    I have nothing but admiration for them and gratitude for three great years during which I helped re-elect the first African-American president, helped fight for equal marriage, and make the world a better place by doing my …

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  8. Trying out VimRepress

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    In an ongoing effort to immerse myself in Vim as much as possible, I’m trying out a plugin called VimRepress - a fork of the popular Vimpress plugin.

    Installing

    Unfortunately, getting it running with MacVim on MacOS X Lion is a bit of a bear, but thankfully Paulo Poiati …

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  9. Windows Scripting - a VBScript Survival Guide

    1. Introduction

    If you’re new to the world of Windows scripting as I am, the array of acronyms, technologies and access methodologies that you need to traverse in order to get anything done can range from bewildering on a good day to utterly derangement inducing on a bad one …

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  10. Yay and Boo all in one breath: The Amazon Kindle Development Kit (KDK)

    Amazon has finally come out with the details around their Kindle Development Kit (KDK) you can read the details here.


    This is absolutely great news for the J2ME development community, this is a mainstream device from a big name manufacturer where they can ply their existing skill set or port …
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  11. 3 Things Microsoft Should Do for Release Engineers

    For the last year or so I’ve been working at a 100% Windows based enterprise development shop.   They ship a fairly large and complex application for health insurance providers, which draws on many of the core technologies in the Microsoft enterprise stable.


    This post highlights a few things that …
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  12. Bananagrams!

    Michelle and I have been having a lot of fun playing this game lately. It’s a must play if you’re a word game fan of any stripe, and even if you don’t generally enjoy board games (especially if you find them too slow).

    What makes this one …

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  13. Aruba - Take 2

    Just (well, a week ago, but work was blazing white hot upon my return, so no time to write :) got back from a week in Aruba, and my experience this time around was completely different…

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    This time, we …

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  14. A Short, Sharp Shock

    One morning a few weeks back I was told to get in early to meet about an upcoming release that was happening…


    Unfortunately, we were in for a big surprise.

    Three of my co-workers and I were laid off that morning, along with 23 other unlucky souls from different parts …

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  15. Something for nothing when you don’t WANT IT is still damn annoying.

    Dear Sun;

    When you tell me I hava Java (TM) updates available on my work Windows machine, I gleefully say sure why not and click through the installer, because generally Sun provided updates to my installed JDK don’t do anything evil, and with security and all it’s a …

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  16. DEAD is dead!

    I had a rather ‘meta’ moment today after reading another article bemoaning the death of the PC as a gaming platform (An assertion of at best dubious nature).


    Taking a step back, I realized that just about every single instance of someone wailing “X is DEAD!” turned out to either …
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  17. Another whirlwind weekend in Manhattan

    This was first and foremost a visit to spend time with my wife’s family…

    … But as always we managed to sneak some fun in between the cracks.

    We had brunch at Vynl. This place is downright fun, from the records decorating the walls to the album jacket menus to …

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  18. Where but for the grace of god go I.

    I don’t usually throw around Catholic / Christian memes like this.

    … But in this case I can’t think of an expression that captures the feeling more accurately.

    Lately, I’ve been really busy at work. We’re finally making the cut to a new build system (geeky details elided …

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  19. About

    Published: Tue 18 December 2007
    By cpatti

    In misc.

    cropped-2017-01-15_13-53-02_000.jpegMy name is Chris Patti and I’m a DevOps engineer for a thoroughly awesome company - Amazon Web Services. Note that my opinions are mine and not my employers (That should go without saying, but anyway).

    In the off hours I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, playing games …

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