“Belts and Suspenders” or how to be really protected

Everyone knows they should be backing up their data, right?  Just like flossing and rotating your tires though, sometimes it’s easy to let it slip for a while.  But for those of you that *do* backup your data, are you doing it right?

First of all, there’s really no excuse for not backing up your data now-a-days.  External hard drives are really affordable and dead simple.  Backup software is built into most modern operating system to make it as invisible as possible.  If you’re not backing up your data, you must have some sort of obsession with tempting fate. Continue reading

Digital Photo Workflows for normal people

My tribe and I just got back from a week long vacation to Disney World.  We had a great time.  Before we left, I knew I would be taking lots of pictures and video.  I have an 8Gb memory card in my camera but feared it wouldn’t be enough.  I picked up an additional 16Gb card to supplement.  I’m glad I did as the 8Gb card was fully by the end of the third day.

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Technically correct vs. Realistic

How often do developers struggle with this question?  I hope I’m not alone in the regard.  There are lots of times when we have to make a decision about doing something technically or academically correct versus doing it the realistic way.  Lots of simple things such as hard coding values into source code or using string values instead of DateTimes.

Are there other times when we choose realistic vs. correct?  Sure… When presented with a choice of having a Twinkie or a stick of celery… well, you know which one will be there at the end.  :-)

Computers… who needs’em

Doggone it… I have a system setup at home whereby certain tasks are supposed to execute daily during the week. For some reason, my processes will run perfectly for weeks on end and then get really freaky on me.

It’s very strange. I’ll have to check it out.

It reminds me of my time in Customer Support at IBM. People would call up for assistance and then be unable to reproduce the problem with me on the phone.

Weird.