Small code with powerful results, the occasional opinion … and beer.

07 Nov 2016
Google Fiber (Internet and TV): A Tech User’s Impressions

One of the benefits of living in Kansas City is the availability of Google Fiber as my high-speed internet provider. This is something the rest of the country desperately wants access to. It was already installed at my house here in Kansas City when I moved in, and the Google Fiber installation techs merely made a […]

31 Jul 2014
The RFID implanting scare, and an incorrect comparison in the Snopes.com analysis.

** Before implying anything about Snopes.com from the title, please note that I refer to Snopes.com often and find their information to be quite useful for a quick comparison of what I am reading against known facts. They are not the final source of information for me, but have proven to always be a good starting […]

18 Feb 2012
Re-emphasized lessons from a “mini” Napster

A few weeks ago, the US Federal government shutdown several domains providing illegal streaming video of copyrighted content. Unlike Megaupload.com, these sites were focusing mostly on NFL games. The article here summarizes what happened. The operation was code named “Operation Fake Sweep”. My first point to the government would be to fire the person who […]

14 Jan 2012
A case of revealing double-speak..

The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is currently on a South American tour and getting a lot of support from the socialist/communist Central American leaders there. Not really a surprise. His choice of destinations (Cuba, Venezuela) are well know adversaries of the United States, making him very welcome. There was one interesting comment during the […]

06 May 2011
Seeing God’s ways and timing in the death of bin Laden

When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. – Proverbs 11:10 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. – Acts 1:7 As the news of Osama bin Laden’s death spread across […]

21 Mar 2011
The constitution, military and … tunnel-vision

After the involvement of US forces in the coalition attack on Libyan military targets, starting the enforcement of the No-Fly zone in Libya, I had a number of people point me to various opinion articles.  One of the most interesting is this one on the American Thinker web site: Obama Attacks Libya, and Where’s Congress? […]

24 Jan 2011
Writing Date/Time filters in SQL Server that don’t go senile.

I am amazed at the amount of SQL and other code I encounter, which employs poor methodologies of establishing start and end points in time for a filter. I want to show some examples, and share some simple guidelines which can help you avoid the pitfalls of miscalculating time, or introducing gaps or overlaps in […]

17 Sep 2010
Raising Hell… just to burn some books…

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:7-9 (NIV) In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:3-5 (NIV) Bless those who […]

28 Jan 2010
Weed Killer 1.0.1.0 Released (Source Forge)

Weed Killer Worker now has summary lines available through a new command-line switch “/c” (counts).  After each server, and each configuration entry, it will display the number of files removed and the number of bytes recovered from the file deletions. Note: The byte size is a minumum recovered size.  It does not actually factor in […]

09 Sep 2009
The lost art of break and continue

BREAK and CONTINUE are two forms of loop control, which I have seen under-used lately.  I think it is time to revisit how these two statements can help you make more maintainable and readable code, with some basic comments where needed. BREAK is used to prematurely exit a loop sequence, be it a WHILE loop, […]