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Six steps to getting a blog author’s attention when asking for help

I get a couple questions a week through my blog’s comments or contact page similar to this: “I love the Flickr widget, but how can I get it to [… do something custom…]?” I try to answer as many questions as possible but between work and family...


I’m a sucker for a free glass

Some old friends and I met up last night for the first time in way-too-long to catch up, tell stories, get a little loud, and generally have a good time over a few beers. We lucked out by choosing a meeting spot that happened to be hosting a...


Canned Goods Cabinet

Last night I finished up my weekend project for my lovely wife, who was inspired by similar cabinets. This nifty little thing is a 4-inch wide shelf on casters that fits in the formerly unused space between the refrigerator and the wall. The shelf...


Testing Web Services

Jim Holmes asked me to write an article about testing web services for his great 31 Days of Testing blog series and I gladly did so: 31 Days of Testing – Day 16: Testing Web Services The article ended up being less about testing web services...


My first Harmony Remote, I’ll be back.

Last Friday someone who will go unnamed dropped our TV remote on the floor for the final time. Since replacing our carpet with oak flooring several years ago our remotes have been taking a beating. The occasional drop onto the carpet seemed to...


Using browser SQLite’s LIMIT/OFFSET to page results with AJAX

Another post mostly for me. I spent some time tonight trying to solve a problem in a mobile/HTML 5 app I am building. I have two lists that pull data from a client-side database that could possibly contain many records. Rather than pull all the...


Accessing the Miso API: a sample ASP.NET application

Miso recently launched the initial phase of their API and make use of OAuth (similar to Twitter’s implementation) to allow user’s to authenticate with Miso and authorize your application to act on their behalf. The documentation is well written...


I have given myself another home page facelift

It was a much needed facelift. I liked the functionality of my previous blog home page and I liked the way it was implemented (mostly using JQuery plugins), but the design felt too cluttered and was just … well… ugly. Mostly it felt like too much...


Business and life lessons I learned from last nights Brew Masters

Have you seen Brew Masters yet? The new Discovery Channel show focuses on Sam Calagione and his brewery, Dogfish Head. Never heard of him or the brewery? Go stand in a corner: you get a timeout for failing life. If you’re a fan of the brewery or...


Top 10 Reasons to Refactor Your Tests

10. You do have tests, don’t you? 9. It’s the right thing to do - tests build up technical debt, too 8. Keeping your tests lean, mean, clean and tidy ensures that writing new tests is easy and pain free 7. It’s a nice break from working on your...