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Weirded Out

January 10th, 20132 comments

Just got two very strange emails.  Not a nice lady from Nigeria giving me lots of money.  But it is close.  What is even weirder is that there are no suspicious attachments.  I am wondering if someone didn’t turn on a server that has been off for a long time and it started doing its thing.  Note the two dates on the virus checker for its last update.  I did have a draw in process when Black Friday hit.  And I had gotten several in the past from them.  Maybe they moved the server from Costa Rica to Nigeria and that nice lady gave them the money. Read more…

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Rules

July 30th, 20122 comments

We learn rules in a lot of ways.  It starts with our sainted mothers who give the rule and often explain what will happen if you fail to follow her guidelines,  “Keep doing that and you will go blind.”   Later our teachers rule and then rat us out, “Kenneth does not play well with others.”   As with many of my lead ins, none of that applies to what follows. Read more…

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Dirty Little Secrets

July 11th, 20123 comments

As a former programmer, I can honestly tell you that computers are very close to infallible.  Failure rates are easily 6+ digits on the right of the decimal.  The dirty little secret is people like me program them.  You lose a lot of those digits when that happens.  Programs have decision trees.  It is the responsibility of programmers to provide some resolution to all points in the tree.  Some programmers see inflection points clearly.  Others have a fogged view.  But, next dirty little secret, no programmers gets it right all the time.  The good ones have programs that may not error for years but they also know it isn’t bug free.  Hopefully when  such an error pops up it isn’t in the barn burner category. Read more…

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Thank You, Sir

July 25th, 20114 comments

May I have another.   The festive nature hasn’t been necessary for a long time.  Many thing are shocking in today’s world.  Here is one that shocks me in no small way. Read more…

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Getting Weird

July 12th, 2010No comments

Yesterday, I made onion rings. Vidalias!  Yumm.  I took the basket out to cook them.  Didn't put it or the lid back when I was done.  This morning while the coffee was brewing I went to put the basket back in and it wouldn't go in the oil.  It also make a squeaky kind of sound.  Humm… Read more…

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