Linux on the Laptop

After only a slight amount of pain, I got Fedora Core 3 installed and working on our laptop. The Windows installation had been acting quite funny (crashes and whatnot), so I thought before I just re-installed XP, I’d give Linux a whirl. Surprisingly, nearly all the hardware worked without tweaking — sound, video, network card, […]

Google Maps (2)

As soon as I got into work, and spread the word about Google‘s new map service, my cohorts and I did what all good geeks do — we started to hack it apart, trying to decipher what the brilliant minds at Google did to create such a cool app. Who would have thought even two […]

Geek-Specific Humor

GridBag If you’ve never done Java GUI programming circa 1999, don’t even bother clicking on the link — you won’t get it. Otherwise, enjoy.


I haven’t been very geeky in this space lately, and my current job isn’t always technically challenging, but today I discovered that you can use C# within an XSL template. The stylesheet was being applied to a DataSet that had been converted directly to XML, and I needed to manipulate a date field (and I […]


Can anyone tell me why I didn’t download the Mozilla web developer toolbar sooner? Now I can get all of the HTML/CSS information for a webpage with a click of a button. Silly, silly me.

Do You Know What You’re Doing?

Here’s an interesting discussion on Slashdot with quite a headline: Only 32% of Java developers really know Java And as one poster pointed out, only 5% of people don’t stretch the truth on their resumes. Some of the more interesting posts dealt with the interview process, and what can be considered “fair game.” Having been […]

Apples and Oranges

Joel Spolsky has an interesting article on his site

Helpful Hint: CVS

Maintaining a CVS repository on a Linux machine? Here’s a helpful hint to be sure that newly added files maintain the proper group permissions in the repository (so users can checkout and commit files without error). Once you’ve set yp your repository: [brianj@brianj /usr/local/cvsroot]$ chmod g+s .


Well, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and teach myself C. I’ve tried to do this once before, but I just wasn’t focused enough. This time, I’m going to leave my trusty O’Reilly books behind and try a Sam’s book on the subject. This is more of just a mental exercise, with the possibility of […]

Perl Bug

This just showed up in my inbox. is probably the most used module for Perl web programming. Even if a patch is released, there are probably a lot of sites out there that won’t upgrade. While the world won’t end, it still could be a pain in the butt for a lot of people.