Greatness

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The Greatest Wesner writes that a couple of readers criticized him for his desire to aspire for greatness. Well obviously Wesner, you should aspire for mediocrity! In any case, one reader comments,

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Unit Tests Are The New And Improved Documentation

In his post Unit tests are the new documentation Scott sees unit tests as an undue burden much like documentation. Documentation, typically written after the fact, inevitably falls sway to the laws of entropy and becomes hopelessly outdated.

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Refactoring Handles Unanticipated Changes

Sam Gentile is preaching and I am in the choir. I’ve talked about the benefits of unit testing and refactoring in the past, but Sam makes this great point.

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Keybord Settings in RSS Bandit

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I haven’t confirmed this myself, but I believe Scott when he says that the latest version of RSS Bandit changed some of the keyboard settings. In particular he states that to mark a post as read changed from CTRL+M to CTRL+Q.

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New Years Eve Plans

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In case you were wondering, this is where my wife and I will be spending our New Years Eve this year. Some of the highlights of the expansive line-up include John Digweed, Christopher Lawrence, The Crystal Method, Miguel Migs, Muytaytor and Black Eyed Peas (though they seem a bit out of place, they are a hot ticket).

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My Mind Is A Blank Slate

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Apparently I am quite sensitive to jet lag. My wife has been cheerful, upbeat, and energetic, while I’ve come very close to biting the heads of little babies and throwing my own feces on the wall. Yeah, it’s that bad.

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Highlights From Spain

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Upon returning from any vacation, I usually have a great desire to upload all my pics to Flickr and give each one a detailed, witty, interesting description. About five pictures into the process, I grow fatigued and give up on the whole process. So what if the picture is named DC32101?

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Following Up On the Dispose Pattern

Alright. Enough about vacations, it’s time to get back to work, so let’s dig our teeth into the dispose pattern again. In a recent post, I wrote up a potential error I saw in the Framework Design Guidelines.

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Crosswalk Design

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This post about crosswalk countdowns and icons reminds me of the crosswalk icon in Bilbao.

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Earn More While On Vacation

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Well my wife and I arrived back from Spain tonight after a grueling series of flights. Is it just me or has this heightened security environment we live in today given airport staff a crutch to be completely rude and uncommitted to decent service? Is it not possible for security and service to go together hand in hand? It is certainly something we strive for as software developers.

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To The 57 Lynx Users Last Month

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Lynx Welcome!

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Adios Suckers. We're Packed and Ready to Go.

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Map of Spain The missus and I are pretty much packed and ready to go. We have to be at the airport at 5 AM. Yes, that is AM as in early morning (or late at night depending how you look at it).

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A Closer Look At The Dispose Pattern

The Framework Design Guidelines has an illuminating discussion on the Dispose pattern for implementing IDisposable in chapter 9 section 3. However, there was one place where I found a potential problem.

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Defining a Contract Is Hard

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As soon as I saw the code sample on K. Scott Allen’s latest blog post, I knew he was talking about the Membership Provider.

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Achieving Pixel Perfect Skins in DotNetNuke

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One complaint that I’ve had about DotNetNuke (DNN for short) is the difficulty I’ve had in creating skins that match client design comps exactly to the pixel. And believe me, they check every single one.

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Burning Man 2005 From Space

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If you zoom real closely, you can see me waving at the satellite.

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DevSource Article on Exceptions

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I am now a published DevSource article author. :)

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Revenge of the Nerd?

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BoingBoing has this story on a guy who fixes computers in exchange for…er…special favors from female customers. First the plumber, and now the computer guy. This could start a whole new breed of dirty movies.

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Flickr Does Search Well With Clustering

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Rock Recently, two posts have given me an increased appreciation for what Flickr has accomplished with their clustering feature.

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Viva España

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So in exactly one week Akumi and I will be on a plane to Spain where it rains in the plains (please excuse me). We are flying into Madrid in the morning of the 20^th^ where we’ll stay the night. There, we will meet up with Akumi’s brother and his wife who will have flown in from Japan a couple days earlier.

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