a more holistic measure of performance

January 10th, 2009

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Without getting too much into details, the most frustrating thing I have to deal with at work is our general development infrastructure, the worst offender being version control.

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Go Vote

November 4th, 2008

A guest post from Inés:

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thank god I’m not retiring anytime soon

October 7th, 2008

My 401k personal rate of return is -20.4% year-to-date.  The loss from a change in market value has cancelled out effectively 75% of Microsoft’s contribution to my 401k.  Last week, the number was about 11%.

Oh, and my 401k investments are rather conservative – I have friends heading towards -30% on their rate of return.

My advice is to not look at your 401k for the next, oh, decade or so.

Honestly, I don’t know how people “play” the stock market.  My heart skips beats when I look at the dollar amount that I’ve “lost” since the beginning of the year.  Sure, I know it isn’t real, and that I’ll (hopefully) get it all back in the future, but christ if it isn’t unnerving.

Don’t vote.

October 1st, 2008


why can’t The West Wing be real?

September 30th, 2008

I came upon this link while taking my daily fill of trash on http://election.twitter.com:

Senators Obama and McCain Exchange Letters on Ethics Reform

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andoid tomorrow!

September 23rd, 2008

Sometimes, despite my intense cynicism, I find myself truly excited for a new product.  Unless you are living under a rock (or work at the most anti-google company in the world, a.k.a. a company in the Redmond area), you know that T-mobile will be releasing the first Android phone tomorrow (the G1).  And, for a few reasons, I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl.

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“the fact is”

September 14th, 2008

Reading through my daily news, I was struck by how many times political candidates (and John McCain in particular) use the phrase, “the fact is…”.  If you have to explicitly state that something is a fact, it probably isn’t.  For a nice list of all those crappy weasel words/phrases, wikipedia has a good page for why and how to avoid them in wikipedia articles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Avoid_weasel_words.

emacs and vim

August 21st, 2008

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself working much more in vim and emacs. I’m not quite sure what started it off, but I think I wanted to figure out, for myself, how efficient I would be using only lexical completion (in vim; vim doesn’t have intelligent omnicomplete for C#, that I know of) vs. using Visual Studio’s intellisense for C#.

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Cleaning out the drafts

August 19th, 2008

Little bit of extra activity – I decided to clean out some of my drafts, one about DTrace and one about AOP (the one about Firefox’s SSL policy I wrote this evening).  I’m not sure if they are in a state of completion, so please leave comments if you see obvious omisions.  Grazie!

Firefox’s SSL policy is not bad, you idiot

August 19th, 2008

Today’s happy little rant comes courtesy of some asshat at UMass Lowell.  The article is entitled:

Mozilla SSL policy bad for the Web

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