How to reduce your Internet bandwidth usage

, October 30, 2014

Like many people that I’ve been hearing about recently, we got hit by some Internet usage overages. Currently, I’m on the Blast Plus package with Comcast. This provides for 300GB per month. That sounds like a lot, until you think of what streaming video adds up to. Comcast is charging $10 for an extra 50GB […]


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Win8: The Horror – Summary

, August 11, 2014

I previously posted a slightly tongue-in-cheek posting about a hypothetical support call for the Windows 8 user interface. I liked the posting but I thought it needed a follow-up that summarizes my thoughts about Windows 8 UI. What I was trying to say: Never have an invisible control. Especially one that kicks off most processes. […]


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Win8: The Horror

, August 8, 2014

I refuse to call it Windows 8.1 Update. Soon it will be Windows 8.1 Update 2. Why not call it Windows 8.2 and Windows 8.3? Hubris? I can’t say. Just another annoyance with MicroSoft that makes me chuckle inside with a smirk showing on the outside. Here’s a fictional account where I’m performing phone support […]


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Linux Mint 17 is much faster, except …

, July 8, 2014

I finally sucked it up and upgraded my development laptop from Ubuntu 13.10 with the Unity interface to LinuxMint 17 with the Cinnamon interface. I am very happy. With Unity, I was always wondering if my hard drive was failing. Opening programs was soooo slow. I couldn’t stand it. Now with Mint, things are very […]


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Repaving your Linux machine: A checklist

, July 1, 2014

Every so often, as a Linux desktop user, it comes time to repave my desktop machine. This means to wipe the hard drive and then install a brand new version of Linux on the hardware. In this case, I am moving from Ubuntu 13.10 and switching to Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. I know this probably […]


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ShowURL on Mac in Xojo

, June 30, 2014

I’m working on some cross-platform application development in Xojo. I was pumping out some data to HTML for reporting purposes, and using the host machine to display that HTML. It was working like a charm on Linux, however I wasn’t getting the HTML to display on the Mac. Well, I wasn’t reading far enough down […]


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Xojo’s (not so) secret weapon

, June 27, 2014

I’m working on a cross-platform application that I want to make available on all desktop platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux. I develop on Linux and everything is, naturally, working. It’s working because I’ve worked through the issues on the development platform during the development cycle. I get to the point where I build the application […]


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Linux Mint 17 released. Looking good.

, May 16, 2014

I’ve just installed and tested Linux Mint 17 with the Cinnamon interface in the 32bit version, for about 5 minutes. So far so good. As a Xojo developer, Linux performance has been degrading on Ubuntu ever since Unity came along. Many of us Xojo developers are turning to Linux Mint for development and testing of […]


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Xojo on Linux: Part 2 of 2

, April 7, 2014

or There Can’t Be Only One I originally was going to record and publish my development efforts with Xojo on Linux but … Xojo just worked. And it worked well. It wasn’t going to be very entertaining to watch me say “well, that worked!” over and over. I did measure a couple of key points: […]


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Xojo on Linux: Part 1 of 2

, April 7, 2014

or What is a Distro anyway? and why are there so dang many of them? While at the Xojo Developers Conference (XDC), I was hearing a lot of developers saying that they didn’t develop for Linux because “there are so many distributions!”  The perception is that each distribution does things so differently, that it makes […]


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