Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Little Girl says to me: Daddy, do we have enough pillows for me to build a chicken coop?

Me: Why do you want to build a chicken coop?

LG: So I can be inside it.

Me: You want to live in a chicken coop?

LG: (Big sigh, annoyed tone) No. I don't want to live inside it, I just want BE inside it.

Me: Why do you want to be inside a chicken coop?

LG: So I can do my business and people won't bother me.

[The preceding conversation interrupted a discourse on lemon vs strawberry gum, which started up right back where it left off. I have no idea what prompted the question, but it made my day a little more surreal.]

Friday, September 24, 2010

Root the Droid X – My Notes

There are a few good reasons to root your android phone: remove bloatware, install special apps, if you are like me and are working on developing apps and want to see what you are doing, or all of the above and then some.

I started writing a post earlier containing my notes from rooting my Droid X, basically a compilation of my research on the subject, but after a while it turned into a rather long guide including step-by-step instructions for those of you looking to attempt the same.

I moved the guide to another page, it can be found at the link below:

Root Droid X - Simple Steps, With Notes

Comments and suggestions on improvements to the guide are welcome and can be sent to [ programs (at) ].

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Software Catalog?

Here’s a fun question:  How do you catalog and archive your software collections?

I’m talking about all of the programs downloaded from various websites, driver files, backup copies of original disks and the like.  Things that are useful to keep around in case you ever want to reinstall from scratch, or your hard drive fails, or in cases such as mine, where I need to support a small network where every workstation gets the same software installed.

I currently use a set of folders on a backup drive, with a spreadsheet to tell me things like versions, date, developer’s website and so on.  Given the amount of software I’ve collected, though, the spreadsheet has gotten a little out of hand, and I’m curious: Is there a better way?

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Bear with me for a bit, you may see a few weird or nonsense things come through my website, and by (automatic) extension, Twitter & Facebook profiles.

I am working on a new project which requires some live web testing, as well as testing some new software.

It may take a while to get all the bugs worked out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sculpt Novelty!

Little girl is very interested in music, which is fine for a sound engineer father. She has a little flute and a harmonica, which she will play for hours, but last Christmas one of the grandparents bought her toy keyboard with microphone.

I've been meaning to take pictures of the box for some time because it's a work of art in it's own right, and here they are, finally.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oybt cbfg gvgyr

Inspired by something I saw on Slashdot this morning I dug this out of my archives, gave it a quick dusting and update and here you go:

FoxPro ROT13 encryption/decryption function source:
(Zip File Download)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Some random words here.

I don't know if this is laziness or ingenuity on the part of the spammers, but this one got past three levels of spam filters this morning: