Back to my roots

Posted on 03 December 2015 by jose


My first job out of college saw me working as a consultant for Northrop Grumman, on a project for another defense contractor. In June 2014, I returned to that world with BlueMetal Architects as a consulting Software Engineer in their nascent Open Source practice. Since then, I've become immersed in new and interesting technologies, surrounded by colleagues I respect immensely and whose technical talents are impressive, to say the least.

Git tricks

Posted on 19 May 2014 by jose

I've been using Git at work exclusively for a while now (like on Hackwater, we've finally moved off of Subversion), and I just want to leave a note to myself outlining some of the useful things I've come across.

Starting with git config, I like to enable color and credentials (for temporary passwordless Github auth). Also, with nearly 40 git repos, having a global ignore list is incredibly useful. I'm still trying to decide on git aliases that I like; I'll maybe do another post when I've definitively come down on those.

Router-behind-router setup for a Uverse 2Wire 3801HGV

Posted on 27 March 2014 by jose

I'd recently been having problems staying connected to my Uverse wireless router (a 2Wire 3801HGV residential gateway). Frustrated by this and the fact that the highest speed it could support was 802.11g (a max of 54 Mbps), and given the large amount of wireless devices on my network, I decided to spring for an ASUS RT-N66U dual-band router. I don't have too many devices that can go on the 5 GHz band yet, but it's nice to have for the future, and in the meantime, with my plan to add a NAS to the network, having internal transfer speeds capped at 54 Mbps just won't do.

Goodbye, Google Reader; Hello, Tiny Tiny RSS!

Posted on 24 June 2013 by jose

With Google Reader's impending retirement, I found myself needing to find an alternative for my RSS aggregation/reading needs. I did a lot of research and tried a few web-based replacements (Feedly, Commafeed, Newsblur), but I found that the heavy load of other transitioning users made those services slow to update, especially when I could compare them to my still-live Google Reader view.

Hackwater sunsetting Subversion in favor of Git

Posted on 06 January 2013 by jose

I've been working on moving my personal code repository from Subversion to Git. My main guide for this is John Albin Wilkins' article on converting a Subversion repository to Git. In it, he outlines the steps he took to convert a Subversion repo to a bare git repository; he follows that article with another announcing a script that does all the heavy lifting for a user that has a number of SVN repos to convert.

I am the rat in the skinner box

Posted on 22 October 2012 by jose

I've been reading a number of articles recently concerning games, their reward systems, and addictive behavior. Some talk about classics like Everquest (Evercrack) or somewhat more recent games like World of Warcraft. Others discuss Facebook games like Farmville and Mafia Wars. Today, I read an article by a game developer about extrinsic vs. intrinsic rewards in a game, and how putting in quests in their game nearly ruined it.

Following up on books

Posted on 27 August 2012 by jose

Six more books since last update, so I'm a bit behind my projected curve. I'm getting Richard Kadrey's latest Sandman Slim tomorrow, and I've just started a book I acquired from my college roommate, but I've also got a nice list of books (and comics/graphic novels) I've culled from wandering through bookstores and pillaging my Wishlist that I hope to acquire from the library.

Read more books!

Posted on 25 May 2012 by jose


I love to read. I also enjoying owning books. As my shelves have filled up, however, I've come to re-learn the value of having a library nearby. Although I've been living in the Alpharetta area for a little while now, I hadn't managed to visit the local library until late February, when I took my daughter and we both acquired library cards.

Windows, printers, and firewalls

Posted on 11 April 2012 by jose

As a Linux geek, I don't usually wrestle with Windows problems (but when I do, I prefer Windows 7); this week, I did a little bit of system administration and troubleshooting at work, since I could physically manage the machines in question. There's no doubt I need to improve my phone support abilities, but since I was available in person, I took advantage.

PAX East

Posted on 11 April 2012 by jose

I'm in Boston(-ish), working out of my office for a week after coming up for PAX East. I didn't attend as many panels as I have in the past, but made up for it via various adventures:

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