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:

Drupal 6 maintenance mode missing head elements

Posted on 19 January 2012 by jose

Yesterday, I blacked out my site in protest of SOPA and PIPA. I figured the easiest way to do so was to create a quick custom theme just for the occasion, a minimalist theme inspired by BoingBoing's own SOPA Strike page. Further, I would switch my site to its offline mode, which meant I had to have a working maintenance page template.

SOPA Strike

Posted on 19 January 2012 by jose


Yesterday, went offline in protest of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). As an Internet professional, I oppose any legislation that threatens my freedom to work in my medium; SOPA and PIPA would put in legal jeopardy if I were to link to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement, putting a burden on me to ensure that every site I link to is clean of any "offending" links.

Return to Massachusetts

Posted on 12 August 2011 by jose

Note: This post may or may not be inspired by Brandon's post about The Blogenning over at Extant Musings. Because when life gets busy, posting here falls by the wayside. Let's see if I can correct that...

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