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21 Mar, 2010

30 Days with a Roomba

Posted by: TheKaptain In: Cool Toys

Recently I got suckered into buying a Roomba at a local store. It was the very basest model on special at $96CD and I gave in to the indulgence to see how it might fare in my home. Fair Disclosure We live with 3 pets. Two dogs and one cat. The dogs are black and […]

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That’s a whole lot of Gr8ness in the title, don’t you think? Ok, ok – I apologize for the pun. I whipped these up using the open source Gource visualization software and with HD content free on Youtube now, I just had to try that out too. Gource Gource is a software version control visualization […]

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Once upon a time I used Eclipse as a development environment. It had a lot of things going for it: free(as in beer), rich community involvement, a plethora of plugins and probably my favorite feature: Mylyn. The problem was that it seemed everytime I wanted to upgrade to a newer version, inevitably half of the […]

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02 Jan, 2010

Atlassian: Here Be Dragons

Posted by: TheKaptain In: Cool Toys|Development

I’ve been using Atlassian tools at work for a few years now, and it’s hard to imagine how much different developing software would be without them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Atlassian, here’s the 10,000 foot view. The Atlassian Toolbox Jira is the cornerstone of the stack and, with the addition of […]

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05 Jul, 2009

iPhone 3.0 and Bluetooth Stereo

Posted by: TheKaptain In: Cool Toys

One of the unexpected benefits of the recent 3.0 update to ithe Phone/iTouch operating system is the rebirth of my Motorola S9 bluetooth headset. I originally bought a pair of these on special from tigerdirect.ca ($19.99 as I recall) to use with a MacBook Pro and they were pretty hit and miss – I eventually […]

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Recently the company I work for has decided to make the move from an internally hosted Microsoft Exchange solution to a Google Apps hosted answer, and I couldn’t be happier. On a Mac, the Entourage client wasn’t entirely bad. But it did hog memory, disk space and processor and require at least one hard quit […]

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