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Comment Re:Easy Fix (Score 1) 85

Nobody loves ads, but they keep content free. If you want to pay for Netflix, Hulu+, HBO Go, Showtime whatever, Slashdot Premium, Facebook PRO, LinkedIn LOL j/k, nobody wants that, or whatever else, then fine. But if you're not paying for it, you're being a bad internet citizen by blocking ads. Block Flash, sure. But the rest? Just let it do its thing and remember that it's keeping your beloved content alive and free. As a caveat, I do long for the days when a website (let's go with CNN here) doesn't need 150 MB to load fucking home page content. Everything is so bloated. I'm fine with ads, but can we work on tuning some of these pages? I don't even want to visit some sites because of the toll they take on my system resources. And to your point, I'm sure half of that is ads.
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Journal Journal: Back to School, Back to School, Prove to Daddy That I'm No Fool

Last night I came in to work to help with an oracle table space migration. The benefit being that we would get ~100 GB freed up. The DBA said it would be about a 20 minute outage while he rebuilt the indexes. Well, 20 minutes turned into 2 hours, because he neglected to think of the load on the production database. So I ended up having to shut down one of our heavier hitting apps and that fixed the problem. Still, I'm sleepy because instead of coming in, doing nothing, sending out an email, a

Comment Research Funding (Score 1) 311

How frustrating is it to find that you can't even fucking donate to a cancer research fund without 90% of it going to overhead including marketing and executive salaries. It should be as simple as Kickstarter for research scientists to get money to work on things we all care about. Maybe even like a BountySource model. I'm just spitballing here, but there has got to be a better way than Pinkwashing For the Cure.
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Journal Journal: Every Time I EDI

As I mentioned before, I'm working on a RMM Level 3 RESTful service for our partners to use for B2B transactions. It is made up of resources and actions on those resources. But that's for the future. Right now, I'm stuck dealing with the less than stellar "Company R" as I will call them. They're primarily an EDI shop, like most of the partners I deal with. But they've been instructed to use web services. To them, that means "EDI over the Web."

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Journal Journal: I Push the Money Over Here, Then I Push it Over There

In the last 5 years, I've become something of an expert at managing my personal finances. Not that my finances are in great shape - it is what it is - but at least I'm good at working with what I have.

I've done this with a combination of technology and an incessant desire to know everything about my past, present, and future, especially financially.

Comment IMS (Score 1) 620

When I managed a ColdFusion environment years back, I got a request to write a custom tag to interface with IBM's IMS. I had no idea what it even was, but I obtained some sample Java code and basically wrapped it in the Custom Tag framework and it's worked like a charm ever since. I'm not sure if this counts as "old" since it is still maintained by IBM, but the system itself was born in 1966.
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Journal Journal: IT Heroes and Big Data

Many moons ago (circa 2006), when I was a young lass studying Computer Science, I had a teacher that really stood out. He swore freely in class, wasn't afraid to call a kid stupid for asking stupid questions or not being able to read code, and regaled us with probably one too many fantastic stories about how he played football for the Chiefs. And while he could be an asshole at times, I probably learned more from him than just about any other throughout my college years.

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Journal Journal: Less Hate for HATEOAS

I'm starting to finally warm up to this whole Hypermedia thing. It's really not so terribly difficult to understand.

I actually figured it out on my way to the Slayer / King Diamond show. It was a bit of a walk for me, so I use that time to think through my projects without being at my desk. Helps get me outside the problem and see the forest for the trees.

Comment Re:Why offer only xml? (Score 1) 6

I am using JAXB, actually, and I don't hate it, but I don't love it (for hatred of Java/XML see JiBX). I was hoping to have a base class that would have a root node called "resource" that would contain a self link and a list of links. But for some reason you have to put the root element in each inheriting class, so I have all these inheriting classes with stupid @XmlRootElement(name="resource") at the top... I dunno, it looks like it'll work, just not as elegantly as I had hoped. My biggest problem was understanding the whole HATEOAS thing and how it would apply to my project. I did about a week's worth of research and took a good long walk and I think I have it figured out.

Comment Re:Why offer only xml? (Score 1) 6

I'm in the transportation world, and most of our partners and customers are still on EDI. So, while my code can easily be modified to support JSON (indeed, our internal products only use JSON), XML seems to be the choice of the industry. I'm going to wait for the use case to flip the switches for JSON, since I'm mostly focusing on getting this out the door. Though admittedly, this is a weak excuse not to implement it out the gate because I don't want to deal with it at the moment. Anyway, I think I have it all figured out and I'm loving it now. Just took a while to wrap my brain around it all. Will post a followup.
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Journal Journal: Weird Ubuntu Wireless Shenannigans 2

I got a call from the gf the other day at work. She was at home doing homework on her Ubuntu laptop and said the Internet wasn't working. I believe she said she couldn't connect to the Wireless, actually. So I had her turn off the router and turn it back on. When that didn't work, I said I'd be home in a bit, because trying to walk her through troubleshooting is a nightmare. So first thing's first, I tried pinging Google from my desktop, which also connects wirelessly. I'd get about 39 pings

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