Posts about ramblings

14
Jul
2019

Just Take The Train

I love flying. Always have. Ever since my first flight as a kid, there was justsomething magical about getting into a giant metal bird and taking to the sky. I...
19
Jan
2019

The 2018 MacBook Pro Sucks

I've been an Apple fan for a long time. My first laptop was a Powerbook 5300cs,purchased secondhand at the Auburn University Surplus Auction. I've been usingApple equipment exclusively since 2007....
2
Jul
2015

What Happens When Your Post Goes Viral

It's been a crazy week. Apparently my last post struck a nerve. :)After a momentus day which saw the Supreme Court legalize marriage equality, I was thinking about what could...
26
Jun
2015

An Open Letter to Chief Justice Roy Moore

Those of my longtime readers will know that I very rarely if ever mention anything on this blog other than my ramblings on tech. But today is a very different...
10
Mar
2015

Design Tweaks and New Content!

So I've tweaked the design of the blog a bit.There's now a header, and all the links that were in the sidebar are now in the header. There were simply...
10
Feb
2015

Cutting The Cord

"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better."But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you...
25
Jun
2014

Some Thoughts on Aereo

So today the Supreme Court ruled Aereo, the Internet TV streaming service, to be in violation of copyright law. And, at least to me, this was not unexpected.I think one...
9
Dec
2013

Why you shouldn't learn to code

The Internet is abuzz with the news that President Obama is calling on every American to learn how to code. And while I think it's a good idea for everyone...
17
Oct
2013

Welcome to the new robpeck.com!

So you may notice that robpeck.com now has an entirely new look. It's not just a new look, but a ground-up re-architecture of my blog.No more Wordpress. This site is...
24
Aug
2013

Nine lessons I've learned since becoming a Dad

On November 27th, 2012, I became a Dad. My little girl, Scarlett, was born at a little past 8pm that night. Being that she's coming up on nine months here...
28
Jul
2012

NBC and the Olympics

It's always amusing to watch what happens when old media slams head first into a new world.NBC, the broadcaster holding the rights to Olympic coverage in the United States, seems...
25
Mar
2012

Don't be a PHP / JavaScript / Java / Ruby developer - Be a Software Developer

Among the many sites I follow for programming discussion is /r/PHP on reddit. While most of the discussion is more user-based than I would like - things like frameworks, use...
14
Mar
2012

Disabling Text Zoom in Netbeans

A couple of days ago, I upgraded to the most recent version of Netbeans - 7.1.1. I had been running a 7.1-DEV nightly from back in 2011 and just hadn't...
10
Feb
2012

Professionalism and respect: raising the bar for developers (and myself)

This article and the accompanying discussion on Hacker News really got me to thinking tonight. I'm not going to say much about the post itself other than that I agree...
27
Jan
2012

What An Awesome Future We Live In

Sometimes it's easy to forget what an amazing modern world we live in. Even if I think back just 10 years ago, it blows my mind how much has changed....
28
Dec
2011

Goodbye GoDaddy

Using GoDaddy as my registrar is one of those things I've always felt vaguely ashamed of. Something I knew all the "cool kids" didn't do, but I was already so...
30
May
2011

Do Version Numbers Matter?

The recent announcement by Linus Torvalds that the next release of Linux will be 3.0 has provoked rather furious discussion around the Internets about whether or not the incrementing of...
22
Apr
2011

Interview Questions for Programmers

Over the years, I've seen a number of blog posts relating to common questions that should be asked of programmers. Obviously, this is going to depend on exactly what position...
9
Mar
2011

Xcode 4

So today, out of nowhere, Xcode 4 finally landed as an official release. After seemingly forever in beta, and me quipping more than once about it's similarity to Duke Nukem...
3
Sep
2010

Ping and Social Overload

Two days ago Apple announced Ping: a social network geared towards music sharing. And a bunch of iPods too. Personally, I was more excited by the new AppleTV (I have...
26
Jun
2009

Why Bing Sucks

So I see Microsoft's is attempting to rebrand the old Windows Live Search as bing.com. The commercials on TV are advertising it as a different type of search engine -...
2
Jun
2009

Drama? In My Developer Community?

... it's more likely than you think!And here I thought drama was isolated to fandom mailing lists and MySpace!I was not at php|tek this year. I keep meaning to make...