Suburbia Is Nice, But I Prefer The City

July 5, 2014

One of the little known facts about me may be that I didn’t actually grow up in a certain city in Missouri, strictly speaking. I actually grew up in a suburb. In fact, I can’t actually remember if I ever did get to see downtown. My family moved to New Jersey in 1998 anyway, so […]

“We value testing ideas, not talking about them.”

June 10, 2014

A year ago, Paul english of Kayak had a rather interesting interview with The New York Times. The title of this post is one of his ideas that blew me away. Personally, I’m a fan of risk. Yes, that is a dangerous decision and there have been launch-day purchases and other investments I’ve regretted, but like failure, […]

Thoughts On Teams And The “Essential Four Types”

June 10, 2014

Considering that VMware is, perhaps, one of the best known and respected names in the information technology field, I think it should come as little surprise that VMware’s CEO, Paul Maritz, knows how to run a successful business. The New York Times interviewed him in 2010, and it’s worth a read. Strong leadership, no matter […]

FOSS is a Key Player In The Evolution of Technology

May 27, 2014

Note: This is another post for an assignment at Drexel. If you read the other two, you know the drill. FOSS, Free and Open Source Software, is a concept that has fueled many technology innovations. There is a fairly good chance you’ve used a FOSS project without even realizing it. In fact, you’re doing so […]


Why I’m Donating Part Of My Manga To The Drexel Libraries

May 23, 2014

If you’re a “hardcore” manga collector, that title may have made you cringe. For those who know me, you might be thinking I’m nuts right now. But, it’s true. As of today, the Drexel University Libraries are the owners of a portion of my manga collection. Why? A couple of reasons. For one, next year […]

Good Requirements Are Just As Important As Good Code

May 20, 2014

Note: This post is for an assignment here at Drexel. You’re welcome to read it, but it’s a departure from the usual programming. Jim Heumann’s article “Writing good requirements is a lot like good code” is a brilliant read (which you can do here). If you’ve ever had to program or design a system for someone, especially […]

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Thoughts on IRC

May 20, 2014

Note: This post is for an assignment here at Drexel. You’re welcome to read it, but it’s a departure from the usual programming. My first encounter with IRC likely dates back to around 2005 when I was active on a forum I’ve since left. 2007 is when it became one of the programs I almost […]


So What Do You Do At The University Archives?

May 14, 2014

I believe I’ve talked about this subject before, but it remains one of the most frequently asked questions I get at Drexel. It’s one that has also come with more than a few strange looks. But go ahead, look at me weird when I say I work in the Archives. I love it, and I […]