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27 March 2018
Career Advancement: The Highly Sought After Solutions Architect Role
Recently I attained the title of Solutions Architect in my career, which is exactly what I wanted to be when I embarked on this career path 16 years ago. Even though I’ve basically been doing the role of a Solutions Architect for a few years now, obtaining the official title and the official responsibilities... Read More...
27 August 2017
JK [DOT] COM Version 4.0 Launched: Rebranding and Refocusing
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you JK [DOT] COM v4.0 Things have been quiet around here. A little too quiet. Unfortunately, I feel that blogging has become a little passé and it’s something I keep meaning to stay above water on, but every time I promise to do more blogging, I set myself... Read More...
01 March 2013
The Most Common Question I Answer on a Regular Basis: "How Do I Learn How to Write Code?"
This is one of the most pervasive questions asked in my industry from folks who are not professional software developers, but perhaps have an interest in pursuing it as a hobby, or as a career: "So, how do I learn how to write code?" I'll start with my own experience as to how I got into... Read More...
28 January 2013
Why Are Modern Browsers Such Memory Hogs? A Short Primer on Processes, DLL's, and Threads
I normally don't like to participate in the so called "browser wars" and that is not the intention of this post. But, I feel that the title poses a legitimate question: What is going on with modern browsers sucking down memory like tequila shots these days? As a web developer, I have a... Read More...
23 January 2013
On Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility: Windows 8 (and How to Make it More Usable)
Note; If you don't feel like reading this entire post, at least read this: Start8 from Stardock Corp (30 day free trial, 5 bucks after that, and well worth it IMO): Get your start button back, disable hotspots, and boot directly to the desktop with that utility. Otherwise, read on. This post is not... Read More...
29 August 2012
Are Personal Websites/Blogs Passé?
I have a love/hate relationship with my personal website/blog. When I started this site almost 9 years ago, social networking wasn’t even in the vocabulary of the internet, and personal branding was a must have. Fast forward to 2012, and Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are ubiquitous, and Tumblr is a... Read More...
17 August 2010
Windows Live Writer Beta
It took me a couple of tries to get the new Windows Live beta package installed on my machine; the secret fix for me was to enable the Windows Firewall service (I disable it since I’m behind other firewalls), so if your install is failing, turn on the Firewall service. You can turn it off again after... Read More...
09 December 2009
Matriculating Into Columbia University, Moving to New York
I have the proud distinction of being able to say that I have been accepted to Columbia University (yeah, that Columbia...the Ivy League one) and will be finishing up my degree there. I'm still in shock that it's actually happened, that I get to fulfill my lifelong dream of attending an Ivy League... Read More...
20 December 2008
I'm Drowning in Paper, So I Bought a Tablet
So another semester has drawn to a close…this semester was my first full one; I did 17 hours and I can say one thing for certain: It’s a lot easier to focus at age 30 than it was at 18, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Finals were pretty gruesome, but overall it was a successful... Read More...
03 November 2008
Obama Picks UNCC As His Last Stop Before Election
Barack Obama has chosen UNCC (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the university I'm attending) as his last stop before the elections on Tuesday. It's pretty telling when a state that can only be described as historically very red is not only a democratic candidate's last stop, but... Read More...
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