Comment Spammers in Georgia Tech MBA classes

There is a lively discussion going on in the Georgia Tech Evening MBA group on Facebook at the moment about comment spammers in MBA classes. Students were venting their frustration about having to sit through unproductive comments, or comments that seem unrelated to the subject matter. Since Tech students do have some manners people don’t just yell “SHUT THE F**K UP” in class, even though sometimes they would like to. Read On →

A new blogging workflow…

Markdown = Love (Thanks to Dustin Curtis for the Markdown Mark) I’m testing a new blogging workflow using Textmate, Marked, and MultiMarkdown. I have been using the WP-Markdown plugin for WordPress, but I have found it a little lacking. For example, it requires very specific spacing to work with images that have captions, and it re-writes my HTML tables in a really weird way. If anyone knows of a better Markdown WYSIWYG input filter for WordPress let me know and I’ll try it. Read On →

Dell is doing something cool… Wait what? (it’s a Linux Laptop!)

So wow it’s been a really, really, really, really long time since I have thought that Dell was doing something cool. Today they surprised me in a good way with the coolest thing I have seen in a long time: A Linux Developer Laptop – Codename: Sputnik Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook Click the above image to have a look at the hardware Dell proposes to transform into the ultimate developer laptop. Read On →

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a little half baked

I have to say that the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MPBr) that I recently purchased is a little half baked. There are aspects of the user experience that aren’t quite right as Apple pushes the envelope of what’s possible with laptop computers. For example, I have recently experienced the “ghosting” of images on the Retina Display that some people have already been talking about. It got so bad yesterday that I had to reboot the machine to clear it up. Read On →

Updated thoughts on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display

So, the best thing about the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (MBPr) is also the worst thing, and that’s the screen. Let me start off by saying I love, love, LOVE, looking at the new screen. It is the best display I have ever owned, but the rest of the world hasn’t caught up to where Apple is on this one yet. Text looks great! And, my command interpreter (I use iTerm2, sorry Apple but Terminal just does’t cut it) looks the best it ever has. Read On →

How to use MAMP mysql from the command line

MAMP is a great program for easily developing web applications on your Mac computer.  It does have some idiosyncrasies that can have you pulling out your hair if you don’t know what to look for though.  One of them is using your the included ‘mysql’ from the command line. In order to get this to work the first thing you have to do is included it in your PATH somehow.  I prefer to create symlink like this: Read On →

Raspberry Pi Ordered!

Time to Order! I got my email from’s Element 14 today letting me know it was time to place my order for a Raspberry Pi computer! I promptly ordered the $35 mini-computer and I should get it in 2-3 days 🙂 – Element 14 (more than you ever wanted to know about Raspberry Pi) My oldest daughter and I have plans to build her first computer. Read On →

I.T. for local city governments

no servers! I recently took part in an historic vote to form a new city called Peachtree Corners in Georgia where I live. The city was sold to us as a “city-lite” that would only perform 3 services, which was the minimum allowed by Georgia law. In fact, the new city would only concentrate on zoning, trash pickup, and code enforcement. I don’t know much about many of the challenges that our newly elected officials will face, but I do know something about the I. Read On →

OS X Screen Capture

OS X has pretty great screen capture software baked in, but the default location for OS X to drop the files is the desktop. This makes quite a mess and I’m not fond of running after all these randome screen shots. Anyway you don’t have to put up with it. The cunning chaps over at have posted up a way to change it. OS X Daily

Virtual Box

While setting up my new MBPr and Pegasus R4, I realized that now I have enough space (and RAM) to run some virtual machines. My old MacBook Pro (Late 2008) was getting a little long in the tooth and never really seemed to have enough extra juice to run a VM. MacBook Pro – Late 2008 I had to run real MS Excel for one of my first business school classes so I bought a copy of Parallels Desktop 4. Read On →