I recently took the kids on a weekend trip to visit my folks. And what I learned was awesome and horrible, all at once. My 81-year-old mother has been diagnosed with macular degeneration. It’s a condition that in her case, has no cure. Having already lost the vision in one eye due to cataracts and…
Last week, a salesman knocked on my door from AT&T. Ready to shoo him away, as I had done for the past four years since moving in, he indicated he was here to sell AT&T Fiber. “What?” The only salesmen I’d seen to this point were hawking AT&T DSL or as they rebranded it, AT&T…
I have been waiting a long time to resurrect an old friend of mine: my MythTV box. I built that machine ten years ago. (I’d show you the specs, but they’re locked away ON the machine in an antique mediawiki web server). It runs Root-on-LVM-on-Raid top to bottom (which, BTW, requires LILO). It was great…
Not a week goes by when I hear some story about people displeased with how their own content has been misused. People gripe that entering stuff into Facebook no longer belongs to them. Other people copy-and-paste such stuff into other places. Things go “viral”. I chuckle at how so many politicians act like we are…
I have never been more excited to be a part of the Spring team as I am now. It feels like we are blazing new trails left and right. Seeing the massive turnout this week for Stephane and Brian’s “Spring Boot University”, a 3-hour session at DevoxxFR, left me awestruck. Wish I could have been there….
As I type this blog entry, from my wife’s newly purchased MacBook AIr, I marvel at the power of open source. Thanks to open source, we are no longer bound to a particular vendor, operation system, or anything else. My wife’s old netbook was the last machine in this household that ran Windows. Back when…
I’m an engineer. Both of my brothers are engineers. My dad was an engineering professor until he retired. One of his brothers was an engineering professor. My two cousins are engineers as well. Bottom line: I know everything about the engineering way of life and and engineer’s mentality. Or so I thought. I met the…
As I’ve pointed out before, it is in your very best interest to learn vi. It may be a cryptic editor to you, but everything uses it’s most basic navigational key bindings (h-j-k-l => left-down-up-right). I just fired up gitk so I could rapidly look at the log messages I had made regarding my manuscript…
I remember growing up how I HATED fruitcake. My dad was a fan of it, but I sure as heck wasn’t. It’s kind of awkward, because my dad and I eat the craziest stuff that neither my mother nor my two other brothers cared for. The biggest? Pickled herring. I love that stuff. And I…
If you visit http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaSpring/events/91397142, you can sign up for my talk I plan to give on Spring Roo and Micro Cloud Foundry in January. I’m excited to travel down there, rub elbows with Spring enthusiasts and co-workers alike, and talk about some good ole’ Spring stuff. For those of you that are coming, I plan to…
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Videos of my presentations
- Live Coding w/ Spring Data @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spinnaker: Land of a 100 Builds @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spring Data REST @ SpringOne 2015
- Spring Data REST @ DevNexus 2015
- Debug and Maintain Your Spring Boot App – 7/9/2015
- Cloud Foundry After Dark – 2/15/2015
- Screencast: REST app built in five minutes or less – 11/20/2014
- Spring Data REST – Data Meets Hypermedia – 2014
- Building Your App Mgmt Tools w/ Spring Boot – 2014
- Grails in the Real World™ – 2013
- @Uber, what are you doing for my mother? November 6, 2018
- Why I might switch from @MailChimp to @AWeber September 3, 2018
- How to sell your book – Part 5 – Keywords August 8, 2018
- How to sell your book – Part 4 – Categories July 31, 2018
- How to sell your book – Part 3 – Cross promoting your work July 26, 2018