Monthly Archives: December 2010

My pre-schooler leads me to an Ah-ha moment about location-based services

As much as I enjoy gadgets and playing with new technology, I always find myself a little behind the curve on the latest trends.  When blogs first became popular four or five years ago, I was skeptical.  I remember the … Continue reading

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Comcast, I think it’s time we started seeing other people…

My quest for cutting utility expenses didn’t actually start with AT&T, it started with Comcast. We are at the extreme low end of tv watching in our household.  It is pretty rare that we have the energy for more than … Continue reading

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Chrome App Store has potential, but feels like the right product at the wrong time

Having spent some time playing around with Google’s new Chrome web store, I can see what they are going for, but I’m still not sure that there is a need for it.  At least not yet. Apple has already proven … Continue reading

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Performance Tuning: Visualize your web log performance data using Excel scatter plots

I’ve written previously about how to turn on time-taken values in web logs for IIS, Tomcat, and Apache.  Armed with time-taken data, you can identify which are the slow pages in your system and decide where to focus your performance … Continue reading

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My mission: cut my AT&T phone bill by 30% (farewell unlimited iPhone data plans!)

Ever since my decision to pay to download two tv shows to my phone that I already had sitting on my TiVo, I’ve been thinking a lot about whether we are getting the full value for the money we are … Continue reading

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Hell must have frozen over. My wife is pining to upgrade her iPhone!

In our marriage, I have always been the geek, and Aviva has always been the technophobe.  While she is perfectly capable of using ATM’s and gas station pumps, she much prefers to have me do it for her.  She knows … Continue reading

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