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How SmartThings Saved My Stuff and My Dog

I’ve had a SmartThings home automation system for about a year now. I liked the idea of being able to control my house from my phone, but I loved the idea of my house reacting to us and letting us know proactively about what’s going on. My then fiancée (now wife) and I bought smart […]

Asynchronous WCF Calls – Always Check Your State

After beating my head against the wall for a few days, I feel like I should share my experience with the world. Maybe you won’t have the headache I’ve had. I have a WCF service reference. I wanted to make a call asynchronously, wcfClient.ProcessTransaction(arguments, null) /* no call back method */ . The synchronous call worked just fine, but the asynchronous call […]

Smoothie Lessons: Episode 4

Ran into the same problem as before tonight, but with some careful coaxing, I was able to get the smoothie to turn out beautifully. I really should be more careful with the ice and frozen fruits, though. Ingredients 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt ½ cup skim milk 1 small orange 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 4 […]

Smoothie Lessons: Episode 3

Thank goodness my wife was around tonight. I was convinced I destroyed my blender. Luckily, she showed me I was only panicking and the blender was fine. I did learn a valuable lesson though: Don’t allow your frozen fruit to wedge underneath the blender blades before turning it on. But with disaster averted, a brilliant […]

Smoothie Lessons: Episode 2

Tried something new tonight. It was pretty good so I’ll share my recipe/steps. Ingredients 1 can of sliced pineapple 2  apple slices 2 straberries ice Steps Pour can of pineapple slices into blender. Liquify pineapple slices. Strain some of the pineapple froth and discard. Add half ice. Add apples. Add strawberries. Blend till smooth. Add […]

Smoothie Lessons: Episode 1

I’ve recently started making smoothies. As I’m want to do, I bought a blender with pretty good reviews and jumped headlong into the process figuring I would wing it. So after a few smoothies, I’ve learned a few lessons the hard way. I imagine I’ll be learning more lessons the hard way, but at least […]

Trying to install NVidia Drivers to Linux Mint

I was recently trying to install the lastest NVidia video drivers to a laptop running Linux Mint. The process was quite painful, as the NVidia installer require absolute and exclusive access to X. All information I could find came from posts dated at least from 2012, and most of them from 2009/2010. Most of these […]

Fund-raising in the Street is Dangerous

I don’t know if this is particularly popular elsewhere, but here in the Louisville area it seems to be very popular to fund-raise in the street. A group trying to support some cause will wear reflective vests and solicit donations from drivers waiting on red lights. I have nothing against charity, but this is incredibly […]

Presentation: LINQ Basics

While I would not consider myself an expert on Microsoft’s LINQ technology, I would definitely consider myself an enthusiast. Others might call me a LINQ evangelist. Either way, I think LINQ is really cool. The reason that computers exist is to process data. And rarely does anyone need to work with a data set with […]

Season 2 of Derek Coming Soon!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Season 1 of Derek on Netflix. This show, staring Ricky Gervais is possibly the most moving portrayal of human interaction I have ever seen. I’m stoked that this Netflix Original got picked up for a second season, which will be available on May 30th. It doesn’t […]