VMWare and the latest Linux kernels

Last week I pulled the 4.0.0-2 kernel from the Debian testing repositories and started using it on my main box. Yesterday morning I try to start VMWare Workstation 11 for the first time since upgrading the kernel, only to have the driver install fail. Some poking around revealed ...

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Rehabbing the site

So, it has been 14 months since I have posted anything. I have had a lot to say over those months, but developing the urge to sit down and write about them instead of doing more "stimulating" things has been hard. I really want to start getting more things down ...

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Ubuntu backlight brightness

Since I bought my new laptop a few months ago and installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it I have not been able to adjust the brightness of the backlight. Until yesterday, this had not bothered me much; I typically use my laptop in well-lit rooms so the extra brightness was ...

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My frustrating Friday

Last Friday (03FEB12) I had the first code review for a major new feature I'm currently working on. The design and implementation of this feature are my responsibility, and I'm the only one working on it, so I feel a significant amount of pride, responsibility, and ownership. From ...

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Ideas, and an Eclipse trick

When I started this blog I knew my updates would be infrequent, but I didn't expect to go ten months without one. I've had many ideas for posts, and other things, in that time. I have tried different methods to help me remember these ideas, from sending myself ...

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Oops...

So, after a 12-day hiatus, the site is back up. I lost yet another hard drive in my web server, and I foolishly was not making regular backups. Won't be making that mistake again.

Anyway, I should have the follow-on to that STEM post soon, though with PyCon mere ...

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On the technical skills shortage and hiring practices

Well, when I said I would be posting infrequently, I didn’t expect to go three weeks between posts. I’ve had the thoughts for this post floating around in my head for the past couple weeks, but only today have they coalesced into something coherent.

The issue of skills ...

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I’m going to PyCon

Last night I registered for PyCon 2011 in Atlanta, GA. This is my first “real” technical convention, and I’ll be going as an individual. I’ve been to an internal symposium at my company, but they’re generally too cheap to send people to things like this. So, not ...

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Let’s get this party started

Welcome to my little piece of the Internet. I envision this blog becoming a repository for my activities in and opinions on software development and computer science, occasionally with a note on some of my other diversions. I’ll avoid much commentary on my day-to-day job, though some will be ...

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