Category Archives: tech

Joe’s 2016 Holiday shopping guide

2016 has been a unique year.  I know my post is a bit late for Christmas shopping, but here it is none-the-less. Giving our one and only planet some help: Union of Concerned Scientists National Resource Defense Council Giving the gift … Continue reading

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Setting up a work queue with jQuery deferred

So I had an interesting use case and solution this past week with Backbone, collections and server synchronization. The details aside, I needed to keep the backbone collection in sync with what was stored on the server. It seemed simple … Continue reading

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Programming the NS-500UR Led Sign

I recently purchased the NS-500UR Led Sign from an Amazon reseller for the PLOS Office. I wanted to have it display the latest 10 terms users have searched for given the search engine on our website. It was a bit … Continue reading

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Bay Area dot coms

So today I spent the afternoon driving around Mountain View. After going to the Computer History Museum (which was awesome mind you) I stopped by Google, Apple and Facebook world headquarters. Food for thought, all of the campuses were non-descript. … Continue reading

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The perception of vendor lock in

So I have this perception of my Android phone being more open and DRM free, and my Apple/iTunes account not being. I had an interesting experience this morning that I thought was best shared. So, I just frustratingly bought an … Continue reading

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Comcast VS FCC

Ouch, I don’t know how I missed this. So Comcast wins the right to tell you what data packets (That you paid for) come to your computer first. Basically, a site like Hulu (who might have a partnership with Comcast) … Continue reading

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Teamcity status macro for Trac

I had a need to print the build status of our teamcity server in trac. After researching various solutions, I figured a trac macro would best fit. It was a surprisingly simple solution so I figured I would share it … Continue reading

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