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The Falliability of Hard Drives and the Recovery of Data

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:57:10 +0000

The claim "My hard drive failed" is the modern day equivalent of saying "The dog ate my homework".

The Distributed Nature of Email Systems Vs The IRS’s Claims

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:11:20 +0000

Lois Lerner's computer that failed was NOT her email server. It is technically and physically impossible for her computer to actually send (modern) email, she MUST connect to a Mail Server to do that.

Dissecting the IRS’s Claims Regarding Lois Lerner’s “Lost Email”

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:56:06 +0000

Breakout and enumeration of the implicit and explicit claims being made by the IRS.

A Technologist’s Peer-Reviewed, In-Depth, Simplified Analysis of the IRS Claim of Lois Lerner’s Email Being Deleted

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:13:56 +0000

The IRS claimed today that they have "irretrievably lost" two years’ worth of Lois Lerner's email. This is a fairly outlandish and quite convenient event. And it's a lie.

It’s official: Apple fanboy desperation has splashed off the bottom into the Land of the Ludicrous

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:20:54 +0000

Having apparently completely lost his mind, possibly from overexposure to the pinwheel of death, a (should be) 12-step seeking Apple Fanboy recently posted this: "It’s official: Apple sells more computers than all Windows PCs combined"

I’m riding on the train – who else is on here?

Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:23:32 +0000

I’m riding the UTA Front Runner train from Orem to Downtown Salt Lake this morning, I’ll be riding for a little over an hour.  I’m logged into the train’s wireless to type this and I’m logged in to Facebook at the same time. Facebook has permission to know my location – but guess what?  It …

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.Net Collection Types: Hashtable vs. Dictionary

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:51:28 +0000

Deciding what type of collection to use in a project is based on the objectives and needs of your project – which you will probably already know.  But to decide which collection object to use, you need to know the major and subtle differences in collection implementations and what their impact will be on your …

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Using Generics in .Net

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:19:38 +0000

Generics provide for extended code reusability and type safety in your projects.  A generic is a class, structure or interface that uses a type parameter as a placeholder for the actual type that it will contain or use.  These generic type definitions cannot be instantiated as they are not complete. In its simplest form, it …

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Data Adapters in ADO.Net

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:31:08 +0000

Data Adapters are the objects in ADO.Net that allow us to communicate and exchange data between a data source and a dataset.  With them, we are able to retrieve data from and write data to a database (actually any type of data repository). The type of database you are connecting to informs you as to …

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C# .Net Basics: Classes

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:31:10 +0000

Classes A class is a user defined object or type construct that allows you to group together fields, properties and methods into a custom type that behaves in a consistent way.  A class is a reference type; when an instance of a class is instantiated, an object reference is returned to the calling function, not …

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LDS General Conference in a Modern World #ldsconf

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 23:12:44 +0000

For most of my life paying close attention to LDS General Conference has been primarily an exercise in sleeping.  It’s not just conference, but anytime I stop moving and stare at a tv – it just puts me to sleep.  With modern technology though, Conference can and has, for me, become a much more interactive …

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News & Views 29 Apr 10

Fri, 30 Apr 2010 05:01:17 +0000

This might be a regular feature, or it might just be hit and miss.  What it will be though is mostly quick quips on news items.  Some will be political, some tech, some other junk.  It’ll mostly just be stuff I found interesting, funny, stupid or worth noting. Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz received a …

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What I’m up to lately.. where things are for now

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:40:15 +0000

Serenity is almost to her second anniversary of having Leukemia.  The doctors are currently telling us that she'll be 'cured' and be able to go off treatment in July.  Being cured means that she has successfully gone through the treatment protocols and if she doesn't relapse for 5 years she'll be considered medically cured.  Relapse …

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Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:45:35 +0000

So I haven't written for almost a year. Before that, it was really sporadic. Before that I often wrote more than once a day. So what happened? That's what I've been wondering tonight. Here are a couple thoughts. My life and my objectives completely changed after Serenity was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Blogging anything that wasn't …

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On Calendars, Contacts, Email and Anti-Microsoft People

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:16:19 +0000

Seriously?  You still read my blog?  Shocking.  I’m just writing cause I want to vent. This morning I went to Phil Windley’s CTO Breakfast which is a breakfast meeting of a great group of techies.  I haven’t been in a while -I haven’t done much of anything public lately, except blogging on Utah Preppers, and …

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Catching Up, Again.

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 06:18:18 +0000

I’ve been blogging like crazy over on Utah Preppers and completely ignoring this one.  My passions and interests have shifted in the last year, quite a bit.  I’m not sure what’s coming down the road and I hope and pray that it’s not as bad as my imagination thinks it might be.  But, I’m pretty …

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Day 2 of Juice Fasting

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:45:29 +0000

Yesterday was my 2nd day of Juice Fasting and my first day of doing it at work. I am used to drinking around 8 – 10 cans of Mountain Dew each day and hadn’t had one since Saturday night, I had a killer headache. Since I needed to be able to function at work, I …

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Juice Fasting or ‘Cleansing’ – I started mine yesterday

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 19:13:42 +0000

Yesterday I started a 40 day Juice Fast.  I’m putting myself through this suffering for a couple reasons.  1) To reset my metabolism, I plan to lose 30 pounds in the next 3 months (that’ll put me at 199) and this will not only put me on a diet but will help me burn calories …

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The Saga of Chicken Pox with Leukemia

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 18:45:50 +0000

So Serenity ended up spending 24 hours in the hospital, now she is home on IV meds. Here’s the interesting thing, we’re basically being her primary care providers – that’s how much training and experience we’ve gained in medicine this year. Chicken Pox is a potentially deadly combination with Leukemia, but only if there is …

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Chickenpox! Serenity heading back to the Hospital

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 23:24:38 +0000

 I swore I would be better about blogging Serenity’s hospital/leukemia journey than I have been lately – unfortunately, now is my chance to make good on that.  Serenity (my youngest daughter who has leukemia) has just been diagnosed with Chickenpox, one of the more dangerous things that could happen for her right now.  Adria is currently …

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Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:44:48 +0000

I’m so frustrated right now.  It seems I’ve almost completely lost my ability to focus – something I heavily rely on to work.  I wish I could figure out what the hec the deal is so I could fix it!  I can’t figure out if it’s from not being able to sleep, ever, from stress …

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Why I Prep

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 22:36:29 +0000

Over on the UtahPreppers blog (where I’m one of the authors), ekim asks the question “Why do you prep?“  This is my response to it. I’ve been a survivalist/prepper all my life.  I grew up spending all my time in the woods across the street and working on ranches.  It’s really in my blood, my …

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Catching Up

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 06:36:26 +0000

So, it’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged.  Sorry about that, it’s complicated. Honestly, things got to the point that I was emotionally drained and what ended up happening was that my blog was dragging me all the way back to day 1 with Serenity constantly.  I burned out on life online and …

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Utah Programmer Tom Gregory’s son passes away

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 07:13:43 +0000

 I’ve been swamped lately and haven’t taken the time to blog for some time, but this is definately something I have time to stop and share with everyone. I don’t know Tom very well, our paths cross several times a year at Utah networking and other events (he’s a regular at the CTO Breakfast), but …

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Blood Drive was a Success! And, I’m a big Sissy!

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 05:24:52 +0000

The Serenity Foundation’s first National Bloggers Blood Drive was a big, fun success!  We collected 23 units of blood which, by the numbers from ARUP, calculates to saving 69 lives – not bad for a quickly organized event!   I’ve uploaded the photos I took of several donors, they’re available on my Flickr Feed here. Twelve …

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