Why I Stopped Funding My IRA

May 21, 2013

I don’t put anything in my IRA or 401(k). Zilch. Don’t get me wrong. I save for retirement – a lot. But, out of all of the saving and investing I do these days, none of it is tax-sheltered. None of it is going to grow tax-free. And that’s a conscious choice on my part. […]

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Apologies For The Email Noise On Sunday

May 14, 2013

[Note: This post is addressed primarily to subscribers of my separate travel blog.] I‘m sorry. You may have received an email from me (my blog, to be exact) this past Sunday that contained 10 or so posts/articles that had nothing to do with travel or travel-planning. That was my bad. It was completely unintentional and […]

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Hibernate, Sybase, and the Unchained Transaction Mode Error

May 7, 2013

The other week, the following error got raised in our testing environment – against some rather new code that we deployed (into our existing Java/Hibernate/Spring-based web application running against a Sybase database): Stored procedure [procedure name] may be run only in unchained transaction mode.

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How To Print Checks Without QuickBooks

May 1, 2013

Writing checks makes me angry. Not because it represents a withdrawal from one of my accounts. I’m OK with that. I just really don’t enjoy engaging in the physical act of sitting down and scribbling on a piece of paper, knowing that there are much better ways to relay money these days. I’m all about […]

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Becoming a Successful Java Consultant

April 18, 2013

“[I] saw that you are a senior Java consultant for many years, which is what I want to be, too. So I thought I’d connect to you and ask what it takes to get there…” Somebody actually sent this to me. Somebody that I’ve never met. Pretty cool. 🙂 So, what’s the answer? Credentials Well, […]

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Fighting for Frequent Deploying

March 27, 2013

You’re a software developer. You’ve been there. You (or your team) has just pushed a highly-anticipated release out to production. Success! But, one/four/eight hours later, you start hearing customers complain about something being broken. The release contains a defect! Crap. And so, the team scrambles into action. Developers diagnose the issue and ascertain the source […]

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Receipt Slips Are NOT Recyclable

November 19, 2012

Do you toss your receipts into the paper recycling bin? Well, as much as it pains me to say it, you shouldn’t. Yeah, I know. It sounds crazy. I was at MOM’s the other week when I noticed a bin in their recycling area labeled “receipts”. My girlfriend and I thought it odd that receipts […]

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Baltimore’s Watching You

November 5, 2012

Today’s Baltimore City is a Cold War-era KGB agent’s wet dream. There’s cameras everywhere. More accurately, if Baltimore Police Lt. Samuel Hood’s vision is realized, there will be. I learned this during the 1st Annual Baltimore Tech Crawl, whose second stop was the Baltimore Police’s Citiwatch control center. Here, Lt. Hood gave a presentation (to […]

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The Overlooked Reason Why Multiple Exits are Evil

October 30, 2012

What do you prefer – methods with a single exit or multiple exits? I was doing a code review the other day and noticed that the developer had coded multiple return statements (this was written in Java) into a method. I stated that I really, really didn’t like this practice, but admitted that it was […]

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Discovering Sustainatarian

October 28, 2012

Imagine you’re a happy-go-lucky meat-eating omnivore. Eating your roast beef, turkey, and tuna fish sandwiches. Enjoying a burger or two at seasonal cook-outs. Savoring some pulled pork on occasion. Eating your fair share of chicken (which is pretty much in everything, it seems). Indulging in sushi. For you, life is good. That was me, Mike. […]

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