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The cost of fixing a computer, and Open Source Software

Aug 19 2011No Comments by justin

Note: I started writing this a while ago, but just finished it. This is made obvious by the time stamps of the tweets I reference. Twitter is a great tool, but sometimes you need more than a 140 characters for a reply. This is one of those cases. It all started with a retweet by Karen Lopez, a.k.a. @datachick: “@jlopez255: Starting today -"Name your own price computer repair", U name the price for my labor and I will fix your computer. Parts extra. Which lead to me putting forth the following …

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Open Source Software Roundup July 2009 to December 2010

Jan 30 2011No Comments by justin

Originally this was supposed to be an end of year round up. However, two things happened. First, I did not finish it before the end of the year. Secondly, I realized that it would be better to list software I've discovered over the past 18 months as opposed to a year, due to various personal events that started in July 2009. If I had to use one word to describe my relationship with technology in the past 18 months, it would have to be the Russian word Glasnov. That word, refers the open …

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Open Source Site Roundup 2010

Dec 27 2010No Comments by justin

Its the end of the year, and a great time to look back. In December 2007, I wrote an article about my favorite open source sites, that I am revisiting. It would be grossly inaccurate to call this an annual update, but if I do this again in 2011 I can call that article an annual update. So without further adieu, these are my favorite Open Source Sites for 2010. Github ( - My Profile - JustAProgrammer Org) Distributed version control initially bothered me on principle. I like …

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The great open source bounty experiment

Dec 12 2010No Comments by justin

Like Joel Atwood, I am a huge fan of paying for software, especially donating to OSS projects. I am also a fan of contributing patches to open source projects I use. Usually, my monetary donations are for projects I've used for years as a thank you for the value rendered to me by them. I have also offered money in the past in exchange for the implementation of feature requests. Sometimes my features were implemented, but my money has never been accepted. I am conducting an experiment that will …

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Azure+MongoDb: Having my mind blown at Mongo Boston

Sep 23 2010No Comments by justin

Update: Originally the Mongo Boston talk on Azure was supposed to be given by David Makogon (blog) (twitter). He talks about the session and some upcoming articles he will write in this post. I was at the thoroughly awesome Mongo Boston conference at the Micrsoft NERD Center this weekend. I had a great time at the conference, as well as the surrounding activities. Of all the talks during the conference, one stood out. It was given by Mark Eisenberg who does sales for Microsoft Azure. That talk …

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My new favorite tool, the Far File manager

Jun 21 2010No Comments by justin

Strange things excite me, things even other programmers would consider strange to be excited about. Every once in a while, something comes along that excites me in multiple ways. One of those things is the orthodox file manager, Far. The far manager was developed by Eugene Roshal, who created WinRar. It was originally shareware, but has recently been made open source. I've known about Far for a while. I first discovered it looking for a file manager that could handle a directory with …

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CoApp: Open Source Package Manager for Windows

Apr 11 2010No Comments by justin

As I mentioned before, I am a big fan of msi installers on windows. So I was really excited to see Garrett Serack announce an OSS package management system called CoApp that he has been authorized to work full time on. In my point of view, Garrett really gets it. I'm hoping as a side effect of this project, WiX will get all sorts of dependency handling improvements. I'll be watching how this develops very closely.

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Trouble building PHP on Windows

Jan 17 2010No Comments by justin

Update: It seems that the facts presented to me in the initial bug report are not correct. I will be revising this article after the facts are settled. For now read the comments. It all started with a simple bug encountered while trying to get PHP and WCF to play nice. Before you know it I was attempting to compile PHP on windows myself. That's when I realized how deep the rabbit hole really goes. These days I program in PHP and .NET for a living. In a past life I was a unix admin for small …

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Open Source on Windows

Nov 25 2008No Comments by justin

Today I attended LIPHP. While I began attending LIPHP since I was programming in PHP at the time, I am mostly a .NET programmer these days. The fact that I have recently inherited an abandoned OSS projet written in .NET, further entrenches me as an open source .NET programmer. I was told by a fellow LIPHP member that I cannot truely write open source applications in .NET, or something to that effect. Naturally, this is where I attempt to disprove that. If we study the history of open source …

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These are a Few of My Favorite Open Source Sites

Dec 08 2007No Comments by justin

I'm a big fan of sites about open source. Especially those that categorize, index, and report information about them. I've probably spent more time marketing my pet Open Source project PlaneDisaster.NET on these sites then writing code for it. So I've compiled this list of sites I use. SourceForge ( The true power of open source is allowing anyone to contribute your project. In order to have a successful open source projects, you need to build a community where users …

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