Dev Storyteller

Thoughts of practical idealistic problem solver and software engineer, Mark Freedman.

General Articles

Don’t Use Cautionary Tales as an Excuse to Quit

I try to be a positive thinker. It's against human nature, and it's so easy to get caught up in the negativity and naysayers that surround us (especially these days). But something triggered a backlash reaction inside me recently, and I feel it necessary to respond.A...

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Magic Music Passion

I haven't posted in months, due to many reasons, none of which anyone probably cares much about. 😉 Recently, though, I started a new blog, which is focused on music. You see, I've noticed that my blog was losing focus, jumping from topic to topic. But a recurring...

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Changes

Wow, it's been a very long time since I've posted. I'm not a fan of posting about why I haven't been posting, but if you don't tell, I won't. 😉 A lot of changes going on in my life... Got a promotion at work (and an office, but everyone ignores the door being closed...

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Fairfield / Westchester Code Camp Photos

Last week, I wrote about our second annual code camp. Here are some of Lorri's photos of the event. Soon, I'll post some video clips. I'll probably have some more photos in a future post. Please excuse my cheesy captions 😉 Next year, my friend, Dave, will help us...

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Mets Fans, We Aren’t Entitled to Miracles

Now that we're at the close of another bitterly disappointing season, I think it's time we Mets fans realize that we're not really entitled to miracles. We've had our four or so miracles throughout the years. But for some reason, while other fans hope for miracles, we...

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The Real You

I find it fascinating, and at the same time a bit uncomfortable that we are never exactly who we think we are. Our personas shift slightly depending upon who we're interfacing with at the time. Our core personalities remain, but different sides of ourselves come out...

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Talking to Yourself

When I drive to and from work, I listen to podcasts. It makes the trip go faster, and allows me to focus on something other than the traffic. It also takes my mind off the day's events if it was a rather difficult one. Quiet Time But sometimes I need to shut...

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The User Experience has Changed

Your UI is not your father's UI. Back in the late 80's, during the days of Windows 2.0, the big push was to make your applications SAA/CUA compliant. SAA (Systems Application Architecture) was IBM's strategy for enterprise computing in the late 1980s and early 1990s,...

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2008: Starting the New Year Late Again

To kick off 2008, this post will be personal. Sort of a "get my bearings" post to start off on the right foot. You may want to skip reading this if you have something better to do, but it may spark some ideas for yourself. This post was long delayed. It's been my...

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Share Important Information with People Closest to You

It's been a very bad week, which has been made much more difficult simply because of a lack of forethought that would have taken no more than 15 minutes to accomplish. A good friend and close business associate was seriously injured in an automobile accident the other...

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Touching Lives From a Distance

I'm sitting here at my computer, listening to the amazing new inspiring Angels and Airwaves album, digging through my backlog in Google Reader, and hit a 43 Folders post about Leslie Harpold, who died way too young at the age of 40 about a year ago. I had never heard...

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The Day I Met Pete Rose

Yes, what he did was inexcusable, and you may not think much of him as a person, but as a baseball player there are few who played the game harder and with more enthusiasm than Pete Rose. I had the privilege of meeting him (read: buying his autograph) last weekend in...

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Don’t Click “Publish” Yet!

Do you realize that the default option for Microsoft Outlook is to automatically send an email immediately after composing? This has to rank as one of the most short-sighted decisions ever made by a software design team. I'm shocked that they still haven't changed the...

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The Continuing “Shrinking Frame”

Well, it's been a little over six months, and the weight is still slipping off. I should have done this years ago. I'm now down almost 53 pounds, and intend on being under 200 by the time I visit my parents in the fall. They'll be shocked. Lorri is thrilled that she...

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Real Progress!

Well, it's been two and a half months since my public declaration, and so far, so good! I've lost 26 pounds so far, and am well on my way to my ideal weight. Not only has Weight Watchers been a very easy diet (their snacks are great, for the most part -- but I...

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Shape Up or Ship Out

"Shape up or ship out"...well, it sure sounds like I'm giving myself an ultimatum, and I guess in a way I am. Frankly, I'm tired of restarting this process over and over -- just a bunch of false starts. So I'm trying to commit to myself publicly. This time I lose the...

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Separate Blogs Coming Soon

I haven't posted for a while, partly because I was a bit troubled about the variety of unrelated topics I had under a single blog, and wanted to be ready to commit to splitting them under separate blogs before posting again. Over the next several weeks, I plan on...

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