What’s your Real Life Social Aura?

What’s your Real Life Social Aura?

Mornings around my house are usually hectic to say the least. With two little kids and a wife that needs to leave for work early, efficiency is the name of the game. Throw today’s snow storm into the mix and you have a pretty busy start to the day. To

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Solve Circular Inclusion Problems in C++

Solve Circular Inclusion Problems in C++

C++ is one of my favorite languages although sometimes even the things we really enjoy can drive us absolutely insane. This is especially true when dealing with header files and proper inclusions which, if you’re just staring out in the world of C++, can be confusing to say the least.

The Bedroom Dash

The Bedroom Dash

You fix the covers, lean in for a kiss then slowly step back away from the bed. Turning, you mimic a church mouse trying to scurry across the room towards the door. The whole way your heart is beating like a bass drum while the stress makes the blood pound

Does Having an Evil Laugh Make you a Villian?

Does Having an Evil Laugh Make you a Villian?

A friend of mine recently asked whether a child with an evil laugh is destined to become a future villain. To be honest the question caught me off guard.  Does having the trademark “Bwa-ha-ha” laugh instantly mark you as a future evil-doer or do villains acquire their laughs simply as

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Setup Eclipse for C++ 11 – Ubuntu 12.04

Setup Eclipse for C++ 11 – Ubuntu 12.04

If you’ve tried compiling something like std::to_string(42) and received a compiler error then chances are your Eclipse CDT isn’t set up for C++ 11.  No worries.  Everything you need is already installed, all you need to do is enter the proper project settings. To start you need to add the

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How to Back Up Alfresco – Step by Step With Script

How to Back Up Alfresco – Step by Step With Script

Alfresco is an open source data management tool that I’ve recently implemented and rely heavily on.  However finding complete instructions on how automate Alfresco backups was a bit of a challenge. Most sources were sketchy with good points scattered here and there.  Eventually I put together a set of instructions

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Handling Online Returns – Turning Customer Problems into Success

Handling Online Returns – Turning Customer Problems into Success

Last father’s day I received a soda siphon – a pressurized bottle that uses CO2 charges to make sparkling water.  I had one as a kid and always thought they were the coolest thing ever. The excitement quickly faded when rather than creating a fizzy drink my siphon effectively soaked

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Quiet Server for the Home or Small Office

Quiet Server for the Home or Small Office

There’s a wide rang of server options for running professional grade services, such as hosting your own website out of your own home or small office. Although what people often forget is that high end, reliable servers are incredibly noisy. These machines are designed to run in collocation facilities where

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SQL 2005 on ESX Installation Fails – How Odd

SQL 2005 on ESX Installation Fails – How Odd

I’m sure that all professions have their share of daily headaches but computer science seems to take the cake. I find it amazing how a simple process that you may have done a dozen times over can suddenly turn into a vicious 3 hour hair-pulling endeavour for what seems like

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To Niche or Not To Niche – Why Narrow Topics Can be Bad

To Niche or Not To Niche – Why Narrow Topics Can be Bad

If you’ve ever searched a “should I start a niche blog” type question on Google you’re bound to have received a million and one reasons why blogging around a tightly knit niche is the only way to blog. Everything from refining your blog’s content for SEO reasons to keeping your