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enjoying Bell’s Oberon Summer Ale from Kalamazoo MI – like a white beer with a bit more hops


Honesty About 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know published by Houghton Mifflin Company

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know published by Houghton Mifflin Company

No first – you probably need to take the list with a grain of salt – since it was published by a company that makes dictionaries :)

An interesting note – there are a lot of science/math words on this list – maybe they are trying to make a point about that.

That being said – I figured I’d see how I would do. I mean I finished high school. I even made it through college. I even manage to squeeze in a book here or there. So here are the words you can stump me with:


So basically I missed 18 words – that is a C+/B- land – bummer

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For when your coffee isn’t strong enough – proving the point that for some people cofee is just a caffeine deliery system..I didn’t try it -mostly because these days I’m jiterry enough



Now you too can catch up on the latest interweb trend…

No one knows who put the first cat picture on the Internet, but they have since become an unstoppable, mutating force.

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Imagine the thought power gathered around the compute


Microsoft’s Unwinnable War on Linux and Open Source

Microsoft’s Unwinnable War on Linux and Open Source

When asked by Fortune whether Microsoft would ever seek to “sue its customers for royalties, the way the record industry has,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer answered, “That’s not a bridge we’ve crossed, and not a bridge I want to cross today on the phone with you.”


I met one of the leaders of this project last night in Austin. I’ve been camped out working on better LDAP integration for a number of the Rails tools I’m building at work.

LDAP has some real advantages over relational databases. There end up being main problems.

To get the full value you really need to make it authoritative or you end up spending a lot of time trying to sync data into the tree (which depending on where the data is coming from and the velocity of change) – that can be cumbersome.

On the other side, it turns out LDAP experience is no where near as common as SQL experience. So you end up working through some alien technology.

It turns out there is an open source option that over comes both issues : FAQ | Penrose

Virtual directory technology offers a way to provide that consolidated view of user identity without having to reconstruct an entire directory infrastructure. Implemented in the form of middleware, a virtual directory is a lightweight service that operates between applications and identity data.

So basically you can use it as a middle layer to pretend to be an LDAP/ActiveDirectory server on top of your database. The engine handles caching and other details. This means you don’t have to deal with syncing and you get to operate more in the side of the house that most devs know – relational databases.

Apparently some big corporate customers are deploying it to handle exposing there CRM info to LDAP and using it as a proxy to consolidate multiple ADs into a single view.

I was hoping to play with it this week (been swamped prepping for RailsConf). I have a feeling I won’t be able to use it in full production because work already has a solution, but I am thinking about using it with some of development stuff since it would make admining the test directory services easier to manage.

RailsConf 2007

It has been a bit of a zoo lately so I forgot to post about this. They added a new track to RailsConf and my presentation got accepted. You can see me speak on May 18.

RailsConf 2007 • May 17, 2007 – May 20, 2007 • Portland, Oregon

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