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Dick Wall
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Love my home office even more now with the addition of a new standing desk
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yeah - electric motor to raise/lower - chair is tucked away underneath until I want to use it

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Finally got around to the write-up of the most recent experiences with United airlines, and why I am going to explore the alternatives...

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About 1 week ago, I tweeted this message: Dear #united airlines. I think it's time we decided to break up. It's not me, it's you.... I have decided to elaborate on the circumstances behind this. Let me start by saying...
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Hey DIck, that's a horror story. Unfortunately I had similar stories with Delta. My theory is that they sometimes overbook and they get delayed connections on purpose so that they could deal with the overbooking...  I try to use the European airlines instead from skyteam when I fly over the atlantic... it's also nicer since they get directly to California from Europe so no need to stop in EWR, JFK, which could be problematic due to weather... in any case, I hope all is well otherwise, try not to fly too much, it's not good for you....

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Nice panorama from the Almaden hike
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Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes - so many I have to do the impersonal "thanks to everyone" but you know who you are. Couldn't respond on the day itself, as I was too busy mountain biking and then drinking wine :-)
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What's your favourite wine then? 

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In preparing a new Java Posse episode to go out, I read this on Jeff Atwood's Coding Horror blog. It moved me to make a posting since I see this so often.

"#30: Developer gold-plating. Developers are fascinated by new technology and are sometimes anxious to try out new features of their language or environment or to create their own implementation of a slick feature they saw in another product--whether or not it's required in their product. The effort required to design, implement, test, document, and support features that are not required lengthens the schedule."

If you don't know the person/persons on the project upon which you are working that are doing this, then it might be you! In addition, I would just say that the place to do stuff like this is on your own open source project, not on something with a deadline and clients waiting. It's not wrong to want to try something new, but if you believe it enough to really do it, consider doing it on your own dime.
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Being disciplined about testing can moderate this tendency. When grandiose ideas about how I can introduce some fractal abstraction start infiltrating my head, I just think of all the test code I would have to write and all the hypothetical code lines I'd have to cover and I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

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Favorite panorama from the recent Java Posse Roundup. The town of Crested Butte.
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Looks like you finally got some good snow.
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First meeting of SLIP group - will also cover some SIP topics for now until it is decided whether another group will handle that.
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We need to re-think our dog training for the impending zombie apocalypse. Clearly this approach is not turning her into a vicious zombie killer...
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Up in Napa for the long weekend. It's just torture up here, I tell ya...
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+Jackie Wall glad to know someone's looking after him; I remember having to tie his tie at our graduation 😂😂

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My two girls on the hike in Almaden Quicksilver today.
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Beautiful day!

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Snow-shoeing, Norwegian style :-)
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Told you your tauntaun would freeze before the first marker.
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Software Engineer
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  • Escalate Software
    Partner, 2010 - present
  • Locus Development
    2010 - present
  • Navigenics, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2010
  • Ordnance Survey, UK
  • Bellsouth
  • ERDAS
  • Telinet
  • NewEnergy Associates
  • Google
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Chiddingly, UK - Canterbury, UK - Southampton, UK - Berkeley Lake, GA
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Software Engineer and Co-Host of the Java Posse podcast.
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  • University of Kent
  • BHASVIC
  • Ringmer Comprehensive
  • Chiddingly Primary
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