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mombrea

mombrea

Member since: October 2012

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Software engineer, founder of Cypress North, technology enthusiast.

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile, Networking, Software, Virtualization, Software, Programming

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  • The smartwatch is a tech-lover's dream. It's also something that has been a consistent let down to date.

    11 weeks 6 days ago

  • The smartwatch is a tech-lover's dream. It's also something that has been a consistent let down to date.

    12 weeks 10 hours ago

  • As is the custom, the code which works perfectly in your local environment rarely works as perfectly in your remote test environment. Some issues can only be reproduced on the different hardware running as a different service account etc. To find out exactly what’s happening in that environment, you need to set up remote debugging.

    12 weeks 6 days ago

  • Monitoring, anticipating, and reacting to server load is a full time job in some organizations. Unexpected spikes in resource usage can indicate a software or hardware problem. Gradual increases over time can help you predict hardware growth requirements. Underutilization can show you opportunities to use hardware more efficiently. CPU load is one of the most important metrics for measuring hardware usage.

    13 weeks 1 day ago

  • Monitoring, anticipating, and reacting to server load is a full time job in some organizations. Unexpected spikes in resource usage can indicate a software or hardware problem. Gradual increases over time can help you predict hardware growth requirements. Underutilization can show you opportunities to use hardware more efficiently. CPU load is one of the most important metrics for measuring hardware usage.

    13 weeks 1 day ago

  • I know a guy who has an interesting take on programmers. He views them as modern day plumbers or mechanics. Whether that sounds negative or positive to you, (I think he means it in a mostly negative way) the parallels are there. The truth is, I agree with him.

    14 weeks 1 day ago

  • The popularity of Wordpress has made it a prime target for site attacks. The more people using the same platform of any type, the more success hackers will have exploiting a larger number of users. Wordpress is one of the best CMS and publishing platforms out there, so rather than avoiding it entirely, you should do the work to improve the security of your site instead.

    14 weeks 5 days ago

  • Developer productivity. It's a very difficult thing to measure objectively and it only gets more difficult with size. Finding an accurate gauge of developer performance, one that is quantifiable, is the holy grail of IT management in larger organizations.

    15 weeks 2 days ago

  • Earlier this week Apple launched a refreshed version of its Macbook Air lineup. And they did so quietly. With a minor hardware upgrade comes a price decrease of $100 making what's quite possibly the best laptop even better and more affordable.

    16 weeks 5 hours ago

  • Earlier this week Apple launched a refreshed version of its Macbook Air lineup. And they did so quietly. With a minor hardware upgrade comes a price decrease of $100 making what's quite possibly the best laptop even better and more affordable.

    16 weeks 5 hours ago

  • Google purchased Nest back in January this year for $3.2B and people everywhere are still wondering why. The Nest is a handsome device to be sure, but at around $250 a pop, it’s not exactly a household name. To recover its purchase price, Google would have to sell a lot of Nests...except they won’t have to.

    16 weeks 4 days ago

  • Google purchased Nest back in January this year for $3.2B and people everywhere are still wondering why. The Nest is a handsome device to be sure, but at around $250 a pop, it’s not exactly a household name. To recover its purchase price, Google would have to sell a lot of Nests...except they won’t have to.

    16 weeks 5 days ago

  • When I started out programming, everything was unknown to me. Getting the computer to do anything was exciting. My breadth of knowledge was narrow and the depth was shallow. This meant that each new problem, no matter how trivial, was a monumental undertaking to solve. Building on that issue was the fact that I’d succumbed to a common pitfall of rookie developers, I built everything from scratch using only what I knew.

    17 weeks 1 day ago

  • Building a user interface heavy application in .NET is a difficult task. With the rise of tablet computing, the technique you use is more important than ever if you want your app to perform on a wide range of devices. But each technique has its trade-offs.

    17 weeks 6 days ago

  • On tax day, April 15th 2014, Google is making its Glass project available for purchase to everyone. While it sounds exciting and tempting event at $1,500, I’d caution you to reconsider before taking the leap.

    18 weeks 1 day ago

  • On tax day, April 15th 2014, Google is making its Glass project available for purchase to everyone. While it sounds exciting and tempting event at $1,500, I’d caution you to reconsider before taking the leap.

    18 weeks 1 day ago

  • Pushing code to a server - test, production, or otherwise - is an error prone hassle. Invariably you forget to update a connection string or push a DLL or include new image resources. True, lots of solutions exist for continuous integration, but they’re not always practical during development.

    18 weeks 5 days ago

  • I don’t buy a new laptop as often as I should, about once every 4 years or so. My previous one, a Macbook pro, was passed on to another developer so I needed a new one. What I landed on after some research and a return of a different model is the Dell Inspiron 14 7000.

    19 weeks 18 hours ago

  • I don’t buy a new laptop as often as I should, about once every 4 years or so. My previous one, a Macbook pro, was passed on to another developer so I needed a new one. What I landed on after some research and a return of a different model is the Dell Inspiron 14 7000.

    19 weeks 1 day ago

  • The .NET framework does a lot to help improve and speed up the development process. One of the areas it really shines in is API development. Using the WebAPI and, more recently, WebAPI 2 project types can save you a massive amount of effort when creating an API from scratch. Here’s a blanket solution for a common gotcha with API development in general.

    19 weeks 6 days ago

  • The humble dropdown box. It’s everywhere and it’s an essential component of HTML forms. It’s also not very good. It’s useful in cases where there are a small number of options to choose from and useless when there are a large number of options. People have been trying to improve the functionality of the dropdown box with JavaScript for years, the best and most complete solution I’ve seen yet is the Select2 library.

    20 weeks 1 day ago

  • It’s a shame that such a large percentage of laptops still come with slow, 5400 RPM, mechanical hard drives. A solid state hard drive not only boosts performance substantially, but also improves battery life and the longevity of the system.

    21 weeks 10 hours ago

  • Have you ever been to a website that took you on a nice looking, interactive tour of its features? If you have, I bet you thought “hey, that’s pretty neat”, or maybe “zomg, such fancy, wow”. Regardless, you probably also wondered how they accomplished it. Here’s one solution from the folks over at LinkedIn called Hopscotch.

    21 weeks 5 days ago

  • Mobile development is tough. Anyone who has created an app, especially natively, will tell you that. While the tools and SDK’s have improved dramatically over the years, the fundamentals have stayed the same. What is it that makes it so tricky, and why does the lay person assume it’s so easy?

    22 weeks 1 day ago

  • Taking advantage of .NET generics can save you loads of repetitive data access leg work. Since it’s likely that each of your data tables will require the same basic operations (Get, Find, Add, Update, Delete) you’d be better off writing these functions once instead of recreating them for each data model.

    23 weeks 1 day ago

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