Apple has a bug in a beta version of iOS that pops up an annoying message periodically, and the whole Internet lights up, and it’s fixed in a couple of days, and we all know about it the moment it’s fixed. Meanwhile, Microsoft breaks SSIS deployment in an official release of Visual Studio, and it stays broken for weeks, and when they finally release a fix, the only way I know about it is because I Googled the problem to see if anything had changed… Oh, and now it’s telling me I have to restart my PC…

I just figured out that the Scroll Lock key actually does something on Windows! Made me want to scream and burn Excel to the ground, but hey—I learned something new today!

Why We Encrypt

Bruce Schneier:

Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.

This is the clearest statement I’ve seen of the case for ubiquitous, on-by-default encryption.

What I Want From Tech Support

I’ve been working with a software vendor on the same support case for 15 days now, and it’s driving me crazy. It would be unprofessional to rag on the vendor here, but I will share a few thoughts on what I want from tech support that I consistently don’t get.

Markdown Test

I just had a terrible thought: what if WordPress lets you post in Markdown but converts it immediately to HTML and doesn’t preserve the original Markdown source. That would be a terrible shame. I’ll find out in a minute… Oh, good—it does preserve the Markdown source. What a relief!

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Write (More) Effortlessly With Markdown

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with “Finally!” Others might be asking, “what’s that?” Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML. Let’s take a closer look. Here is an example of how Markdown looks while editing a post: This is…

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New Project: Backbone Reference App

Today I released a JavaScript reference application, built on Backbone, Marionette, and RequireJS. I’ve learned a lot over the past several weeks, and at times the learning curve was steep, partly because I couldn’t find a good reference application that I could learn from. To-Do apps are the classic example, but they’re too trivial to… Continue reading New Project: Backbone Reference App

Lessons in Bug Hunting

Yesterday’s lesson in bug hunting: don’t assume you’re an idiot. I spent a few days trying to figure out why my success callback wasn’t being called. It had been working before I updated to jQuery 1.9.0, and I didn’t think I had changed anything. After much head scratching I found out that jQuery 1.9.0 introduced… Continue reading Lessons in Bug Hunting

I launched a new intranet application today. Nothing fancy, just a simple app to address a real need in my organization. Initial feedback has been very positive. Feels good to ship!

Washingsoft UAnix

Here’s another product parody Lars and I did in college: Washingsoft UAnix. This was born out of our frustration with the way the University of Washington had—shall we say—embraced and extended standard Unix functionality.

Microsoft Orifice

Aaahhh, the joys of Photoshop and free time. I just stumbled on this little trip down memory lane—a parody of a Microsoft Office box that my roommate (Lars Blacken) and I did in college.

How to Override IE’s Compatibility View Behavior On Intranet Sites

To force IE to edge mode (even on intranet sites, where IE would otherwise use compatibility mode), the server needs to send X-UA-Compatible as an HTTP header. Using a meta element in the document head doesn’t work reliably. I found the answer buried in this Stack Overflow thread. In my case, I was working on… Continue reading How to Override IE’s Compatibility View Behavior On Intranet Sites

Single Sign-On Epiphany

When I wrote about my experience setting up AD Single Sign-On for Linux, I said the next step was to extend the transparent SSO experience into WordPress. The biggest reason for that—I thought—was so that the WordPress server could then impersonate the logged-in user to pull resources from our SharePoint server (using SharePoint Web Services)… Continue reading Single Sign-On Epiphany