“The system is down”

Not long ago I was in a store — a big retail hardware and too store — and the “system went down”. I was literally starting to put my stuff on the counter when a couple of the cashiers announced things like “The system isn’t working!”…


I earn a pay check. It’s not who I am.

I was recently engaged in a conversation about jobs at a social function (yes, you can have those safely, if carefully), and as luck would have it, stumbled upon this topic here on Medium the next day. Someone asked me…


Oh… I know why.

It’s because people who have been around a while have been doing things a certain way all along, and never felt the need to give it a fancy name. I know how that sounds. I know it sounds arrogant. I know that. I just don’t care…


But it so easily could…

I’m a traditionalist about some things. That’s a charitable way of saying “I’m old and I just like some shit the way I like it, and that’s that.” One of those ways is the time proven — or at least time hammered-into-us — “full sized”…


There are stinky things afoot upon Medium, and people are voting with their clicks and claps when we point it out.

People are getting fed up with clickbait head lines, articles that don’t match the head lines, lists, and generally crappy things that appear on Medium that don’t live up…


Too many developers — and developers’ systems makers — are ronin cowboys without a rancher

Dial back the clock, if you will, to years and decades past. Once upon a time, the stalwart hero of development tools was Microsoft’s Visual Studio, available in several flavors. Its little brother, Visual Basic…


Why is this so hard?

There are lots of great quality, fully featured USB-C hubs out there. Lots. I’d love to say I really *only* want Thunderbolt-3, but USB-C still offers more versatility than strictly Thunderbolt-3 does. So yeah, USB-C it is.

I’m using an M1 Macbook Air in a…


… from this month’s Medium earnings

I went through my previously-published stories and deleted most of (maybe all?) those dealing with Conservatives, Republicans, Covid, Trump, and my utter disdain for…


aka, the case for simple quality

Sweet Talkin’ Woman is, inarguably, one of ELO’s most enduring hits. It’s a simply constructed song. So simple, in fact, that they didn’t bother writing a final cadence¹ for it; they pulled the album fade to close out the song.

When I was playing…

Chris Hornberger

Arranging bits that make the magic. Occasionally grumpy optimist. Avid motorcyclist. Lover of life. Haver of the best wife ever.

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