Quote from EC: “Do you think ‘say uncle’ is a version of kid torture?”

You’d swear I was making this one up, but my wife was there to hear it along with me today. We were getting out of the car this afternoon to go to the store and our seven year old, EC, asks this question out of the blue to his mom and me. Ummm… One day …

Quote from EC: “Let’s get one thing straight: My head is not square!”

My seven year old son made this emphatic statement after re-examining the picture shown here. Mind you, he requested a caricature be drawn of he and his sister when we were in Orlando, FL earlier this summer. I guess he didn’t like the results. Everyone who has seen this picture so far agrees that it …

How to Schedule a Ruby on Rails Rake Task Via Cron

If you ever want to run a Rails Rake task on a schedule via cron, here is the entry you need to make in crontab: */5 * * * * cd /var/www/apps/rails_app/ && /usr/local/bin/rake RAILS_ENV=production rake_task:goes_here The above snippet will run the given Rails Rake task using the production environment every 5 minutes. Note that …

Quote from EC: “I haven’t cleaned out my hydrogen foil.”

Ummmm…OK. I’m not sure that answered my question to my seven year old son, which was, “Do you have a lunch bag for me to put your lunch in?” I double checked that I heard him correctly. He said, “Yeah, I haven’t cleaned out my hydrogen foil yet.” I wish his teacher well this year.

Oxymoron: Enterprise Agile Project Management Software

My favorite agile software development topic of them all — tools. More specifically, agile project management tools. If you’re old school, you bust out some index cards, some butcher paper, some writing utensils, and you get to work. If you’re trying to use one of the simplest of agile project management software tools (that most …

Mr. Gates, Mr. Ballmer…Thank You & Congrats on Vista!

There’s at least a couple of hours of my life I’ll never get back thanks to Microsoft Vista and everything that is wrong with the world of Windows. I was helping my father-in-law setup his new laptop (running the ever so awesome Microsoft Vista)  and wireless router — remotely. I wouldn’t wish this kind of …