Archives for January 2021

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Replacing the drives in our NAS

We have a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) device on our network which is basically used as a repository for the backups from our laptops. It’s a Synology DS418, and I bought it nearly 4 years ago when we moved into our house. At the time, I bought four WD Red 2TB drives to go into it in a RAID format (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) and it’s done some stellar work since then. […]

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Shuffling along

One of the sets of algorithms that developers tend to learn pretty early on is sorting a set of items. Bubble sort, selection sort, insertion sort, Shellsort, Mergesort, quicksort. Yeah, these days, your fave set of libraries give you all the sorting methods you’d ever use on, say, an array or list (and probably use quicksort internally), so you’d probably never code one from scratch (and, I’d have to say, even I would have trouble doing so without looking it up). But how about shuffling a set of items? […]

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Keyboards, keyboards, keyboards

Look I know, I’m with you: the keyboard you use is of supreme importance to you and your work. Once you find one you like – mine is (still!) the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 – you never want to use another. […]

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Webcams? How about a DSLR?

Over the past year, I’ve represented DevExpress on a few virtual meetings with people like Jeff Fritz and Michael Jolley where I needed to show my face. I have a Logitech C920 webcam and an adjustable arm I use to position it, so I thought I was good for these live interviews. […]

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2021: time to move into a higher gear

Just before the New Year, Steve Smith, a.k.a. Ardalis, tweeted to ask everyone what their most popular post had been in 2020. […]

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