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Lance Robinson is a software engineer in Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and surrounding areas. More about Lance.


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Larry Osterman explains how to play "Last Checkin Chicken"

In the lifetime of every single project I've ever worked on, there's this little "game" that's informally played at the very end of the ship cycle...I call it "Last Checkin Chicken", it's kinda like the childrens game of "Hot Potato".

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 2:53 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ General ]

XKCD rocks
I dig this XKCD comic so much that I subscribed to it in Bloglines last week. Here is one that I particularly enjoyed. Also, here's a funny Far Side that I saw recently: Posted from Google Docs ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 1:31 PM | Comments (1) |

Google says "Features, not products"

Google says "Features, not products"...Hallelujah!

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 1:23 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ General ]

AmzWish widget parameters
The Amazon Wishlist widget that I created last week is now at Widgetbox, a widget directory. Their site is quite nice. It allows users to browse widgets and use them in their webpages. For developers, Widgetbox provides a nice interface for submitting your own widget. When I put AmzWish on Widgetbox I exposed some querystring parameters for it: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 12:38 PM | Comments (0) |

Apex explosions
The town of Apex, where I live, is on the front page of this morning because of a series of explosions last night and early this morning at a hazardous waste plant. Everyone has been evacuated for a 1 mile radius, and my home sits about 3 miles west of the explosions. I was at a tavern which got evacuated. You could smell the chemicals in the air, people were walking around with cloth over their faces trying not to breathe. The last word is that the fire is still going, but there is no positive ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 6:37 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ General ]

Generating KML with RSSBus
RSSBus is good for more than just generating RSS feeds or helping you easily create an API for your data or services. Its also useful in easily outputting other formats as well, such as KML (an XML format for Google Earth). For example, recently Tim posted an example of using XmlTextWriter to generate KML. For most of ius, its not rocket science, but compare his code and the ease of writing it with how it can be done with RSSBus. With RSSBus you can just literally write the XML and plug-in the values ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 9:23 AM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ Programming Software ]

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