Agile Project Management

When is a Methodology Not a Methodology?

“Lapin Agile” (“Agile Rabbit”) by Andre Gill

[Originally published on Associated Content, 23 Apr 2009]

The term “Agile” has become such a buzzword that it has lost its meaning in the current development environment. To paraphrase an old joke, if you ask 4 IT managers what Agile is, you’ll get 5 different answers. Some will interchange the usage of “Scrum” and “Agile”, but is that the correct usage of these terms? What is the difference between “Scrum” and “Agile”?

Mellow Monday: 27 Computer Tricks

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Can your computer do tricks? :)
(Photo by ThePViana, under CCA-SA

Not to be too educational for a Monday, :) , but what if I were to ask you to share one trick you have learned over the years?  Specifically, Thought Catalog ran an article in May about how “27 People Share The One Cool Internet Or Computer Trick They Know“, and there were some tricks in there that even I didn’t know.  No, it’s not that I should know everything, but there were some interesting tips that would have made a few past (mis)adventures easier.  For example:

4. How to do a reverse image search.

Hold S and right click an image to do reverse image search in Chrome.

Seriously?  How did I miss that one?

BTW, the UPS tracking number trick works (usually) for USPS as well. :)

Geek Friday: Resetting Passwords on Most Any Device

Breaking and bypassing passwords on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS and Chrome OS.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

I’ve written before about resetting the Windows password using the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor, but the How-To Geek went above and beyond to describe “How to Bypass and Reset the Password on Every Operating System“.

Obviously (I hope), I am not advocating using these tools to do nefarious or illegal things, but it should be a help to those who find themselves locked out of their own devices by accident.  It should also point out that encryption of personal data should be a consideration for all mobile devices (actually, I would even advocate it for home towers, but mobile devices get lost a lot easier).

Ubuntu Moving Items to Trash From Commandline


I was writing a shell script not long ago, and I wanted to remove files, but I also did not necessarily want to do so permanently.  It seemed like a good idea to move the items into the built-in trash utility in Ubuntu, and why not?

Well, it turns out there really is no way to do this with Ubuntu out of the box.  However, I came across the Web Upd8 article on how to “Make ‘RM’ Move Files to Trash Instead of Completely Removing Them” by using a utility called “Trash CLI”.  They even show you how to alias the rm command to use it, if you wish!  Personally, I don’t recommend that, but I’ll leave that up to you.

Now Are You Worried About that Comcast – Time Warner Merger? Unbelievable Lack of Customer Service Common Sense


Maybe you should be!


From the just when you think you have heard it all department, I came across an audio about a disconnection request gone all wrong on Digg this morning.  The recording quality isn’t that great, but no matter.  The “customer service” representative repeats himself so many times trying to strong-arm this couple into not dropping their Comcast service that you get the idea.  Oh, and according to the write-up, he didn’t even start recording until ten minutes into the conversation!



The New Raspberry Pi Is Out

New Rasberry Pi Model B+ (stock photo)

You may have heard by now, but the new Raspberry Pi is out!  It is the Model B+, which means it is similar to the Model B, but it sports some neat enhancments to include two more USB ports and a micro SD card slot (about time!).  It also uses less power, has enhanced audio and an enhanced GPIO header.  The best part is that it is still $35!

I was going to include a link to Geek Gurl’s video review, but I see it is the official Pi blog link above, so go check them out!

Test WordPress programming code plugin SyntaxHighlighter

This is a test using SyntaxHighlighter Evolved.

c code

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <cs50.h>

// I'm not aware of any this long, but put at top in case it needs to change
#define MAXCCLENGTH 20

int main(void)
    int result = 0;
    int subtotal = 0;
	int cctype = 0;
    long long int ccnumber = 0;
    char strCcnumber[MAXCCLENGTH];

    return result;



echo "Searching for ${1}"

lynx -dump "${1}&kl=us-en"  > $HOME/.define0.tmp

while read line
	if [ "$FOUNDFIRST" -eq "1" ]
		echo "$line" >> $HOME/.define1.tmp
		echo "$line" | grep "^1. " >> /dev/null
		if [ "$?" = "0" ]
			echo "$line" >> $HOME/.define1.tmp
done < $HOME/.define0.tmp

cat $HOME/.define1.tmp | head -23
rm $HOME/.define1.tmp
rm $HOME/.define0.tmp


Does Google Hate Lynx?

How about a “Moronic Monday” for once?

Closest pic to one on that I could find
Photo by kdee64 (Keith Williams), used under CCA generic

Ever see that commercial where a guy is behind his computer but facing the camera with the window behind him?  He smacks the computer once, then twice, then he picks up the computer straight off of the desk, swivels around, and the next shot is outside the window, where you see the computer at the end of his outstretch arms, and then he lets go of the computer, which falls unceremoniously into the dumpster below.

Geek Friday: John D’s Has a GitHub Repository!

Sometimes, you just have to break down and do it!


I previously wrote about “Geek Friday: An Idiot’s Guide to How to Use Git and GitHub to Obtain Software on Ubuntu“, which covered how to setup Git on your machine in order to pull down code from GitHub, but I did not cover how to set it up if you want to create your own repository.  If you ask me, the information to do so is rather here and there, and even the GitHub documentation takes you through half a step and then leaves you wondering what to do next.

TrueCrypt Next Now “CipherShed”

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A couple of days ago, TrueCrypt Next posted on their website “New name announced“.  For legal reasons, they are changing the name and settled on CipherShed.  They don’t say much else except displaying their new logo.

At first glance, it seems as about an un-glamorous name as it can get, I suppose, but at least it gets the idea across.  It just doesn’t have the same ring as something like “Pi Hut”, for example.  However, maybe they can leverage the analogy to how you lock up your tools and power equipment in a shed for safe keeping.  Maybe.


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