Musically Geeky

the blog of Mark McCoy

I’m Super Stoked About the CD

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In case you aren’t following my band Road Home on Twitter, Facebook, or our website (you should be!), we are having a CD Release party for our first CD on April 19th. I am super stoked about this. I submitted the final project to the printer yesterday and we should have the discs in hand next week (but you can’t get one until the 19th!!). The album should also be available in the iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play music stores, and also Spotify and a few other online streaming sites.

The CD Release Party will be at a pretty cool dive bar that is right up the road in Comfort, Texas (about 20 minutes up IH-10 from UTSA) called the Cocky Rooster. We’ve played there a couple of times last year and had a blast. Details here

Come on out to enjoy the fun, have a few drinks, and listen to some rocking Texas Country.

When Work Becomes Fun and Vice Versa

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So I have been asked by my lovely wife to help her out with a project that she wants to do at her job. I can’t say too much about it, but it requires some custom software to be written. We sat down the other day and sketched out some initial ideas of what the software would need to do, and how the users would use the software (initially just her and a couple others, but later on it could be the entire organization).

I guess I got a little excited because I immediately jumped into the project full bore. I don’t think she was prepared for that.

It’s the Little Things in Life

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Ubuntu has a project that they call their “One Hundred Paper Cuts”, where people list the little minor annoyances that detract them from truly enjoying using Ubuntu. You know, the little rough edges that annoy you for about two seconds every time you rub against them. Add that up and 2 seconds a day for days or weeks or years can get you quite annoyed. Interested developers or uses can then go in and tackle these paper cuts to smooth out the tiny rough edges. I think other large projects could follow this model.

Today I rubbed up against one of these paper cuts in one of my least favorite tools ever: Microsoft Active Directory Users and Computers. I have to use this tool on a daily basis and this paper cut gets me ever damn time: when you click on the “search” button and the search dialog pops up, the focus is not on the “Name” field (the first text entry field) but on the “Find Now” button.

Played an Excellent Gig Last Friday

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We had a great show on Friday night at the oddly named “Cocky Rooster” bar in Comfort, TX. This is a pretty cool little hole-in-the-wall bar with some really laid back and fun people. There were some regulars that remembered us from last time so that was pretty cool.

I have to say, I haven’t even picked up a pair of sticks since the last gig and I was surprised at how well I played. Everthing just seemed to flow out of me and I felt that I sounded better than I have in a while. Sometimes you just need a break to get the juices flowing again.

Fedora Is Working Great So Far

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Well, my migration from Ubuntu to Fedora on my workstation at work went pretty smoothly. There were a few hiccups (like my SATA to USB dock decided to act up at one point and I had to wait until I scrounged up another internal SATA cable to plug the old drive into the motherboard) and Fedora had some strangeness at first, but after a yum upgrade or two everything was a-ok.

.Net Wierdness

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Argh. Every time I use a Microsoft programming tool or library, I am first initially amazed at how slick it is and how it solves 90% of my problems for me. The problem is that the other 10% is so hidden away and obscure that it is actually harder to use if they just decided not to hide the underlying functionality.

Maybe the documentation for the StringDictionary Collection is just not telling what I want to hear, or maybe I’m not understanding it. I can’t tell whether there are any actual accessors for the keys and values other than iterating through the list.

Sigh. I’m just whining because dictionaries in .Net aren’t first class data citizens like in python or ruby. More work tomorrow.

The ‘Other’ Mark McCoy

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By the way, if you search Google for my name, you might find (not linking it, you can go there if you want but I don’t recommend it). That is not me. That guy is a crazy conspiracy theorist and probably my exact opposite. Maybe he’s a doppelganger who has a goatee (Evil Me).

Welcome to My New Site

Hey there, I’m setting up my new blog site. It will be dedicated to the things that I am interested in, primarily music and computers.