Goodbye GoDaddy

I took the weekend to move from GoDaddy to HostGator.  For some reason Word Press on GoDaddy ate my attachments and would not let me add any more.  So they are all gone but at least I can add them on new posts.

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Error 55 MakerBot Replicator Mini

My Makerbot Replicator Mini has the error:


Oops, we have a problem with your Smart Extruder (Error 55: Hester Rise Watchdog Triggered). Please contact MakerBot support



I am not looking forward to that, they never respond and the phone lines are always busy.


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Makerbot Replicator Mini Log

Restarting the service fixed the printing error for me.  Looks like a network connection error INFO
2014-08-22 18:45:52,023
job 14: ended INFO
2014-08-22 18:45:52,025
Error delivering event.
Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "", line 146, in _deliver
 func(*args, **kwargs)
 File "", line 1180, in stopped_callback
 File "", line 327, in _job_changed
 _Client.job_changed(clients, job_info)
 File "", line 1481, in job_changed
 _Client._send_notification(clients, 'jobchanged', params)
 File "", line 1445, in _send_notification
 client._jsonrpc.notify(name, params)
 File "", line 280, in notify
 File "", line 200, in _send
 File "", line 352, in write
 File "", line 222, in write
 sent = self._socket.send(data[i:])
error: [Errno 10053] An established connection was aborted by the software in your host machine
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No Daddy

Time to find a new host.  Go Daddy and I are not getting along.

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Convicted Felon


There is a Dilbert carton where the boss gives everyone the title Convicted Felon. I think the idea of a skill cloud is more useful than titles when trying to hire for a position.  Titles don’t tell me what you are able to do and which of my problems you can solve. they are telling me what your current boss thinks you do all day.





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Does Mob Mentality Exist?

How many times do we see riots and crowds and think ‘mob mentality’ when the truth is exactly the opposite.  Police and crowd management can go a long way to keep crowds safe.

 “…people in crowds behave not with mindlessness or madness, but by co-operating with those around them. They do not lose their heads but instead act with full rational intent. “



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New managers find this hard to come to terms with


“One of the first things you learn as a manager is that your own performance doesn’t matter anymore.  You might have gotten promoted by being a hot shot, but once you are in a position of responsibility you have to get others to perform in order to succeed.”


All the things you were good at now have little or no value, you need a completely different set of skills.  Additionally if you are really good at your current job and wondering why that promotion is not coming to you, it is the same answer. Managers and Employees are different skill sets.





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Review of a book review of a book I have not read

It’s not often I review a book I haven’t read or even review a review. This review has so many quotes I agree with and are therefore great that I need to link to it.


“Software development is composed of two primary activities: learning and communication.”


It is not sitting at screens and typing. That is what other people do. I had a smart manager that once told me to be scared of programmers who type all day.

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Snap Counter

Just released version 1 of Snap Counter

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Kids Can’t Use Computers

This is well said. Kids Can’t Use Computers . Many people think they can use computers but ask them a simple question like this will show you we have a lot to teach.

Without reference to Wikipedia, can you tell me what the difference is between The Internet, The World Wide Web, a web-browser and a search engine?

I’ve started and so far only the Minecraft crowd have gotten close.

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