Monthly Archives: October 2008


Cryptic error message

Since my blog occasionally gets responses to posts that I never thought would get responses, eh, why not try this:

If you know anything about error messages of the form:
[Flex] 10/12/2008 12:26:03.387 [ERROR] [Service.Data.General] Attempt to subscribe to out of range sequence: 5 clientId: 55481919-5415-BB76-E833-F2176FB1E566
Please help me figure out what it means.

🙂 Thanks.


You may not be an elite *nix hacker if:

you spell ‘chron job’ instead of ‘cron job’…

Though it’s interesting that the Google spelling test gives the results:
about 828,000 for “cron job”
about 4,730 for “chron job”
Does that mean you’re more elite for spelling it wrong?



I’m working out a new marketing strategy for my software consulting business. It’s so obvious that I don’t know why I haven’t done it before, but, y’know, you live and learn. Here’s an excerpt from a pre-sales meeting I just had:

Cust.: “We basically need a way to link our existing order database to our new software and not lose any continuity.”
Me: “Well, y’know, when I was a kid, I’d play my NES quite a bit, so I know my way around this sort of maze, with a Visual Basic, there’s probably a terabyte that you’d have to, and when you denormalize, some of those would be hard, but we’re ready, because it’s all about continuity, of.”
Cust.: “Great! Do you have a plan in mind of how you’d implement this?”
Me: “Y’know, I’m just like you, I don’t know a for loop from a read head…”
Cust. (laughing): “Yeah, yeah!”
Me: “… so, I’ve read all the manuals [winks] and there are a lot of ways to do this, like when our sons were playing each other in that soccer game, wasn’t that a hoot, you just have to keep scorin’ goals.”
Cust.: “OK.”

I read that “OK” as “I feel like we’re really connecting here, and by extension, I’m sure that you’re quite capable of executing the complex technical requirements of this job in a timely and efficient manner”. I’m pretty sure I’ll close the sale…