Category Archives: Fun

Error’d: The Developer Test


"Apparently, if AMEX’s site knows that you’re a developer, it will present a REGEX challenge before allowing you to reset your password," Jim wrote.   Stuart writes, "Wait, I have a network drive!? Cool! I wonder how much space is available? Oh…"   "To you and me, $0.00375 isn’t much, but to Western Digital, collecting the exact amount due is

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Sponsors needed for Phoebe’s Pageant Fund


Phoebe was invited and attended an open call for National American Miss on May 18th. After being interview by the committee she was chosen as one of New Jersey’s state finalist. Our next step for Phoebe to proceed is attaining sponsors. As we all know times are tough however, she would appreciate any amount you would be able to contribute.

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Icon on Fire


Tim joined a company that provided a SaaS solution for tracking attendance and grades in schools. The job was mostly minor updates to a ColdFusion application, although there was an active project to replace it with something more modern. Tim felt like half of his hiring was based on him knowing when to throw out buzzwords like SPA or REST

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CodeSOD: Lucee Execution


Recently, at my dayjob, I had a burning need to understand how scheduled tasks work. You see, we’ve recently switched from Adobe Coldfusion to Lucee, and I was shaky on how Adobe did things before, so I wanted a deeper understanding of how the code I was working on would be executed. For the uninitiated, Lucee is an open-source reimplementation

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Take the Bus


Rachel started working as a web developer for the local bus company. The job made her feel young, since the buses, the IT infrastructure, and most of their back-office code was older than she was. The bus fare-boxes were cash only, and while you could buy a monthly pass, it was just a little cardboard slip that you showed the

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CodeSOD: Hard Reboot


Every day in IT, each one of us walks the fine line between "brilliant" and "appalling." We come across things that make our jaws drop, and we’re not sure whether we’re amazed or horrified or both. Here’s a PHP sample that Brett P. was lucky—or unlucky—enough to discover: This comes from circa 2001, back when there were MySQL stability issues

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Error’d: The Maybe Compiler


"Maybe it it compiled…maybe it didn’t. I guess that I have to find out myself from here on out," wrote, Y. Diomidov.   Ken W. writes, "Does buying the 4 year warranty mean Amazon will replace any steaks that don’t last?"   "I *KNEW* that I should have gone for the blue one!" Connor C. wrote.   Adam writes, "Today

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The Smell-O-Vision


Ron used to work for a company which built “smell-o-visions”. These were customized systems running small form factor Windows PCs that operated smell pumps and fans using USB relays timed to a video to give a so-called “4D Experience.” Their product was gimmicky, and thus absolutely loved by marketing groups. One such marketing group, whose client was

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The New Manager


She’d resisted the call for years. As a senior developer, Makoto knew how the story ended: one day, she’d be drafted into the ranks of the manager, forswearing her true love webdev. She knew she’d eventually succumb, but she’d expected to hold out for a few years before she had to decide if she were willing to

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