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Nexus 5X is no good

The Nexus 5X is a sub-par phone I wasn’t sure I wanted to write this review, but now I’m quite certain. In the middle of writing this review I saw something I wanted to take a picture of, and of course – the Nexus 5X choked. I found myself saying “Would you work just ONE TIME!” I’ve never been so disappointed with any phone I’ve owned before. There is (almost) […]

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Awesome Airport: Austria

I’ve had many posts I’ve been wanting to write, but I haven’t because I want to put so much into them. I’m taking a different approach now. I think it’s better for me to just write down a little bit to get it “out there”.  I can always go back and add more later. So, let’s get started… The Vienna airport in Austria is quite good great! It may not have […]

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Make That Change

The Rules Let’s have a real talk here. Don’t get caught up on the specific numbers, or on the easy excuses. History I am 6’1 (186 cm) and 28 years old. At my peak weight I weighed 265 pounds (120 kg). I had very poor eating habits, and was also very sedentary. I sat in front of a computer for work, and also for my hobbies at home. The only […]

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Words[3]

It isn’t until recently that I have learned the value of words. I found myself frequently disregarding many words because I thought they were of little value to me. Specific names to problems, laws, programming design patterns, etc. are all just “Words, words, words” to me. I don’t care what they’re called; I want to understand the idea behind them. I want to know what polymorphism is – and I […]

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Betamax vs VHS

DRM hits Home

As usual, I’ve had a lot of thoughts swirling in my head recently. It is interesting in this age of technology how many of the constraints are man-made. There was a time when market forces dictated which products would win or lose. The need to remain competitive created independent research & development contributed efforts which then created many competing technologies. These technologies were different at a physical level out of […]

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Derek making La Mian

Big Cities and Project Management

I’ve often had an internal complaint about modern-day big cities. I see all the issues with them (high cost of living, unemployment, underdeveloped infrastructure, etc.) as entirely man-made. There was a time when location was critical to a business and there was no option but to crowd. For example, if you are moving large quantities of material it is beneficial to be close to a body of water for cheap […]

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Wanderlust Questionnare

  As I’ve traveled, I’ve noticed a few things that make me realize my love for travel. Ask yourself these questions. Depending on the answers, you may be afflicted with wanderlust. My friends are encouraged to add to this list 🙂 Do you know where your passport is? Is it in your backpack? Is your backpack within 10 feet of you? Do you know the numbers by heart so you […]

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It’s been a while…

To say I’ve been busy would be an understatement. Many things have changed for me in the last few months – but one has not: I still have the travel bug. I’ve been incredibly busy on a project here in Israel, and I’ve managed to see many things on the weekends. However, I wanted to get out to a few more countries while I”m here! I finally booked a flight […]

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Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan

I took a tour to Jordan while in Israel and I wanted to take some time to “give back” to the wonderful Jordanians by telling others about it. First, I’ll give the short version for those who want just the details, and then I’ll give the long version. I toured with Desert Eco Tours, and they were AMAZING. If you don’t leave from Eilat, you can also talk directly to Jordan Experience […]

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Being happy while being unsatisfied

One of the great things about travel is that it not only lets you see new things, it also gives you plenty of time to reflect. Long flights, bus rides, and the occasional 4×4 trip through the desert give a lot of time for self-reflection. On this most recent trip (which I promise to write about), I had a realization about my passion for continuous improvement. I’m not sure if […]

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