The BusyLight and Skype

posted on 12/06/12 at 06:02:38 pm by Joel Ross

A few months back, I came across a post by Scott Hanselman about the BusyLight. I thought it was pretty cool, and I wished it worked with Skype, since I don't use Lync, but I do use Skype on a nearly daily basis, and I work from home so it's not at all u… more »

Categories: Development, Software, C#


Introducing Traffic Light

posted on 10/16/12 at 05:59:59 pm by Joel Ross

I'm a big fan of continuous integration. I've been using it since I was first introduced to it by Mike Swanson, when he put his Ambient Orb up in our office. 8 years later, and I'm still using continuous integration on every project I'm on, including any… more »

Categories: Development, Software


Simulating an SVN-style merge with Mercurial

posted on 06/28/12 at 07:57:35 am by Joel Ross

Up until about a month ago, we used Subversion as our source control at TrackAbout. For a variety of reasons, we've switched to Mercurial, and so far, I've been extremely happy with the switch. It's been a little bit of a learning process, but using a DV… more »

Categories: Development, Software, TrackAbout, Inc


What’s On My Phone

posted on 04/06/10 at 12:10:36 am by Joel Ross

I've been relatively quiet lately, and part of it's because I've been so busy with work and the NCAA tournament that I haven't had time. And in recent months, I've switched to be more a consumer of technology than a producer - in the form of a new phone.… more »

Categories: Software


Windows Home Server Saves The Day

posted on 01/04/10 at 09:49:59 pm by Joel Ross

On November 11th, The Wife's laptop needed to be rebooted. But it didn't turn out to be a normal reboot. Why? Because it wouldn't complete that reboot for nearly two months. It hung while rebooting. It wouldn't repair the OS install. It wouldn't come u… more »

Categories: Personal, Software


Essential Versus Accidental Tasks

posted on 10/13/09 at 08:00:00 pm by Joel Ross

I finished reading Mythical Man Month a while ago. [Actually, it was a LONG while ago, but this post has been in my draft list for well over a year!] Overall, I thought it was a good book, but not as good as I expected. I think part of it was the amount… more »

Categories: Development, Software


Balsamiq: Easy UI Mockups

posted on 12/11/08 at 08:59:55 pm by Joel Ross

About a week ago, I was finally to a point where I was ready to take on a new feature at TrackAbout on my own. Well, it was just one screen, but it was a fairly complex screen, so I was asked to come up with an idea of what I thought it should look like.… more »

Categories: Software


The Repository Pattern – I’m Sold!

posted on 10/05/08 at 08:59:10 pm by Joel Ross

Lately, I've been playing with NHibernate and the Repository pattern - and struggling with it a bit. I understand the concept, but it's the implementation that's been bothering me. I was questioning whether to use one repository, or to have many - essent… more »

Categories: Development, Software, C#



posted on 09/11/08 at 08:00:00 pm by Joel Ross

The other night, I got an email from my cousin. We don't communicate as much as we probably should (my fault), but she will periodically send out emails talking about milestones in her life. That evening, it was about her latest project that launched tha… more »

Categories: Software


Moving into the Cloud

posted on 09/09/08 at 01:17:54 am by Joel Ross

I often wonder how much I rely on my laptop. And I'm not referring to development, but for the other things I do - email, twitter, IM, IRC, and RSS feeds. Or put another way, how much of a performance hit am I taking by running those things locally? My l… more »

Categories: General, Software


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