By PDLCPayday Loan

January 20th, 2020

JBoss as a windows service0

The JBoss Community docs for running JBoss as a Windows service are here.  They are good instructions until you get to these lines:

# Define listening IP - If you have more than one IP or want to indicate to listen on a specific IP aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd

That space between the ‘-b’ and the ‘aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd’ causes problems. It should really be:

Where did the money go?0

Not that money.

The summer of 1974 was my summer between high school and college. I had two jobs that summer. The first was bagging groceries for $2.10 and hour (minimum wage). The second was as an ironworker apprentice at $7.97 an hour. These numbers I remember very well.

I also remember my father, an iron worker journeyman, making $30,000 a year. But this memory isn’t as precise as the above. That number could be from the mid ’80s instead of the mid 70’s.

Let’s do the math. Using the inflation calculator at the Bureau of Labor Statistics I converted pay rates above to current dollars. Bagging groceries – $9.04. Ironworker apprentice – $34.30.

I don’t know what a bagger makes these days, but I do know that minimum wage is $2.49 less that it was in 1974. It’s about 27.5% less than what it would be if it kept up with inflation.

I recently found these hourly wages for journeymen Ironworkers on Wikipedia:
1970 – $7.97
1980 – $15.26
2002 – $24.15

That’s looks like quite a raise in income until you adjust for inflation. In 2008 dollars it looks like this:

1970 – $34.42
1980 – $39.38 (a 5% raise over a decade)
2002 – $28.75 (a 27% pay code over two decades)

Where did the money go? Why are we allowing the working class to be kicked out of the middle class?

Highspeed Internet0

I recently switched from AT&T DSL (~5mb) to Comcast. The best speeds I see are much higher (2.5x) but highly variable (as low a 6mb). But so far I’m very satisfied.

Best result from

Firefox Add-ons0

  • Adblock Plus
  • Advanced Dork
  • Better Gmail 2
  • ColorfulTabs
  • ColorZilla
  • Earth from Orbit Toolbar
  • Firebug
  • Flagfox
  • Flashblock
  • FoxClocks
  • Google Gears
  • Google Notebook
  • IE Tab
  • JavaScript Debugger
  • Live HTTP headers
  • NoScript
  • Nuke Anything Enhanced
  • W3C Page Validator
  • PDF Download
  • Perspectives

CMM Level 50

Just because an organization is certified as CMM level 5 doesn’t mean their process includes such things as:

  • Object Oriented Design (or much in the way of design at all)
  • JavaDocs (or much in the way of comments)
  • Unit testing
  • Many other things you’d want a software development process to have

Does anybody who isn’t an executive see any value in CMM?


Spread this number. Now.
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0. It’s the HD-DVD processing key you can use to decrypt and play most HD-DVD movies in Linux. Movie studios are going ballistic over this leak, so Digg the story up and make it reach the front page.

32 Reasons Why Geeks are Severely Underpaid0

Firefox plugins0

The hardware in my laptop died so now I find myself trying to recreate my system. One of th things I need to recreate is my Firefox plugins. So, this is going to be the list of plugins I always meant to create.


Most of the parts arrived yesterday. The rest should arrive today. The part about shipping I thought was interesting was that while I ordered the parts from two companies the shipments are comming from four states.

Computer Redux0

Ok, I ordered a Lian-Li PC-60B case. This I ordered from

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