Top 5 HipChat Frustrations for Engineers

Our team recently moved over to Atlassian HipChat.  I felt it appropriate to register a few frustrations with using the product so that others who are evaluating it can have the full picture. Now – before I begin – I must preface this by saying that HipChat has many great features.  I think the main […]


Does HipChat support Group Video Chat

Does Hip Chat Support Group Video Chat? Well, according to practice and use… it appears that they do not.  Well, at least that they do not currently. For this article, let’s be honest and frank.  I’m not an employee of Atlassian and have no vested interested in the product.  I am however a user providing useful […]


How to start a 1:1 Video Chat using HipChat

If you are using HipChat a feature I am sure you will need is the ability to start Video chats.  This post is to show how to start a 1:1 Video Chat using Hip Chat. My demonstration is using the Mac Desktop client of the HipChat application. First is to select the person you want […]

My iPad has iOS 5.1.1 and won’t recognize any upgrades

I ran into something rather frustrating today.  I’m an iOS developer and have a couple different iPads, iPhones, etc.  The iPad that my daughter uses (she’s 2 btw) is an old one that we install puzzle games on and so forth.  It currently has iOS 5.1.1 installed on it. Several of these kids games now […]

Share Goodness

This page is a reference page of links and materials used in the Aug 31st, 5th Sunday Church Lesson show cases the Good and Bad uses of Social Media. NOTICE:  These presentations and materials are prepared to supplement the discussions during the religious focused lessons and may not make sense if taken out of context. […]

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Error at offset 49151 bytes while using serialize unserialize in php

A tool I built recently started running into an issue while utilizing PHP’s serialization functions.  In a nutshell, the tool would take a blob of data, serialize it and store it into a single column in the database.  when the data was needed it would retrieve the data, unserialize it and present it to the […]

Other Space on iPad and iPhone

How to get rid of the “Other” space on my iPad

This issue really bugged the crap out of me – so I wanted to share my results in hopes that it can help others in the future. When an iPhone, iPad, etc… is connected to your computer and loaded up through iTunes you can see how much space is used by Movies, Music, Apps, etc. […]

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php strpos function returning false positives

I came across an issue with the php STRPOS() function today that I just had to share.  Well – ok, the function acted as designed, although it’s default behavior is not what I would have intuitively guessed.  Oh the excitements of a programmer 🙂 The issue was that I had a code routine using STRPOS() that […]