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The ColdFusion/CFML Discussion: We're Finally Getting Somewhere

I'm sure by now you've seen Joe Rinehart's "Dear John" video to ColdFusion, and Mike Henke has a funny and I think (as I'll explain in detail below) very pertinent response video.

I won't rehash everything that's been said there as well as in the various discussion outlets the past few days, but I did want to comment on the situation by saying this: after years of tiptoeing around I think we're finally getting somewhere.

For me, I saw the writing on the wall for Adobe ColdFusion about 5 years ago, and I was already planning to jump ship at that point for numerous reasons. Many of my reasons were technical ones (and sadly haven't changed in ColdFusion in 5 years), but another major reason was due to my firm belief in using free software whenever possible. All that combined with me doing a lot of open source work for a closed, proprietary platform led to cognitive dissonance I could no longer ignore.

Then in 2008 OpenBD was announced as a GPLv3-…

The Big Migration: Moving From a Verizon Droid Bionic to a Galaxy Nexus on Straight Talk

Definitely a superlative title for what actually is a pretty simple process, but I thought I'd document what I'm doing to dump my Verizon Droid Bionic and move to an unlocked Galaxy Nexus phone. I'll spare you my complaints about Verizon and just summarize by saying they're beyond overpriced and I don't like all the evil crap they do.

What is relevant to this discussion is the fact that I am sick and tired of having my phone be controlled by a carrier. From not keeping up with new versions of Android to forcing applications on my phone that I don't want and can't delete, I'm done with it. "Famous last words" may apply here, but at this point I'll state that I will never buy another phone from a carrier.

It's worth it to pay the extra money for a phone (and in the case of the Nexus it's only about $100 more than I paid for my abandoned Droid Bionic) and have more control over the phone as well as choice of carrier. (Relevant Lifehac…

TeraCopy: Unbelievably Great Windows File Copy Replacement

I don't use Windows often but when I do, one of my major complaints is how absolutely abysmal the file copying process is, particularly when copying a large number of files, and especially when network resources are involved.

I suppose given how much it annoys me I should have looked into it sooner, but I was looking at the 2012 Lifehacker Pack for Windows which is a list of "must have" applications and utilities for Windows (they have lists for Linux, Android, and that fruit-related company's junk as well), and one of the items in the Windows list is a utility called TeraCopy.

In short, if you ever have to use Windows go download TeraCopy right now. It replaces the native and horrendously crappy Windows file copy process, but it works so much faster and better it quite literally put a huge grin on my face (and I never smile while using Windows).

Not only is it lightning fast, but it lets you pause and resume copy operations and -- GET THIS -- logs all the copy opera…