I was recently in an online discussion about whether or not technologists should use “managed services” like the one I work for.Read More Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
Readers of this blog will know that I love mechanical keyboards. Traditionally I go for the super clicky Cherry MX Brown switches. However, my next door neighbor at work very politely informed me that I was driving him stark raving bug house with the machine gun like sound of my typing. So, after some heart […]Read More So I got a new keyboard (WASD Code 104 Key)
Happy 2017 all! A little over two years ago, the WordPress instance I had been “maintaining” to run my blog was hacked by a bunch of script kiddies. Not like I’m excusing them or anything, hacking someone’s hobby domain feels rather like walking into someone’s yard and, if you’ll forgive me for being crass for […]Read More I love you Pelican, but I’m struggling.
So as I think I’ve mentioned before here, I co-host a podcast. Each week on the show we do what we call “picks” – we each showcase two or three things we like and can recommend. It could be a book, software, beer, whatever we feel like. That week in particular Tobias picked a safety […]Read More The Zen of Shaving (Safety Razor Edition)
No, I’m not talking about reading, writing, and ‘rithmitic, I’m talking about the three Rs that are critical in creating and keeping a software organization strong. The three Rs in this case are Rigor, Resources, and Raison d’etre. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn. Resources I begin with resources because when […]Read More The Three Rs
If you’ll indulge me for just a few moments I want to say a few words on a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: Bacon! I’ve encountered more than a few people who think that cooking bacon in the microwave is the way to go. Far be it from me to dictate anyone’s […]Read More Bacon + Microwave = Jerky 🙂
2016 Democratic Primary – I’m Committed but Concerned When push comes to shove, let there be no doubt about the fact that I think we, as one of the wealthiest societies on the planet, should be doing everything we can to help the poor and under served enjoy a standard of living that gives them […]Read More Democratic Primary 2016: I’m committed to Bernie, but concerned.
I’ve recently been very underwhelmed with the keyboards Apple ships with their computers. They’re trying to make them all feel like laptop keyboards, which is an idea I rather disapprove of. In particular the recent Apple Keyboard has such shallow key travel it’s very easy to fall into the bad habit of pounding the keys, […]Read More A few random thoughts on keyboards
Vim Versus Emacs – Minus the Religion [Note: I originally wrote this for Quora but am reposting it here with slight embelishment. Introduction In hard core technical circles, discussing the relative merits of these two editors is pretty much verboten. In the past, debates around this issue have actually become vicious (which is ludicrous when […]Read More Vim Versus Emacs – Minus the Religion
I’ve been using Chrome for the last few years, and generally speaking I’m pretty happy with it. However recently Google has made some decisions (notably the on by default voice search features) that make me question the wisdom of that choice. I also very much enjoy using Firefox, a 100% open source browser that’s very […]Read More The One Feature that Keeps Me Addicted to Chrome