Web dev, author, PragProg editor, teacher, mentor, musician. I make things on the Internet and craft words at @digitalocean. He/Him. KD9HRY

Wisconsin
Joined December 2007
The person on the stage or the person who wrote that book isn’t better than you. They just took a shot. Don’t be afraid to take yours and share your knowledge. And don’t listen to anyone who tells you you’re not good enough. Especially the voice in your head. It’s a jerk.
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Only two product metrics really matter: 📈 Adoption 🙂 Satisfaction Every other metric can be reduced to a proxy of the above. It's a tempting intellectual exercise, but don't waste your time inventing "ghost" metrics that no one really cares about.
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I think it’s hilarious people think the government has put tracking chips in the vaccine. You mean the same government that couldn’t even make the vaccine card small enough to fit in your wallet? That government?
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A lot of inefficiencies and redundant efforts at big companies come from the fact that to get promoted after a certain level requires having a particular “scope” or “impact” which is actually counterproductive to the company as a whole but easy to measure.
I joined an enterprise as a lead software tester & my first help the company task was to "solve" the proliferation of different test automation frameworks I found the problem fairly quickly; the career ladder *required* writing/running your own framework to get to senior & above
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The amount of seniors that have FORGOT what it was like to be a beginner in this field is incredible. Instead of mocking someone for not knowing a concept, why not share that knowledge? Being great at your job & being a great person are not equal, both require action.
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Absolutely true. My career stalled many times, and suddenly started again with new managers. As a manager myself I view sponsorship as one of my top responsibilities.
A manager who acts as a sponsor is one of the biggest accelerants of a career. A test: Can you picture your current manager 1. Arguing with their peers that you deserve a promotion if one says you aren’t ready? 2. Putting you up for a critical project over resistance from peers?
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Yup. Physical media as long as I can.
Just a reminder that when you "purchase" music online, you're not buying the music, only a temporary revocable license. I noticed that several albums I had purchased years ago had silently disappeared from my library. When I contacted @apple, they told me it's not their problem.
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Replying to @AndrewStellman
But for some reason, that does surprise people. I keep saying the two main skill areas for programmers are communication and learning, and folks remain surprised.
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Going to an Ivy League is like being good at sports in high school. If you’re still talking about it 10 years later … it means you haven’t done anything meaningful since.
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I saw true capitalism this week. There’s a medicine that would work really for my daughter. But not enough people need it. So Pfizer stopped making it. Pfizer. The large drug company. Imagine hearing that. These companies really aren’t into helping people.
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GitLab - Another company built on @rails going public. Lesson: “Pick that boring stack, solve problems, produce value, repeat.”
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I was a French major at university and have long credited that experience with helping me learn programming.
Coding is more about communicating than computing. New data: the best predictor of how quickly people learned to code wasn't math or cognitive ability, but language aptitude. Math skill was almost irrelevant. Coding is mastering a language, not numbers. nature.com/articles/s41598-0…
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I’m gonna say it out loud. Every single day, I feel survivor’s guilt from leaving academia. COVID made it worse. My corporate salary, my employer’s obsession w/ safety, work-life balance w/ no weekend work and leaders insisting I take my PTO. Y’all deserve this and much more. 💔
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Behind every great entreprenuer… …is a spouse who has a stable job and a full suite of benefits. 🤣
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hell yeah i love self driving cars
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Weird that Nest thermostats don't have a way to shut off your AC when the external temp gets below a threshold. For context, most residential A/C units shouldn't be run if the outside temp is <60F. (See your manual). Trying to build an automation to fix.
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I see via my Twitter feed today that a lot of folks are not aware how many smart-at-programming people are completely lacking in empathy.
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for the educators who've asked me about open-source collaborative text editors for the classroom . . . etherpad is a great option & @bertmb just wrote an awesome tutorial on setting it up on your very own server
There's a better way to collaboratively edit documents. Install Etherpad on #Ubuntu 20.04, using a simple SQLite database: do.co/394eGrY 😇
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This.
Feeling nostalgic for that magical 4-year period between "JavaScript is too simple to be productive" and "JavaScript is too complicated to be productive"
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