Dion Almaer

technologist, product engineer and human dev aggregator


How I have lost over 100 pounds and don’t know how

Experimenting to a better life


I have lost more than 100 pounds since last September. I have many mixed…


Howzat! Learnings from the sport of cricket and how they relate to technology

Funny story. My PR team reached out with a fun request to answer questions on the great game of…


Abstractions: Does your code tell a good story?


I have always been fascinated with how we structure the code and architecture of our systems. Over the years I have found it fascinating…


Standardized containers are great, but I am most excited about the innovation in the ships!


Standardization. We are seeing another go-around thanks to the enthusiasm around…

Publications edited by Dion Almaer

The ramblings of Ben and Dion (formerly: Set Direction, Ajaxians, webOSians, Mozillans, and more)


Flow Diagram: Immigration Reform and a Distributed Workforce


There has been a lot of talk on two orthogonal but related topics:

  • Should we (where “we” == US but can

When expectations are low, give yourself time to raise the bar, and enjoy it!


Given my history with webOS devices I think I enjoy a good retrospective of what went wrong on the way…


Rock Climbing through Change

It feels like organizational change is the only constant in Corporate America. Sometimes I actually view this as a good thing: we should always have a flow of


Tetris and software development


Building your mind, one brick at a time


“Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on…

How Slack built a well loved product going against Peter Thiel and app fashion

I enjoy watching companies do fantastically well against the grain. It is the opposite of…


Mean people, incentives, and timing

I had three threads converge at the same time:


Mean people, incentives, time and timing

I had three threads converge at the…