The world need 2 kinds of people . Those that stay home to build atop what’s already there and those explorers that visit distant lands to find and bring back new experiences, things and thoughts.
To survive and grow as a species we need both.
So when I hear other black people say we should return to Africa because it’s the only place that would treat a black person better — or because that’s where I belong, or because it’s “home” or the “homeland” I cringe.
Sure, It’s good to visit the content of our ancestors and see what it’s…
Two years ago I wrote a story about Ruby. For the past 7 years it has been the underpinning of our little company. Silently and without fuss handling every web request across more than a thousand SaaS tenants.
But as someone who is always up for some change, I was always dabbling in other technologies for our stack. Go. Elixir, Crystal and even Rust.
And as always, the best way to learn something, before foisting it upon your team, is to do a small project with fewer stakes to it, so I did that personally as CTO using Elixir.
Relax folks. Most of what a president does will not affect you. Read more to find out why.
(Although what he says, affects us — at least psychologically)
The world is like a huge ship in the shape of countries. Almost literally impossible to change the direction of anything.
Jobs that people are pining for, are not gone overseas. They disappeared in the code that programmers like myself wrote years and years ago. They can’t come back. America literally creates more stuff now and is more productive now, but its all automated.
When you lock off the movement of…
In 2007, I was living in Miami Beach, just above 42nd street. A nice, tony area. Manicured lawns. Neat houses. A little oasis on the beach. I’d just taken a job at a large internet company in the area and my car was in the shop for a couple of days, so I was taking the indecently convenient bus to work.
I was around 43 years old at the time, a nice little shock of grey hair. I was prone to dressing in nice long sleeved shirts, great khakis, nice black shoes, playing (convincingly) the part of a software developer.
It turns out the same reason why Steve Jobs, President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein largely wore the same thing all the time.
The paradox of choices in today’s lifestyle is that we have too many choices. Makes sense, right?
Yesterday I took some time off with my daughter to go to the beach (yes I know, and yes, I have the freedom to do it). My cellphone died within the first hour of the six hours we spent there. So I was forced to observe what was happening. …
Let’s face it. Passwords suck. My brother has been complaining about his email being hacked repeatedly. At first I put it down to a little paranoia, but then I asked him what was his password.
It was something like “ruby1234” — I kid you not.
So anyway, it turns out that most people not in the 1% of the digital technorati, have incredibly bad password habits or keep forgetting them all the time. I’m sure you’ve heard friends who just went ahead and created brand new accounts on services simply because of a lost password.
What if you could signup…
The science is in, multitasking is actually hurting us. It shows that our IQ’s are being lowered, our efficiency is being compromised and we lose our ability to memorize things.
At my day job, we’re building a distributed team for our agency business. There are lots of small tasks that need to happen by team members at different time zones.
Email is not cutting it — because we’re presented with an entire list of messages. We vainly try to reach inbox zero nirvana, but if you’re a knowledge worker, this fails most of the time. …
I see it all the time. Friends. or family learning how to program grab a book and read it from cover to cover, do a few exercises and then start looking for a programming job.
Sometimes they may end up getting one, but more often than not, they pick another career because coding is “too hard”.
No wonder most university graduates are working in different careers. You might think that having some books and knowing the syntax of a language or two makes possible to call yourself a programmer.
But it doesn’t.
To become a real programmer you need to…
It all started innocently enough in 2005. I was tired with my old girlfriend PHP and looking for a reason to breakup, but not wanting to break her heart.
I started looking around at other girls, and Ruby caught my eye sitting in the corner at a party I went to without PHP. She was sipping something that looked like red wine — where everyone else was doing a beer or something stronger. I searched for and found a bottle of Red Stripe beer and tried to catch her eye.
She looked calm. Approchable. I felt a certain confidence in…
In the new year no less too. My daughter is gone for the holidays to Orlando and this single dad had been left to fend for himself.
A cold should be pretty ordinary, right? For me no. It’s the first real cold I had since I became vegan almost 15 years ago now.
It’s one of those colds that’s gross, makes you want to spend all the time in bed or roasting outside in the sun while feeling sorry for yourself and begging for mercy to make it be over.
I find myself opening my laptop and just closing the…
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