Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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Android Fraking Sucks 2018/8/11 2:25 PM
So I've taken a bit of a break from writing over the last few weeks. Honestly while I kind of needed one, the reality is that I also didn't really have anything interesting to say. Nevertheless, I'm back and I've decided that I'd like to spend a few min
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The Rubber Hits the Road: Principles versus Pragmatism 2018/7/21 1:16 PM
Late last year I reiterated some principles which I intended to keep in mind for the year of 2018. More than six months into the year, I thought it would be good to publicly reflect on how all of that has been going. If you'll recall, there were three p
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Sadism, Masochism and HD Antennas 2018/7/15 11:43 AM
Way back when in 2012, I did what is commonly referred to now as "cutting the cord". It was a bold move as all I had was a Roku device, a Tivo DVR and an HD antenna. If it had been solely up to me I probably wouldn't have bothered with the Tiv
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Why Bad Tech Doesn't Just Die Already 2018/7/7 6:01 PM
This week I'm going to delve into a question which occasionally rears its ugly head even for me: Why doesn't bad tech ever seem to go away? It is worth noting up front that while this includes computer based tech, it covers all kinds of tech. For exampl
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Avoiding the Mines in a Field of Tech Fads 2018/6/29 1:54 PM
Chances are that if you've worked in tech long enough, you can probably rattle off a list of tech fads you were forced to suffer through. But you know what my secret is? I have yet to fall for the siren song of any tech fad. But rather than just laughi
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Development Teams: Help or Hindrance? 2018/6/22 4:05 PM
This week I've decided to tackle a topic which has been in the back burner of my mind for awhile: Whether or not development teams are a help or a hindrance. Why now? I was asked some questions which revolved around this as part of a job interview I had
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Autocratic Internet: The Tyranny of Google reCAPTCHA 2018/6/16 2:20 PM
So over the last year, something on the Internet has been really pissing me off. That thing is Google reCAPTCHA. This thing has been driving me bonkers for over a year and I'm pretty much at the end of my rope. So let's start with a bit of background.
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Microsoft buys Github: Whhhhhattt? 2018/6/8 5:20 PM
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably have already heard the big tech news of the week: Microsoft is buying GitHub for 7.5 billion dollars. Wow. That's a lot of pennies. Rumors of this began swirling on the Internet last weekend and the
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Dumb Homes For the Win 2018/6/2 4:01 PM
This morning a young man knocked on my door with the goal of selling me on a Vivint Smart Home System. Needless to say that if you know me at all, you know I put the kibosh on that in a hurry. My opposition to this idea springs from more than my fear of
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Shattering "Old Code" Rose Colored Glasses 2018/5/24 10:36 PM
Over the course of my career, while my standards may have changed, I have always prided myself on the idea that the code I wrote was "solid" when judged by the standards of the day. Due to a recent job change, I found myself with yet another op
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My Ode to Rogue-Likes 2018/5/16 1:19 AM
Everybody knows that I love to play RPGs (Role Playing Games). In fact I love them so much that over the last few years I mostly stopped playing games from every other genre. Despite that, my love for RPGs has begun to wane a bit in recent years. While
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Unplanned Obsolescence 2018/5/6 12:41 PM
For those of you who don't know, I spent most of this past week at a conference in Chicago put on by my employer. This was a bit awkward as I was working out the second week of my three week notice with them. Nevertheless I went and a good time was had
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Tor Versus Zoom 2018/4/24 3:10 AM
As I'm sure many of you know, an important part of being a remote worker is maintaining lines of communication with your co-workers. At work we use a variety of tools to accomplish that but one of the most important tools is one called Zoom. It is a scr
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Road to Acceptance: Anger Versus Apathy 2018/4/18 11:41 PM
So I've been spending a lot of time in the midst of a situation that leaves me feeling very angry. Today I got more angry than usual and since that is becoming a more common occurrence I thought it might behoove me to delve into why. I'm going to start o
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Check and Mate 2018/4/15 9:01 PM
So in an effort to diversify my hobbies a bit I've recently decided to spend some time getting to know Chess a bit better. While I have casually played Chess all of my life, the reality is that outside of knowing how the pieces move and the conditions un
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Oh Green Fairy, Where Art Thou? 2018/4/7 12:02 AM
This week we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled tech related posts/rants to delve into a subject that is near and dear to my heart: Absinthe. Anybody who knows me, knows I like to indulge myself with a snort of liquor now and again. Though
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When and Why I Leave 2018/3/29 11:50 PM
Anybody who has ever bothered to read my resume has probably thought to themselves: "This guy sure likes to switch jobs." Well I can't fault them for making that observation as it is at least half true. While I do switch jobs fairly often, the
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Agile is Good and Scrum is Dumb 2018/3/23 12:04 PM
One of the most disturbing trends I have seen over the last few years is the interchangeability of the terms Agile and Scrum. Most people believe that Scrum is a form of Agile. A lot of employers will advertise that they use Agile when in fact they actu
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Fact: Every Tech Related Disaster Is Man-Made 2018/3/17 2:29 PM
Yesterday at work I was finishing off an extremely productive week. After spending the previous week on a spike, everything was really starting to come together for the feature I'm building. It was a good day. But then during a team demo somebody made
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Things I Don't Miss About Windows: Updates 2018/3/12 11:45 PM
So I'm going to start off this post by being extremely blunt: I don't like Windows. In fact when it comes to Operating Systems (aka OSes), I consider virtually any other OS a superior choice. The only exception is situations in which some piece of criti
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Veni, Vidi... not so much Vici 2018/3/6 1:10 AM
I've been doing a lot thinking regarding the overall state of my trade. Of course that should be obvious to anybody who follows my posts. Much of it has been a deep dive into what can only be described as a creeping depression regarding the state of the
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Low Standards in Software tend to go Viral 2018/2/27 1:27 AM
So here is something that has been on my mind as of late: The plague of shitty software. My goodness, there really is a lot of it floating around nowadays. That's not what I'm really concerned about though. What concerns me is that our ability to accep
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Code Mode: A True Developers Drug of Choice 2018/2/19 8:53 PM
This week I wanted to chat about a syndrome that I have experienced a few times over the years as both an amateur and a professional developer. What syndrome am I referring to? One of my favorites: The syndrome of "Code Mode". What is "Co
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The Bigger They are, the Harder They Fall 2018/2/13 1:21 AM
When it comes to the modern day world of software, one thing above all has become clear to me over the last 20 years: On a long enough time line, failure is virtually guaranteed. That being the case, how our software approaches, adjusts for and reconcile
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Ethical Quandary: Is it ever responsible to irresponsibly disclose? 2018/2/8 12:35 AM
Today's post is going to examine an ethical grey area that I currently find to be very relevant. Is it ever okay to ignore responsible disclosure standards for security related issues? Spoiler alert: I'm going to argue that there are cases in which ignor
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