Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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Small Servers, Shitty RAID, Twitch and Caves of Qud 2018/10/6 1:30 PM
This post is really going to be just a random collection of random updates and thoughts. If you are looking for an overarching theme, I'm sorry to disappoint but there isn't one. Nevertheless, this might be worth reading anyway. Your call. So yesterday
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Proprietary Software is a Plague 2018/9/1 8:07 PM
So as I'm sure my readers have noticed, the rate at which I've been producing content here has slowed. The reason for that is simple: I don't have as much to say as of late. However I have been saving up yet another classic rant and today I'm ready to u
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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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