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What is the job to be done of your job?

A few days ago three of us were talking back from the Devonshire Square market after having enjoyed the warm, sunny weather by eating our food outside. The topic of conversation had wandered but had eventually rested on careers. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Reading Notes from “Johnny Bunko: the last career guide you’ll ever need”

There is no plan The world is too unpredictable to be able to plan out in advance your career or your life. You can make choices for instrumental reasons: the choice is based on the perceived utility for something else … Continue reading

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Math for Programmers

Given that software development has so many ties into mathematics, I’m always surprised by how seldom it seems to show up in my day to day life. However, today was a little bit different. Finding success through failure One of … Continue reading

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Understanding Environment Caching in Puppet

Recently, puppet got a new way of defining environments. Along with the new environments, came a new way of handling the caching of the environments inside the puppet master. I found out that what puppet is now doing, and was doing … Continue reading

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You’re done when

Every team that I’ve worked with has eventually come to ask the question: when is it done? And they don’t just mean “done”, they mean, when is it “done-done“? Every time, for whatever reason, this seemingly innocuous question becomes a … Continue reading

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You’re Wrong and Can Never Be Convinced Otherwise

Are you a rational, logical person? When you are given the data about a situation, do you change your mind? I would be willing to bet that you like to think about yourself in that light. I know that I … Continue reading

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CITCON 2012 in Portland

CITCON is a conference that I’ve been attending since 2006 in London. I showed up because it was “near” where I was living in Germany and sounded like it might be interesting. Boy was it ever interesting! The only European … Continue reading

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