Category Archives: Work

How to Deftly Handle Pushy People and Succeed on Software Projects

Working in the software profession you will often run into a situation where someone is pushing your estimates down, asking for the moon, or increasing scope without adding resources or time. There is no instruction manual for handling that sort … Continue reading

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How to setup the MySQL data directory to be in your encrypted home folder on Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu has built in home folder encryption similar to OSX. I always turn on this feature on both OSs and have never experienced any perceptible performance hit. This guide shows one approach to migrating the MySQL data directory into the … Continue reading

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On Pluggers, Rockstars, Ninjas, and other fun labels for developers – which are you?

My first boss taught me there are two types of programmers: pluggers and rock stars. It was the late 90’s, and programming talent was in high demand. I was the young gun they brought in.  A plugger would not have … Continue reading

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Software Development Heaven – sit stand desk and Herman Miller chair

This year I joined the sit-stand work environment revolution and I love it! When it comes to being a successful software professional, investing in the right tools is important. Many of us overlook ergonomics, especially our desk and chair. In … Continue reading

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