I decided long ago that this is an impossible question to answer. It immediately divides itself into several small categories and specific situations. Which would I rather have on while driving? To fall asleep to? As background music while I work? Even more difficult, how do you compare bands with one album against bands with ten?
This article by Jon Evans is a good read but I think it neglects two fundamental things. Thing One is the reason why outsourcing will never replace American programmers. Thing Two is that Programmers are still massively underpaid, even with base salaries of ~$125k. Putting aside Dr. Seuss for a moment, I’m talking about Productivity and Communication.
MacGuyver is amazing. He can take a ball of string, some paperclips, and a piece of chewing gum and build a functional airplane. But the point that is often lost is that he’d much rather build an airplane out of airplane parts. Continue reading
Munin is a wonderful tool that creates easy-to-read graphs of (just about) everything you need to know to keep your servers humming along. Setup is very simple, but it isn’t something I do often enough to remember all the steps off the top of my head. Although there are plenty of great tutorials out there, none of them QUITE fit my setup perfectly. so… Continue reading
Like many people of my age group I have a child who is old enough to watch Star Wars. On my daughter’s third birthday, after much deliberation, we showed her “A New Hope” for the first time. She loved it (duh) and in the past six months she has watched it a few times a week (or possibly more, if you won’t accuse us of being bad parents). Continue reading
Historic: adjective. A word so overused in 2008 that it lost all meaning.
It has taken me quite some time to come to grips with what Barack Obama’s election victory means in the perspective of my own personal history. Though it is a story long in coming, it is one worth sharing.
Barack and I, if I may be so familiar, share a similar background. No, I didn’t attend Columbia or Harvard. But like our 44th president, I was also born in the USA, the child of a white, American woman and a black, African man. My father was from Senegal, not Kenya, but most Americans can’t find either on a map, so we’ll call it even. The parallels don’t end there. We both had absentee fathers who died early and strong mothers who battled cancer. I’m relieved to say that my mother is doing well all these years later but the President’s story certainly resonates with me. Continue reading
One of my favorite things about the speed with which web technologies move is looking back over the learning process. I came across a page on stackoverflow.com today where someone was asking about the differences between WordPress, Drupal, and using a PHP Framework. Continue reading
People who know me would naturally assume that I am what the technology industry refers to as an Early Adopter. I love gadgets, I consider myself a futurist, I’ve read sci-fi my entire life, and I’m generally a big nerd. But those people would be underestimating how conservative I am. When I’m ready to change, I go for it full speed ahead. But I’m a big fan of not fixing what isn’t broken. Continue reading
I feel very lucky to have grown up when I did. I was 10 years old in 1982, which was the year I got an Atari 800. It was a beautiful machine with a whopping 8k of RAM. I have a vague memory of buying extra ram for it that came in blocks the size of VHS tapes and upping the RAM to 48k, but I don’t really remember. Continue reading
By the end of 2006 my band, Good Clean Fun, had been touring for 8 years and had played thousands of concerts. We’d performed in 37 countries on 4 continents and a few islands. I had a pretty large collection of fliers, photos, posters, and even a few tour schedules, but nothing that even approached being a comprehensive list of where we had played, when, and with what other bands. Continue reading