Category Archives: Programming

Programmers Are Still Massively Underpaid

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 … Continue reading

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The Antipattern of the MacGyver Programmer

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 … Continue reading

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Munin Monitoring on Ubuntu

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 … Continue reading

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The Path to Understanding

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 … Continue reading

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My Name is Issa and I am not an Early Adopter

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. … Continue reading

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How I Became a Programmer

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 … Continue reading

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Why I Started Every Concert Ever

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 … Continue reading

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