List of texts / podcast with the score for perceived-usefulness for work (not quality!)

JAN 2021

Maximizing Developer Effectiveness

Rise of Worse Is Better

Intel Problems on Stratechery

  • Intel Problems – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
  • 6/10
  • some big trends: intel did not share microsoft’s trajectory (wintel, remember), but almost - losing mobile, losing APple keeping servers with google, kickin Sun away; but lost on manufacturing grounds…. - i still have intel lbased macd

Garbage in Garbage Out

What happens when you update your DNS?

  • What happens when you update your DNS?
  • 10/10
  • Awesome insights into the distinctino of recursive/authoritative DNS servers and the evolution of the process of an update of a DNS record (both within a zonefile and NS records themselves)

The documentation system

FEB 2021

On Jeff Bezos and Amazon Model on Stratechery

Production Oriented Development

  • Production Oriented Development by Paul Osman @ Medium
  • the essay I have been returning the most this year
  • I can’t say I agree 100%, but it does resonate with so many references
    • Bradshaw and Homecoming
    • Pressfield and War of Art
    • Seth’s Godin on regular shipping
  • Also, I spend way too much time in non-prod mode (learning or procrastinating)
  • 10/10

MAR 2021

Man Disconnected: How technology has sabotaged what it means to be male by Philip G. Zimbardo

JUNE 2021

Beauty Is Our Business

  • Beauty Is Our Business
    • _Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity.

Always be quitting

Finish your stuff

  • Finish your stuff
    • contemplate functional completion as an ideal state, being done and letting it just work for years

As We May Think

On the Dynamo and Email

JULY 2021

Excel Never Dies

It’s OK to Only Program for a Paycheck

Planning as is a software engineering value destroying mistake

  • Driving engineers to an arbitrary date is a value destroying mistake

    Programming (one programmer working alone without too much money/time pressure imposed by others) is quiet different from software engineering (multiple programmers, stakeholders, designers, etc., with time and money constraints). Everyone loves programming (and so doing programming usually leads to high-quality and useful products), almost everyone hates software engineering. —

AUG 2021

Hammock Driven Development

SEP 2021

Write Code Not Much Mostly Functions

It doesn’t take much public creativity to stand out as a job candidate

If it will matter after today, stop talking about it in the chat room

Software should convey a sense of calm

Dieter Rams’ principles of good design applied to software engineering

done = without_defects + fulfilled_requirement + fitting_purpose

Improve Your Life with Long Error Messages

On the relationship between exception handling and post-release defects


The inflation of the term Best Practices

  • Best Practices (why I Hate Them)+
  • Thinking properly about the language, somewhere in the Orwellian tradition, but also SICP stress of using appropriate langugages in engineering comes to mind

What to Learn

Productivity and Velocity

Bash functions are better than I thought


Microsoft and the Metaverse