Finding myself on the other side of the table in the consumer-vendor relationship has resulted in some eye opening experiences. These are things I look back on, and realize that I strenuously avoided doing during my Scalable days. But I see everyone doing it now, as they try to sell me stuff, or convince me … Read moreTypecasting and the "trust us" factor
So … Suppose someone comes up to you and makes a claim. This claim isn’t backed by facts, merely by unicorns, rainbows, and their own biases. Yeah, this kind of relates to the previous post. They argue based upon the claim. Stake out their ground. Insist that “none shall pass” in a black knight, Monty … Read moreHow to handle curious conversations … part 1 of a few billion
I’ve encountered this in my career, at many places. Sadly, early in my career, I participated in some of this. You are a zealot for a particular form of tech if you can see it do no wrong, and decry reports of issues or problems as “attacks”. You are a zealot against a particular form … Read moreOn technology zealotry
I am a fan of the Julia language. Tremendously powerful analytical environment, compiled, high performance, easy to understand and use, strongly typed, … there’s a long list of reasons why I like it. If you are doing analytics, modeling, computation in other languages, it is definitely worth a look. Think of it as python, compiled, … Read moreInteresting post on mixed integer programming for diets … that has some hilarious output
I am a sucker for a good editor. I like atom. Don’t yell at me. Its pretty good for my use cases. It has lots of nice extensions I can and have used. Atom is not without its dependencies though. Installing it, which should be relatively simple, turns out to be … well … interesting. … Read moreDistribution package dependency radii, or why distros may be doomed
So there I am updating my new repository to enable using zfs in the ramboot images. This is a simplification and continuation of the previous work I did a few years ago, with some massive code cleanups. And sadly, no documentation yet. Will fix soon, but for now, I am trying to hit the major … Read moreNyBLE
In the last few years, I’ve had major disappointments professionally. The collapse of Scalable, some of the positively ridiculous things associated with the aftermath of that, none of which I’ve written about until they are over. Almost over, but not quite. Waiting for confirmation. My job search last year, and some of the disappointment associated … Read moreDealing with disappointment
Again, many apologies over the low posting frequency. Several things that are nearing completion (hopefully soon) that I want finalized first. That said, the major news is that this site is now on a much improved server and network. I’ve switched from Comcast Business to WOW business. So far, much better speed, more consistent performance, … Read moreLate Feb 2018 update
Many things are going on simultaneously right now, and I have little time to compose thoughts for the blog. I anticipate a bit of a letup in the next week or two as the year comes to a close.
WordPress is an interesting beast. Spent hours working through issues that I shouldn’t have needed to on an upgrade, as some functions were deprecated. In an interesting way. By removing them, and throwing an error. Which I found only through looking at a specific log. So out goes that plugin. And the site is back.