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At work today. With a cold. Everyone keeps telling me to go home.

I feel guilty for being here. That said ...

I live with a toddler and a senior citizen, the latter of which has no health coverage and goes to free clinics to get medical care. I'd feel even more guilty if I stayed home. Particularly if either of them were to catch it.

Instead, sequestering myself in a conf room with hot tea and Lysol to wipe things down afterwards.

The first time I heard the term "digital experience platform" it was from an industry exec mocking a competitor's focus on being classified as such. They're argument: "it's such a phoney classification. It doesn't exist. Such a waste of time and resources."

Fast forward two years. Same executive is now speaking at events about building "digital experience platforms" and is a recognized thought leader in the space.

Life comes at you fast?

Never considered myself a 10x engineer at the time. Only in hindsight. As much as I hate that label, it's and accurate classifier of some engineers.

I keep searching them out and, when I find them, I will protect them with every fiber of my being.

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Wrote some code. It took me 90 mins to get things functional. Which is frustrating, because three-years-ago-me would've written the same code in less than an hour.

I fully understand there are some who would spend days on the problem and not get it. I'm not discounting how hard the work is. Just frustrated that my shift into management has resulted in my "code muscle" losing some of its tone.

Better run today on an elliptical. Still getting back to my pace. A little improvement each day helps.

The more I read and study, and the more experience I gain working with various communities, the more I realize I harbor several ideals that aren't shared by others in my position.

It's eye opening and frustrating at the same time.

Common sense isn't common, y'all.

Things that feel like obvious, empathetic, I-care-for-those-around-me are seen as alien standards to which others struggle to relate.

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback thus far! If you want to learn more about what I'm doing and why I wanted to know, feel free to sign up at Details to follow later this month ;-)

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How do you primarily read email? HTML? With it without images? Plaintext only? Asking for research on a new project.

How do you primarily read email? HTML? With it without images? Plaintext only? Asking for research on a new project.

Looking for a way to catalog resolutions for the new year that helps folks hold me accountable without also oversharing my goals (or really the reasons behind them).

Any ideas?

I find it both cool and a bit weird that I have Lumens attached to my Keybase account. The idea of cryptocurrency is great, but I don't _really_ have a need at the moment ...

My furnace is on its last legs. Every now and then the thermostat turns it on (or thinks it does) and sits there expecting the house to warm up, only for us to come home to everything below 40 degrees.

It's not the best situation. Especially with a little one in the house.

Finally bought a Nest. I can program a lambda to check it every minute or so and restart the furnace if it fails to kick on. Win-win for my geeky self.

Except the Google setup for Nest? Sucks. Majorly. Worst onboarding ever

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Support from @system76 has never ceased to come though for me. I can't say this about many companies at all.

Last month I got to visit the team behind System76 and the new Thelio line of desktops. It was a blast. Y'all should read up on the experience:

Then go see if they have a rig to suit your needs ;-)

Debating whether I should spin up a server (or 4) for this project, or go serverless with AWS...

What kind of work are you and your team doing with programming? Tell me a story - the good, the bad, the horrifying - and I'll try to work it into some upcoming conference talks.

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To developers of FOSS:

Please do not use Creative Commons/CC licenses (other than CC0) for your code! Some CC licenses are incompatible with things people may do with your code, like package it for distributions, derive new works from it, or even sell it on discs at loss to schools. The GNU GPL, BSD, MIT, etc. licenses are much better for software.

CC licenses don't target software, meaning using one could cause serious legal trouble for you.

More info:

Tootdon shut down. Installed Tusky instead. Yep. This was a good change.

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