Tag Archives: Work

Texterity FedEx Day proposal

I just started the wheels moving for a FedEx Day at work. Here’s what we wrote up for it: We would like to propose taking a page from Atlassian’s playbook and instituting a “FedEx Day”. The idea is that for one day, all of the developers and QA would be free to work on a [...]

Work laptop decision

My laptop at work is getting a bit long in the tooth and is due to be replaced in the next couple of months. I currently run Ubuntu on a Dell laptop. The laptop is elevated on a dock next to another screen. I have two choices: Choice 1: MacBook Pro. Arguments in favor: Apple [...]

Non-fun with MySQL

Some days, nothing goes right. mysql> drop table node_details; ERROR 1051 (42S02): Unknown table ‘node_details’ mysql> create table node_details ( id integer ); ERROR 1050 (42S01): Table ‘node_details’ already exists mysql> drop database local_nodes; ERROR 1051 (42S02): Unknown table ‘node_details’ This exercise in un-collapsed waveforms brought to you by this not-a-bug bug.


I got a promotion yesterday. Effective more or less immediately, I am the manager of one of two teams of developers. I’ll have two great developers reporting directly to me — one of whom is on vacation and is probably going to learn of this change while reading this very blog entry when he comes [...]

CPR: As Seen on TV

One of M’s co-workers is giving an interesting sounding talk this week. If it wasn’t in the middle of a work day, I might try to wrangle my way into it: “Have you ever watched a cardiac arrest on TV and thought ‘That is not how we do it’? Do you remember seeing Dr. Carter [...]