Tag Archive: Work

Texterity FedEx Day proposal

July 12, 2011 9:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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 product or feature of their own choosing. The only rules would be that they have to work with someone who they don’t normally work with and that the next morning they have a finished product to demo to the whole team, something that they can “ship”, ergo “FedEx Day”. This is a lightweight version of Google’s 70/20/10 policy, where the majority of an employee’s time is spent doing their traditional job, 20% on company related innovation, and 10% on anything.

Work laptop decision

May 19, 2011 9:20 am Published by 6 Comments

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 makes the best laptop hardware anywhere. Period.
  • I’d be able to dual-boot to OSX, which I have nothing against, it’s just not my preferred environment. I could hypothetically do things like play Steam with my OSX partition.
  • Multitouch mousepad is so nice.

Choice 2: Dell E5520. Arguments in favor:

  • The Linux support for the MacBook Pro is imperfect, especially wifi.
  • I like the way I do stuff in Linux, and if I switched to OSX (for wifi, for instance), there will be a learning curve.
  • There are docks (whereas MacBooks have some third-party stands but no real dock solution).
  • 15.6 inch widescreen, instead of 13″ (which I’d have to get to keep the MacBook Pro under budget).

What are your thoughts?

Non-fun with MySQL

November 23, 2009 2:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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.


June 4, 2008 7:59 am Published by 4 Comments

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 back next week. Hi, Bryan! — and my very first task is to hire a third. The first thing I learned about being a manager is that there are a hell of a lot more things to think about when you’re the crux of a hiring decision than when you’re just another interviewer voice.


CPR: As Seen on TV

May 5, 2008 8:16 am Published by 1 Comment

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 shocking asystole and wondering why the cast of ER did not follow ACLS guidelines? Has a patient’s family member ever said to you ‘Meredith Grey was coded for four hours and was fine. What do you mean there might be neurological damage?’ All these questions and more will be addressed this coming Thursday during my Senior Talk entitled CPR: As Seen on TV.”

Update: This reminds me a bit of the so-called CSI Effect, where juries are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to physical evidence in trials.