As a team lead …

As a team lead you need to know your team. You need to understand people. You don’t need to second guess them, you don’t need to micromanage them, but know what motivates them. Know what they need to perform at their best. What tools do they covet? What routines matter? Do they need precision? Do … More As a team lead …

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … More 2014 in review

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get … More 2012 in review

Apprentice programmer

Let’s talk about plumbing, and customer service, and an experience I had recently with a company I won’t name. Overall the experience was good, but I don’t want anyone to get into trouble because they’ve misinterpreted what I have said here. (and if you’re wondering about the picture : the Olympic flame isn’t lit either). … More Apprentice programmer

Weekly (Scottish?) Developers Google+ Hangout?

I had an idea for running a book club for Google+ Hangouts, but after David Christiansen turned up, it became a more interesting catch-up, covering HP selling off WebOS, and discussing zaproxy ( http://code.google.com/p/zaproxy/ ) penetration testing tool and JIRA agile project management tool ( http://sandbox.onjira.com/secure/Dashboard.jspa?os_username=jens&os_password=password ). Some good chat, but we were wondering if … More Weekly (Scottish?) Developers Google+ Hangout?

Justice in Pakistan?

I’ve had an idea in my head for a while that I wanted to start blogging about things a bit more political than my technical blog. Not party political, because frankly, that bores me, but political in the grander sense.┬áToday I was having a discussion on Facebook about Osama bin Laden, and whether killing can … More Justice in Pakistan?