We recently moved and our closest hardware juggernaut went from Home Depot to Lowe’s. While shopping at Lowe’s for a garden hose a month back, I’d seen some patio furniture I liked, photographed it, showed it to my wife, and Continue reading Lowe’s: A Case Study in Bad Customer Service
As the maintainer of the Seattle CoderDojo web site, I get the contact emails. Twice in the past 9 months, we’ve received emails with the exact subject line “coding resources (thanks!).” Each purported to be from a different woman who Continue reading Certstaffix – Greyhat SEO Scam?
I’m going to be speaking at So Cal Linux Expo (SCaLE) 15 and I thought it might be disingenuous to be presenting from a Windows laptop. So I took a personal laptop that’s become a secondary device and put the Continue reading NixNote: Syncing Notes Via Dropbox
A video version of “The Recursed Army” from Programmer Bedtime Stories. Read by Greg Bulmash. Continue reading New Video: Programmer Bedtime Stories – The Recursed Army
The final art is now installed on “A Dame, Two Spells, and a Scope.” In the last illustration of the story, I thought it would be fun to put in a little Easter egg. One of the crates has this Continue reading The Significance of 9906753
King Floyd navigates a sticky succession situation in a neighboring kingdom with the help of his sorceress and the Observer Pattern. Continue reading Programmer Bedtime Stories: King Floyd and the Seventeen Princes
A wily merchant uses a recursive algorithm and over-optimization to trick a king out of his kingdom. Continue reading Programmer Bedtime Stories: The Recursed Army
When a farmer’s widow goes to the big city to buy some cattle, she doesn’t get the deal she thinks she’s getting. So she teaches the wily salesman a lesson in using precise terms. Continue reading Programmer Bedtime Stories: The Farmer and the Gigacows
A clown is smothered in blueberry tarts in a room no one can enter. The great sorceress Ahn is called in to solve this locked-room mystery. Continue reading Programmer Bedtime Stories: A Dame, Two Spells, and a Scope
Looking at my travel plans for the first half of the year, I thought “this will be cool. I’m going to reach Alaska Airlines MVP status for the first time and before June is out.” I was wrong. Continue reading When Is an Airline Mile Not an Airline Mile?