I’ve just redone my website using Jekyll. It is now completely static. No PHP, no database, nothing like that. Why did I do this? It’s quite soothing knowing that all my content is version controlled. I am now nigh-immune to traffic spikes. I was using caching with WordPress before, so it had never been an […]
(Expanding slightly on my response to this HN thread.) First: to be on all shared hosting everywhere. I.e. you need to be really easy to install, and preferably not involve long-running processes that shared hosts might choke on. Second: to be beginner friendly. No requirement of understanding MVC, or running commands in a shell (hi […]
I need to bear in mind that the threshold for the Hacker News front page is a bit lower late at night on Friday, and perhaps only submit my less inane, random, and opinionated stuff in that timeframe. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s great for getting views.
After I posted about my Sublime Text 2 git plugin I got one response which I thought was worth responding to. That looks helpful, but I often wonder why not just use an IDE if you want IDE features. Obviously I have a bias here, but I’ll try to be fair to IDEs… An IDE […]
I wrote a git plugin for Sublime Text 2. I’d decided to try Sublime out for work to see how it compared to TextMate… and thus some degree of git integration was required. Given that it’s been out since January, I was surprised that there wasn’t already a solid git plugin. I did find this […]
Other people contributing to my projects is often the cause of my improving them. This is because people tend to contribute something that works for the case they care about, without necessarily testing how it combines with the rest of the product. There’s nothing wrong with this. They did some work and wanted to give […]
It turns out to be quite difficult to hire good developers. I’m involved in the hiring process at deviantART, and it has opened my eyes to just how unqualified the majority of applicants to these jobs are. To give an example of this, I estimate that we hire perhaps 0.2% of the people who apply […]
After resisting smartphones for many years, I got one a few months ago, just before I moved. It turns out that they’re pretty nifty. Who knew, right? I got an LG Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. One of the big things that had been stopping me from getting one before was that I couldn’t quite […]
I bought a house. Strangely, this makes me feel like more of a “grown up” than producing a daughter did. Possibly because health insurance meant that producing the daughter cost appreciably less. Actually, according to the explanation of benefits letters I got from my insurance company, childbirth was almost exactly one third the cost of […]
So, funny thing, I realized that an important life event occurred when I wasn’t paying much attention to this blog, and I never got around to mentioning it. I have a daughter now, and have for a bit over two years now. She’s pretty cute.