If I Was A Rich Man

I don’t currently own my home. In fact, I’ve been renting for many, many years. Renting has quite a few downsides. One downside stands out for me. Since I don’t own my home, I can’t make significant modifications. I can’t install new faucets, paint a wall or put up new shelves, for example. On theContinue reading “If I Was A Rich Man”

Let It Rise

Few things in life can beat the smell of fresh bread in the morning. It always makes me feel like I’m on a vacation. It starts my day on a really positive note. Making bread takes time, though. And patience. And it’s kind of messy. Plus, timing it just right for when I wake upContinue reading “Let It Rise”

Tap Dancing on the Edge

The next time you see a software notification on your phone, don’t ignore it. Here’s why. Software is flawed. There are security holes in almost every application or game we use. There are minor flaws, which can lead to local loss of data. There are greater flaws, which can lead to hardware damage or seriousContinue reading “Tap Dancing on the Edge”

RTFM

I read manuals. You know, these booklets that you get with many of the products we buy. It’s amazing how many things I discover about products by doing just that. I often come across “the top 5 things you didn’t know about…” blog posts. They cover my phone, my laptop, my TV, my headset… YouContinue reading “RTFM”

Nice and Tidy

Appearance matters. I noticed that when I let myself go and don’t bother with tidying up, it has a snowball effect. What starts as a cup left on the coffee table soon becomes a messy home. The same is true for code. If I don’t keep a high bar, soon enough the whole thing isContinue reading “Nice and Tidy”

Same Phone, Different Feel

I’ve been an Android user since the very early days. One of the things I’ve always really enjoyed in Android is how open it is for modifications. You can choose from a broad range of manufacturers. You can choose from a broad range of models. But most importantly, whatever you choose, you can still maintainContinue reading “Same Phone, Different Feel”

I’ve Ad Enough

Ads are everywhere. In magazines, newspapers, by the side of the road, on TV, all over the Internet. There is a constant effort to brainwash us into spending our hard earned money. Even if we’re really good at not falling for it, it’s a hassle. It’s a constant background noise that drives our focus awayContinue reading “I’ve Ad Enough”

Legacy Code

What is legacy code? I was asked this question in an interview for a contract once. I answered that all code, once written, is immediately legacy code. I got that contract. I still believe this to be the case. Any developer worth their salt never stops learning. This means yesterday’s code is inevitably not asContinue reading “Legacy Code”

It’s Raining… Umbrellas?

It’s been roughly seven years since I moved to London. One thing I learned about London is you always want to have an umbrella (or a brolly, if you’re local) handy. You never know when it’s going to start raining. I used to buy them from just any old store on the street for £2Continue reading “It’s Raining… Umbrellas?”

Serve Me Your Best Dish

I love good food. When I travel, I love exploring the local kitchen. The problem is, quite often other people appreciate good food, too. This means the best places to try a certain dish are often packed to the brim. A former colleague of mine once shared a really useful piece of advice with me.Continue reading “Serve Me Your Best Dish”