There’s a Hole in the Bucket

I love automation. Automation is all about taking the repetitiveness and time consumption out of menial tasks. It is also about reducing the error rate. Unfortunately, there are some tasks that seem too painful to automate – at least for now. One of those tasks could really save me money. I’m talking about checking myContinue reading “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”

A Filing Cabinet in My Pocket

Having your important files everywhere is a huge convenience. I lost count of the number of times I needed my passport, a recent proof of address or my CV handy. In all of these cases I was grateful for Dropbox. Dropbox is a cloud storage service owned by an American startup of the same name.Continue reading “A Filing Cabinet in My Pocket”

I’m Not Buying It

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day, Prime Day… Sellers are definitely making a huge effort to take money out of our pockets and into theirs. We worked HARD for that money. Do I really need that fourth gaming console? Will I ever use this home exercise bike? I mean, it’s probably cheaper to buy aContinue reading “I’m Not Buying It”

Hello, Friend

If you are a developer, you probably know this. Developers are notoriously socially awkward. Sure, I met a few exceptions. For the most part, though, the reputation seems fair. Maybe it’s being introverts that leads people to become developers. Maybe it’s the long hours in front of a computer screen that impair one’s personal skills.Continue reading “Hello, Friend”

A Hidden Stash

If you own a Nespresso machine, this is for you. A Nespresso machine is pointless without coffee capsules, or pods. I typically have between 50 and 200 pods at any given time. Having this many pods requires a storage solution. I have tried many storage options in the past, and considered many others. All ofContinue reading “A Hidden Stash”

Don’t Be a Slave to Jira

If you’re a developer, you’ve probably come across Jira. If you’re working with Jira right now, you probably know the pain. You pick up a task. You move its ticket into “In Progress”. You raise a pull request (PR). You move the ticket to “Code Review”. Your PR is merged. You move the ticket toContinue reading “Don’t Be a Slave to Jira”

Kickstart Them When They’re Down

A once in a lifetime opportunity. This promise is so worn out. But there are still genuine once in a lifetime opportunities. You can find many of them on crowd-funding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The opportunities on these sites are a gamble. Some of the projects never deliver. Others deliver very late. ThenContinue reading “Kickstart Them When They’re Down”

Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

I often get calls when it is least convenient. I don’t want to just hang up, because it feels rude. I don’t want to let it ring, because it is annoying. I could flip my phone to silence the call and let it go to voice mail. But then the caller doesn’t know why IContinue reading “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”

Making Oscar the Grouch Proud

What bin do you have in your kitchen? Up until a year ago, I had a push bin. When holding something in my hand, I couldn’t easily open it. It sounds like a silly problem to have, I know. But obviously it’s a common one, or we wouldn’t have had paddle bins. The main problemContinue reading “Making Oscar the Grouch Proud”

The Enhanced Spelling Bee

Writing doesn’t come easy to me. Writing well is even harder. I do try to hold myself to high standards, though. Technology has progressed a lot on this front. You used to have to install applications to have your spelling checked. Spell checkers are now built into most browsers and editors. The next thing isContinue reading “The Enhanced Spelling Bee”