A Good (Trades)man Is Hard To Come By

It’s been a while since I last published a post. In the meantime, my wife an I bought our first house. Buying a house was a major educational experience for us. I will probably dedicate a few posts to the lessons we learned. The first, overwhelming lesson was how hard it was to find goodContinue reading “A Good (Trades)man Is Hard To Come By”

Bite the bullet (point)

After a period of not posting, I am very pleased to present this post. For those of us who tend to forget things, nothing beats a good list. And so, without further ado, I present to you the most exhaustive list of lists you could find anywhere, written by the master of lists himself, SakisContinue reading “Bite the bullet (point)”

Will We Ever Learn

Companies rise and fall. Nothing is forever. This isn’t a cliché. The largest companies in the world gave way to other companies. Giants have gone bankrupt. It’s a fact of life. What I find extremely frustrating is when great companies fall over easily foreseeable errors. When the red flags were waving, the alarm bells wentContinue reading “Will We Ever Learn”

With a Little Help…

It is with great pleasure I bring to you my first guest post. This one was written by Igor Wojda. Igor is a Senior Android Developer I’ve had the opportunity to discuss this blog with. We started discussing life optimisations, and he shared with me a recent optimisation he made to his life. I amContinue reading “With a Little Help…”

Agile? We Are Doing It Wrong

Whatever your line of work, I’m sure you noticed companies constantly want to earn more. The intuitive way to earn more is to work faster. Produce more in less time, and you earn more for the same time window, right? As a contractor, I’ve worked with many companies of varying sizes. From start-ups to scale-upsContinue reading “Agile? We Are Doing It Wrong”

You Get What You Give

If there’s one thing I could probably never get enough of it is good books. Since I got my Kindle, I stopped buying paper books. I have gone full digital. There are many advantages to digital books. Being free is not one of them. Imagine my joy when I found a way to get bundlesContinue reading “You Get What You Give”

Consumer Power

Every once in a while, I am wronged by a company. It is a very frustrating feeling. Once you’ve gone through every possible support channel, escalated to managers and complained publicly about it, there’s little left to do but pursue legal action. A legal move is very time consuming, and can be quite costly. InContinue reading “Consumer Power”

Fix It

Stuff breaks. I can’t begin to count the times my phone screen broke. Laptops stopped responding. I used to just replace any broken product. Unfortunately, this was both expensive and not so great for the environment. Then, just once, I thought I’d look up ways of fixing my broken stuff rather than replace them. TheContinue reading “Fix It”

On A Positive Note

I once read somewhere that smiles (much like yawns!) are contagious. I found that observation interesting. I had to see it for myself. I started consciously smiling to people. What do you know. It works. It gets better. It seems that smiling actually makes you happier. So by spreading smiles, you’re actually making everyone aroundContinue reading “On A Positive Note”

Mix And Match

I used to spend a lot of time choosing what to wear. In all honesty, my choices were not great. They’d often clash, and weren’t always appropriate for every situation. My wife came up with a great solution. She took me shopping. Now, to make things clear, there are few things I dislike as muchContinue reading “Mix And Match”