Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here?

My time is limited. Between work, sleep, eating, training, washing and tidying up, it’s hard to find time for anything. There are simply too many things to do. Many of these things there’s no avoiding. Trust me, I tried skipping sleep. It doesn’t work very well! Other things, however, you don’t have to spend timeContinue reading “Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here?”

Smooth Operator

“I’m calling about your accident”. “This is HMRC, please call us back for the tax refund you are owed”. The number of scam and spam calls made on a daily basis is astounding. It feels like the phenomenon is out of hand. What’s more frustrating is that our phones are helpless. They can only recognizeContinue reading “Smooth Operator”

Not Now, Email

Procrastination is vastly different from owning your time. Not every task can (or should) be done straight away. When an email comes in, it tries to bite into my time. Some emails are real time sinks. Those lead into forms or tasks I would have to perform to address them. If I actioned them allContinue reading “Not Now, Email”

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”

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”

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”

Size Matters

Size matters. Especially when we’re talking about software. Quite simply, smaller is better. In some cases, size comes at a cost. We call this a lossy compression. JPEG is such an example. The smaller your JPEG, the lower its quality. There is no way to recover the original data. It is lost. The loss mayContinue reading “Size Matters”

A Double Espresso, Please

There are very few perfectly engineered machines. I mean, there’s almost always a flaw. A button that’s not responsive, frustrating maintenance routines… So when I find a machine that just works, I’m impressed. The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is such a machine. I’ve been using it and its predecessor, which is harder to get now, forContinue reading “A Double Espresso, Please”