Kitchen Joe

I like smart solutions. There’s something elegant about a smart solution to a problem. It’s interesting how sometimes we are not even aware of a problem until we see the solution. One place where I seldom think of the problem before I encounter a solution is the kitchen. I work with what I have, andContinue reading “Kitchen Joe”

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”

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?”

Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine

I work from home. Like many others, the pandemic got me working entirely from home. But even before the pandemic, I used to spend many hours in my home office. Since my work involves me sitting in front of computers, what I mostly do is, well… Sit. And I’m not as young as I usedContinue reading “Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine”

Smile

I drink a lot of coffee. I mean, I could easily drink ten cups a day. While I enjoy my coffee, it does come at a cost. One of the most noticeable side effects of drinking plenty of coffee is the stains on your teeth. Since I can’t ignore the coffee stains, I have toContinue reading “Smile”

A Lazy Singleton

Every profession has its own jargon. It helps convey ideas to fellow professionals quicker. Some terms are more important than others, because they encapsulate a whole solution with a single expression. The software world is no different. We have plenty of terms we use on a daily basis to convey software (or hardware) ideas. TermsContinue reading “A Lazy Singleton”

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”

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”