Well, I finally received an invitation to join keybase.io. My Keybase profile is: https://keybase.io/tumbarumba. I first heard about Keybase from a post by Tim Bray in March. I've been quite interested in crypto stuff since forever, but I've never been able to use it consistently in all my communications. Given the increasing surveillance issues on-line, it seems prudent … Continue reading Keybase
So, I recently took management training course. There was some useful stuff taught in the course (such as delegation, coaching, and performance management, among other things). I learnt a lot, most of it useful. I'm not here to talk about that, though. I'm here to rant... First problem: the feedback method they were teaching was the "shit … Continue reading Management Training for the Twentieth Century
I'm a career technologist. Building software systems that people find useful (as possibly love) gives me a great thrill. I've spent more than 25 years learning many arcane bits of knowledge that makes it possible for me to contribute to the construction and maintenance of these software constructs. Historically, I have mainly focused on technical skills and … Continue reading It’s the People, Stupid!
Some musings on professional software development... I'm a software developer with 20 years of professional experience. I've make all the classic mistakes, and learned a few lessons on the way. I've sought out better ways of creating software that really delights users, creates value and solves problems. I'm continually making use of the experiences and … Continue reading I am a Thought Follower
Well. That was a bit longer than expected. I've finally retrieved the slime-covered remnants of my blog, attached bolts to its neck and re-animated it with lightning. For something that I took down for "a few weeks" while I changed hosting providers, it ended up lying pretty much dead in a ditch for nearly 3 … Continue reading A dark and hideous thing re-emerges
My partner, Jamm Farstrider, has started blogging! Check out her elegant prose (and learn a thing or two about art) at http://sallysomebody.blogspot.com/.
This is my flight from hell story (long posting!): after being delayed 11 days by the volcanic disruption, I finally got on a flight from Sydney to London via Bangkok. The flight from Sydney to Bangkok flew OK, but movie system wasn't working - not great with 2 kids (luckily they mostly slept). We stopped … Continue reading Airline Story