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  • Do you use Linux?

    I'll bite.

    • Professionally? Yep, I primarily work with PHP and that means running a LAMP stack almost always.  Once in a while we run on Windows which isn't a big deal, but that's usually only for intranet sites.
    • As a hobby? Yes, I have a Linux "play" box, but nothing desktop-related - it's just a server/headless.
    • Dual boot? Main OS? Separate box, but don't do much actual work on it - my development machine is Windows and I use it as a git repository more than anything.
    • What distro(s)? Ubuntu and CentOS mostly. I rarely ever touch anything outside of these two. 
    • What are your specific interests in Linux? I enjoy knowing how to do my job on all the environments I might need to operate on/with.  Being a freelance developer means also being part sysadmin, so knowing how to do things like setup postfix and dovecot and manage a fairly basic LAMP stack that doesn't have too many complex pieces is virtually required.  I also enjoy tinkering with new stuff from time to time and like learning how to do something I didn't know how to do before, or learn how to use new tools that make my job better (like monit for making sure crap doesn't die and I don't know about it, which I only started using recently).
  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    Slightly off topic from your original question Bas, but I'd be interested if anyone here has any experience or knowledge with any materials or books that try to help with the art of requirements gathering.  In my shop, the guy who does all of the dealing with customers was on vacation for 3 weeks a couple months ago, so I had to take over the requirements gathering side of things, and I have to tell you: I've never in my life wanted to harm another human being more than these clients/customers.

    90% of the time all I could get were vague one word answers or "I just want it to look like this site over here" or "What we have now is fine, just re-skin it" and the like.  Then we'd show them something and we'd get "This isn't at all what we had in mind, where is X, Y and Z?"  It's not necessarily their fault, they aren't developers, they don't understand what we need, but it's virtually impossible to find the right phrasing to ask the client what they actually want to see at the end of the day.

    </rant>

  • U.S. Supreme Court no warrant-less cell phone searches

    , evildictait​or wrote

    ... It's a sad indictment of journalism, but you need to go to the primary sources yourself if you want to be informed these days, because journalists increasingly don't care for facts; just clicks.

    I'm hardly surprised "normal" journalism has come to this; tech journalism has been at this point probably since 1998 or so, if not earlier.  It's nearly impossible to get anything reliable or relevant from a tech news site.  It's just a giant circlejerk for apple fanboys these days.

    Edited for clarity.

  • "U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends that people ditch Internet Explorer"

    Honestly, if I were to use a browser other than Chrome, it'd probably be IE.  Maybe it's just my prejudice as a web developer, but every single time I have a problem with a browser making me do extra work to make it look like other browsers, it's Firefox.  Chrome is usually spot on, and IE as well, frequently even going back to IE8 (though obviously not for the nicer CSS3 stuff).  Firefox is the one I have to beat with a hammer to get it to behave.  It baffles me considering not even 5 years ago I probably wouldn't have touched IE with a 15 foot pole.

  • Can some one remind me why we are so gun CRAZY here in this country?

    What I don't understand about gun control laws is how it would deter someone from shooting up an entire school (for example).  A person hellbent on shooting up an entire school or workplace is already intent on committing as many murders as they can before they're caught or kill themselves.  Clearly they weren't planning on following a law that says murder is illegal, so why should they care about a law that says having a gun is illegal?

    If the argument is that a gun control law would make it more difficult to get their hands on guns, I will concede that point.  I'm also fairly certain a 'black market' for guns would spring up just as it has done for drugs.  Then it becomes an academic question of how pissed off someone is to find a dealer before they can start shooting.

    For me, it's a comfort that there might be a citizen nearby that chooses to have a concealed carry or other firearm, such that if someone does start shooting up a mall, it's possible I don't have to rely on rent-a-cops that frequently don't have anything but a handheld radio to deter an armed person.

  • Amazon AWS

    @kettch: My favorite is when I was looking to buy bulk compressed air, and for fun I was looking at some reviews.  "The can gets cold after spraying for more than a second or two.  3 stars unless they can fix this problem."

    I try to take all reviews I read with a grain of salt.  I also generally ignore 5 stars and 1 stars since they're (not always, but frequently) full of zealots on one end or the other.

  • Amazon AWS

    Wow, just goes to show you your mileage may vary in virtually everything in life.  I love Amazon.  Their prices are usually excellent, the reviews beat the pants off of consumer reports typically because it's real people (have to get a good sample set though, admittedly; I wouldn't trust reviews from 2 people).  And on the two occasions I can ever remember having a problem with something not being delivered or coming in broken, they overnighted me a new package.

    It appeals to my laziness and not having to walk in a store :P

    Edited to fix typo.

  • What is the most mundane task you have had to do as a programmer?

    , magicalclick wrote

    I think the most challenging and mundane task is to be forced have less than 10 code branches, aka, less than 10 conditions and loop combined. Otherwise I have to factor the code, which is extremely challenging when the refactored code makes little sense by itself. I can ask for waiver, but, that will become an overhead of all future report. Errrk.

    This, kinda.  I hate when new code standards are implemented and I have to fix a defect in legacy code, which doesn't conform to the new standards.  So instead of making a one line fix, I have to refactor an entire critical class and all of its unit tests since the code wasn't compliant in the first place.

  • Best wishes for Microsoft in 2014

    It's funny, it used to be that I'd have to do my sites in Chrome and Firefox and then hack to get IE to work.  These days, I work in Chrome and IE and have to hack to get Firefox to work.  Firefox is an absolute pitiful mess.  I don't know what they're doing but they feel like they've regressed to where IE8 or so is/was.

  • Holy crap, Stack Racking is no more!

    @ScanIAm: While I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiment, unfortunately too many times the metrics are things like "number of lines of code written" or "number of unit tests developed."  It's hard to find a manager that actually understands what metrics matter, in my opinion.  Granted, I'll admit that for someone as big as Microsoft I'm sure that's something less of a problem.

    As a manager, I value things like "Do I have to fail code reviews for the same things repeatedly" or "Do they go out and try to figure things out for themselves without having to have their hands held all the time, while still coming to ask for help when they've exhausted all avenues" and similar things.  The problem is those things aren't really easy to document and could be seen as subjective.  Objective measures usually mean some measure of quantity, and that almost always spells disaster.