28 Jun

Pastebin.com – Ok, I came up with an example. Programming is like doing a massive sudoku.

Ok, I came up with an example.

Programming is like doing a massive sudoku. But you’re not just doing you’re own square, you have to line up the edges with squares that you’ve already done, or squares other people in your team are working on.

And it’s not just squares that you’ve done, you have to anticipate the sudoku’s you’ll be doing days, weeks or months from now, and leave easy numbers at the edges so it isn’t impossible to do those squares.

And that’s why some programmers are so engrossed in it, and get all worked up, because they’re like "You left a 5 in the middle of the square, what kind of asshole does that, now I’m gonna have to line all my square up with that".

And then someone points out a bug, an you have to trace it back to the square it came from, and then redo that square without screwing up all the other ones.

And after a few hours of that, you either surf facebook and go on IM, or you start growing a beard and forgetting to wash and getting weirdly obsessed with star wars, and people look at you weird and they’re like why do you care about it so much, and through the bleary screen-burnt eyes of your insanity you reply "The squares, can’t you see, the squares, they’re so beautiful"

And that’s why programmers don’t get invited to parties.

What was your question again?

via Pastebin.com – Ok, I came up with an example. Programming is like doing a massive sudoku.. Just a little to close to home.

28 Jun

Tapbots Blog – Tweetbot 1.2.1, 1.3 and the State of Push Notifications

Still not going to happen. It’s just not what Twitter is about and we don’t really want it in our app. But the beauty of the app store is if you really want it, there are 50+ Twitter clients that already have that feature. Take your pick! And no, we aren’t trying to be mean here. We are trying to build the best client experience we can for the majority of our users. We can’t and won’t even try to please everyone.

via Tapbots Blog – Tweetbot 1.2.1, 1.3 and the State of Push Notifications. Following the footsteps of the awesome team at 37Signals, have an opinion, which helps explain why Tweetbot is #winning in my opinion.

22 Jan

Rands In Repose – Managing Nerds

In front of you is The Problem. While I don’t know what The Problem is, I do know that you have a bright team of talented nerds working for you, and I know that you don’t have a clue how to tackle The Problem: you need the nerds and you don’t know where to start. The Problem is unique in that your normal leadership moves aren’t going to work. You can already predict the collective nerd reaction and it’s the opposite of what you need to happen.

Rather than attacking this Problem directly, let’s turn it around and explore the inner workings of your nerd’s mental landscape for inspired next steps.

via Rands In Repose – Managing Nerds. How does one go about managing nerds.