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Note to self. Make sure staplers are out of reach before approaching a programmer deep in the code.
 
I would like to print this out and staple it to the forehead of every person at work who has ever come up to my desk and interrupted me to ask a question they could have asked via email or chat.

The worst are the people who send me email, then walk over to my desk and tell me they've sent me email and expect me to stop what I'm doing, read their fucking email while they wait, and respond in person.  Because whatever I was doing at the time was obviously not at all important or difficult.

Comic via http://heeris.id.au/2013/this-is-why-you-shouldnt-interrupt-a-programmer/
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People do this at my workplace all the time and it drives me insane. Even worse, we have a client that's right next door and they will send us an email and immediately come over to talk to us about it and they send like 50 emails a day.
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Smoke alarms are a wonderful example of False Positives.

Just about everyone has direct experience with a smoke alarm going off in the middle of the night, waking you from sleep because the batteries are colder at night.

Few people have experience of smoke alarm in the middle of the night, waking them in time to escape a burning home.

The rate of actual home fires is low enough that just about any rate of false positive is going to teach the populace that smoke alarms are nigh worthless. And smoke alarms have a rather high false positive rate: about once every 150 days, by my count.

Smoke alarms: Interrupting my sleep with low battery alarms for 30 years. Saving me from fire for 0 years.
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20 years ago, our home in Oakland had glass break sensors that would trigger if you dropped your keys. Not annoying at all! Wowza that interior siren was loud! And we had an outside bell box, too. So the whole neighborhood could enjoy the cacophony.
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One more reason I love working at Perforce.

Perforce sponsors cool things that make the world a place I want to live in. Half the company gathered in the conference room to watch the STS-133 launch coverage. Plenty of space geeks at Perforce.

Tune in to tmro.tv Saturdays for the weekly live shows. Lots of space news, guest interviews, and smart folks in the IRC channel asking and answering questions.
“Would also like to give @perforce one more shoutout for sponsoring TMRO (Spacevidcast) during Shuttle era. Wouldn't be here without them.”
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So many Yule Log broadcasts from which to choose... "Oh look, Hallmark's has a cat!"

(this time with Google auto-awesome animated cat goodness)
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Tower is my favorite Git GUI. It has served me well for years as I used it while writing Perforce's Git Fusion.

Signed up for the Beta!
 
Exciting news! Tower 2.3 is coming - with GitHub Enterprise, Atlassian Stash, Gitlab & Perforce support. Sign up for the beta!

#gittower   #beta   #programming   #git   #github   #githubenterprise   #atlasian   #stash   #gitlab   #perforce   #versioncontrol  
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Reading ESR’s blog while waiting for a test run to complete, I see a mention of Poul-Henning Kamp’s 2012 ACM Queue article, A Generation Lost in the Bazaar: https://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2349257  The article is mostly a polemic against the tangled and thick mess that has become Unix Management.

I, too, have been shaking my cane at similar problems. It seems that the Git Fusion project spends at least half of its development and support bucks on “How to linux” or “How to Apache.” Not developing new features. Not improving Git/Perforce translation. Just linux install and configuration. Our free OS comes with a not-free productivity tax.

Then ESR’s 2015 response http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=6737#more-6737 nails it perfectly:

“What this piece speaks of to me is a kind of nostalgia, and a hankering for the control (or just the illusion of control) that we had when our software systems were orders of magnitude smaller.”

That’s it. Nostalgia and the illusion of control. That’s it exactly. Nostalgia for a simpler time when I could memorize every single interesting peek and poke location on my Apple ][+, or all the system calls on my school’s PDP-11. To fully understand a machine, to completely control it, to understand its every response. Those were amazing days. But limited: we did a lot less back then.

Yeah, I’d love a simpler setup and config. But not if that means I have to give up my version control system, web server, or editor. Please don’t make me fire up TECO again. 

Now that I realize that my grumbling about linux and apache config is really just nostalgia, I can shut up and get back to work. Or grumble about something else. Like why is my Python script gobbling so much memory?

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The Bike Shed · Development · Download PDF version of this article. August 15, 2012. Volume 10, issue 8. A Generation Lost in the Bazaar. Quality happens only when someone is responsible for it. Poul-Henning Kamp. Thirteen years ago, Eric Raymond's book The Cathedral and the Bazaar (O'Reilly ...
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I see your PDP-11, and raise you an IMSAI 8080 and a PDP-10. :P

I remember spending hours pouring over the first IBM PC's, fascinated by the built in BASIC and the various tricks you could get it to do... once you knew they existed. But even then people in the know were bitterly complaining about how much was given up moving away from doing everything in assembler. As if, even with the (now) absurdly small storage and code sizes, there weren't STILL bugs that the HW people blamed on the SW, and vice versa.

Sure, sometimes it's about nostalgia, but others it's a legitimate check on how much "froth" has entered the field. After all, that's why skeuomorphism was a thing, and now it's not; people realized that a lot of it was an insane waste of resources and programming just to make everything look "real", rather than practical. 

That said, in 10 years we'll have people whining about how great skeuomorphism was, and now that we had all this processor power and storage to kill... lather, rinse, repeat. :D
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Whose idea was it to keep the second stage aligned and with cameras pointed at SpaceX Dragon during solar array deploy?

That was beautiful.

We could see the fairings fly off, then the solar arrays unfold like a pair of big photovoltaic wings.
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Only a few hours left to get these awesome John Barrowman shirts.

I was kind of a +John Barrowman MBE​ fan because of his work on Arrow. Then I saw one of his live panels. Now I'm a huge fan. One of the funniest, most energetic, entertainers I've ever seen. Also one of the most generous with his fans.

Cool story time: as I sit in a convention between sessions, I glance up and see someone wearing this very shirt. That's pretty cool; first time I've seen one in the wild. Just as I'm about to say "Hey, nice shirt! I love John Barrowman, too!" I look up and realize that it is John Barrowman, rushing to his next con event. 
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Cap'n Jack!
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Join us.

Yet one more reason why I love working at Perforce: folks like +Yohannon Hadden in support. 

+Yohannon Hadden was actually the first person I ever spoke to when I visited the Perforce office way back during my job interview. He saw a befuddled Zig searching around for a main entrance, introduced himself, then walked me all the way through the building to the front reception desk. Perforce folks sure are helpful.

Now, almost a decade later, we're both still here, happily helping folks keep track of their work.
 
Frequent readers know that, despite all common sense, I've been doing technical support for nearly a decade. At one company. Both of which make me about as common as the rainbow-pooting unicorn.

The over-riding reason I've been successful and happy: My company, Perforce Software, rocks hard. All corporations should be run like Perforce, with the same open minded attitude (not to mention a finer appreciation of extremely experienced employee candidates) and relaxed atmosphere.

So when I say "Hey, all tech support people looking for a great place to be... check it out!" you KNOW I'm trying to do y'all a favor. You can apply directly, or you can send me your resume/cover letter (Full disclosure: Yes, I get a referral bonus for successful hires).
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Paint the town red!

Inspired by the CW’s new series, we’ve been rewatching the original 1990s version. Today was the final episode of The Flash: “The Trial of the Trickster.” 

Gosh that was so much fun. Mark Hamill’s insane laughter is a preview of his perfect portrayal of Mister J.

But while laughing along with The Trickster, don’t miss John Wesley Shipp’s Goofy Bad-Guy Flash. Super speed and impish glee. So much delightful delinquence. 

Thanks for the fun times, 1990s Flash.
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There is a startling correlation between how much Rollins I listen to and how many features I write in a day.

Anger brings focus. Anger gives purpose. Anger produces code.

I'll listen again and again
and I'll keep coding.
I promise.

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