Alas, it appears when some companies claim to support “Linux”, they actually support only the Debian-based versions of Linux. Hipchat, Atlassian claims, “runs on everything so you can use it anywhere.” But to make it run on RPM-based systems, you might need to do a little work. Here’s how I got HipChat running on Suse:… Continue reading Installing HipChat on SUSE
Like all my other posts, this post is entirely my own opinion and not may not reflect the opinions of my employers, past and present. A week ago, I finished reading Dan Lyons’ real-life tragic comedy “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble“. It has left me uneasy. Among other tech startup evils, Lyons turns the spotlight on… Continue reading My first (and only) axiom of culture
Let’s see how familiar you are with Java 8’s new Date/Time classes. ZonedDateTime americasBirthday = ZonedDateTime.of(1776, 7, 4, 9, 1, 2, 3, ZoneId.of(“America/New_York”)); (I actually have no idea exactly at what time the Declaration of Independence was read that day, but that’s thoroughly beside the point). So question: what does this print? System.out.println( americasBirthday.withZoneSameInstant(ZoneId.of(“UTC”))); If you said… Continue reading Independence Day Time Warp
What does this print?
Conway’s law: Organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. –Melvin Conway Are they? Sure, there is ample evidence to suggest that the architectural structure of software closely parallels the organizational structure of its creators, but this “mirroring” is a correlation, not a causation. Consider… Continue reading Is Conway’s Law real?
A quick refresher, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months. Microsoft recently dropped a consumer preview of their next operating system, Windows 8. In Windows 8, desktop applications that you’re used to will be second-class citizens. They will not be allowed in the app store. Their small non-interactive icons will… Continue reading Microsoft to PC users: you’re dumb!
Today, this gem of an advertisement graced the sidebar of my Facebook page: Really? I wonder what kind of engineer this company wants. The kind with the same skills, aptitudes, and background that Google wants? If so, they’ll get only the ones Google turns down. And if this company is looking for different assets than… Continue reading How not to recruit engineers