Sane Development Practices

Some thoughts on programming from a non-programmer (at least by trade). Beware of tools that are too recent. Sometimes change is good. Oftentimes it isn’t. Developers like shiny new gadgets. These tend to be of lesser quality than older, more robust ones. Whenever someone calls their library “simple” or “easy”, skip it. It’s likely to be a poorly documented, inconsistent, and wasteful solution to whatever problem you might have. …

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Notes on Development Environments

After trying to figure out to make Vim, Python, Zsh, and Tmux play along for the second time in a couple of years, I came to the conclusion(s) that: spending hours on end reading docs for things that other tools offer at a much lower barrier to entry is not worth it. losing your temper over even the smallest of battles (e.g how to change colors in Tmux, or configuring setup files) is a waste of energy. …

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Beware of Code on the Internet

As I try to figure out how to ease back into Vim, Tmux, and other “esoteric” tools, I’m reminded again that you should never trust people’s suggestions on the Internet (especially their code). I suspect that the hundreds of blog posts on “how to configure x”, “how to setup y”, or “why everyone should be using z” contribute to the general attitude of mistrust that I have towards people trying to be helpful online. …

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Notes on Work #2

Read an interesting thread on HN. The comment that stood out the most to me was this one, and the ensuing discussion around it: Successful companies also attract gold diggers. When the company is small, unless everybody is going above and beyond the call of duty, it’s likely going to fail. As the company gets bigger, there is more and more latitude for failure. At some point it is successful enough that it can survive having people whose only goal is to direct a large amount of money into their pockets. …

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Trading Technical Analysis - A Refreshing Take

There’s some controversy on whether technical analysis and chart reading are better than fundamental analysis and intrinsic valuation. I personally don’t have a dog in the fight. However, scanning reddit, I found a couple of interesting answers to a thread called “Change my mind: Technical Analysis is a complete nonsense” on r/CryptoCurrency Card And the original post on r/Bitcoin Card

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