Just finished my last day at 18F. Dropped off my #FedEmployeeInABox at UPS. Feeling all the feelings right now, but mostly gratitude for the opportunity to use my technical skills to benefit so many people.
I wrote this Medium essay about my experience.
After a decade of the same non-responsive layout for this site, I have paid off some technical debt to myself. The blog is now on WordPress with a clean mobile-friendly style. The server has been upgraded from CentOS 5 to CentOS 7. And thanks to the good folks at letsencrypt.org, every site hosted on this server has been updated to support SSL (HTTPS).
My family are avid public library patrons. I’d estimate that in the three years we’ve been in Lawrence we’ve checked out well over 1000 items amongst the five of us.
It’s been up to me to manage the due notices and pay the inevitable overdue fines. I think we’ve only had to pay to replace a handful of items, which is a pretty decent success rate given who my children are. Still, it’s been fairly tedious to juggle five library cards, five accounts, log in to the site to check and renew each as needed.
The Lawrence Public Library website greatly improved when they switched to the bibliocommons platform. I finally got around to writing a command-line library management tool to aggregate all five accounts into a single report and automatically renew any that are coming due.
% perl my-toolbox/lfk-library --renew --all
No more click-click-click and putting-off-till-its-too-late-and-whoops-we-have-a-fine.
I’ve been keeping tabs on DuckDuckGo for about three years now. It’s a web search site that doesn’t track users like Google does.
A nice write-up on the DuckDuckGo architecture today. Nice to see some technologies I recognize.
There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.
Finally got back to the Python Dezi client I started several months ago. All tests passing now so I’m calling this the 0.001000 release.
For my own keeping track of things: Yegge’s SOA Google-vs-Amazon rant.
I found this Yegge article via this Yegge article. If you write code, they are both worth reading. If you don’t write code, don’t bother.