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“Jimmy [Fallon] has been interviewed many times, and often offers to answer follow-up questions. Nobody takes him up on it, but I did. And to Jimmy, that wasn’t a burden — it was a sign of thoroughness. […] I started to wonder: What else do I think is bad, that other people think is good?”
This happens quite often with my coachees. Recently a CTO put of promoting senior developers to team leads because he thought they would dread it. When he talked to them, they’re joyful and happy and thought: “Why didn’t I do this earlier?”
Diagram of the week
Interesting insight on the distribution of remote work.
From the article “The hottest new perk in tech is freedom”
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Together with Etienne de Bruin I’m discussing a selection of these stories on YouTube.
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Stories I’ve enjoyed this week
So many learnings in this story. A cleaner turned off the power by switching off the circuit breaker. A freezer with 20 years of research got lost. The lab had put a lock on the power socket, so no-one could disconnect the freezer. But it made an alarm, and the cleaner thought they would need to turn the circuit breaker on to stop the alarm. So they turned it off. I’m reminded of how a crisis happens in a startup, where people do something that you tried to prevent. Like in these SciFi time travel stories. By trying to prevent something, you start it. And why did the freezer not have a battery? If 20 years of research were in it? What is your freezer?
The article claims, VC funding allows startups to do ‘unfair’ things. After years in startups, I think this is one of the key differences between bootstrapping and VC money. I did both. And in a bootstrapping startup, follow the law to the letter. Our competitors could do things we couldn’t, they just spent $10.000 a month on for lawyers which we could not.
It includes 2/3 stock, but $1M in a startup that already made it?
There is still a battle raging between those that think everyone needs to go back - Google - and those that think the ghost is out of the bottle. Those that force people back have problems: “Unispace finds that nearly half (42%) of companies that mandated office returns witnessed a higher level of employee attrition than they had anticipated.”
I’ve talked with Etienne on our Podcast about the future of AI-interaction. What we came up with is Star Trek. No apps. No code generation. Just a general AI. And here it’s from ChatGPT CEO: “What will the interface look like as the technology integrates more deeply into our lives? You’ll be able to do this with a two-way voice, and it’ll feel real time. You’ll be able to talk like two people doing conversations, and that’ll be powerful. You can [eventually] imagine a world where, as you are talking, it’s like the Star Trek holodeck.”
Some years ago domain-specific languages DSL were all the rage. Programming languages were rated by how well they would support creating DSLs (even that didn’t help LISP). Now I can’t hear people talk about DSLs or read about DSLs on Hackernews. I guess they were complicated to maintain, had little benefit and distracting. Who would have thought!
Passkeys are coming. If you don’t know about them and still think about emails and password, urgent reading!
I was one of those “ORM is an anti-pattern” guys. I also wrote some ORMs at the end of the 90s. Today I think: Start with an ORM, it’s so much easier (currently using GORM in Go), then migrate to something faster as you scale. Small story: The site of a company I’ve worked as CTO for crashed because an ORM was reading millions of used coupon codes to see if a coupon was used. Worked with 10 customers. Crashed with 3 million.
Monitoring is a pain. If you haven’t started or struggled with it, this article is highly recommended. It talks about logs and log levels and metrics and many more things.
Read it. The number is so large—explained in an example, not just the number printed—that you do not believe it. “If that ticket wins the jackpot, throw a grain of sand into the Grand Canyon. Keep going, and when you’ve filled up the canyon with sand, remove one ounce of rock from Mt. Everest.”
DEAR ENGINEER, cOWN YOUR QUALITY - and other tips.
“Platform Engineering” is the new Devops. Joke aside this article is very useful to have a better setup of your operations and development. “Platform Engineering is the application of a Product Mindset to supporting your engineering organization’s software delivery velocity and system stability.” This will be my new response to coachees.
Commercial show. Marvel. Opening credits AI-made. There you have it.
I thought the only good thing in Bladerunner 2049 was the AI companion. Seeing how much I love our dog, it’s easy to see where the future lies. Back then though, I would not have thought that the future is so close “Today’s bots aren’t merely a step function improvement on 1:1 conversations—they’re making inroads into our social lives.”
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