Full Stack Developer vs Software Developer

Reading Time: 4 minutes Full Stack Developer vs. Software Developer, which is right for you? Let’s reframe the question. To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question. The software industry is not the only industry that faces this question. No matter what industry you’re in, it’s a loaded question. Like the answer to most queries, it depends.…

Terraform

Learn Terraform

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my last post, Learning Terraform, I committed to learning Terraform. I’ve started reading Terraform: Up and Running: Writing Infrastructure as Code. It has given me a great primer thus far. I’m converting my Cloudformation templates to Terraform. I’m all in at this point and am convinced that this is my preferred tool for building…

Death by 1000 Cuts

The Blame Game – Deadly Cut 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you ever been stuck in whodunit limbo, wedged in between two companies with no way out? One company says their product no longer works because another company broke theirs. These days it’s usually a large company that breaks the product you’re using due to an API policy change. In the old days, it was…

MagicMirror

MagicMirror, the digital display platform

Reading Time: 3 minutes MagicMirror is an open-source project used to create a customizable fullscreen display. I recently read Scott Hanselman’s article about building a Wall Mounted display for your home. I’ve had a Raspberry PI for a while, so I bought a Sceptre E205W-16003R 20″ on Amazon for the screen. I also purchased a VideoSecu Tilt Rotation TV…

Death by 1000 Cuts

Software Reliability – Deadly Cut 2

Reading Time: < 1 minute Software reliability is supremely important. I told my wife that I would download something. I told her it would take 10 minutes. More than an hour later, I’m still downloading the file due to software bugs. I only wanted to download a file, that’s it, but asking for software reliability was too much to ask.…

Bitwarden

Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 2

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lastpass went to the past. In my last article, Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 1, I wrote about my decision to switch password managers. I’ve been using Bitwarden the past several weeks, and here are my experiences with it. The desktop client is a bit clunky. Moving an entry to a new folder doesn’t let…