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On Being a Free Software Maintainer

Year is 2013. I learn about a new, alpha-quality project called “GNOME Calendar.” Intriguing. I like calendars.

You Are Not Google

Software engineers go crazy for the most ridiculous things. We like to think that we’re hyper-rational, but when we have to choose a technology, we end up in a kind of frenzy — bouncing from one person’s Hacker News comment to another’s blog post until, in a stupor, we float helplessly toward the brightest light and lay prone in front of it, oblivious to what we were looking for in the first place.

Codecademy vs. The BBC Micro

In the late 1970s, the computer, which for decades had been a mysterious, hulking machine that only did the bidding of corporate overlords, suddenly became something the average person could buy and take home. An enthusiastic minority saw how great this was and rushed to get a computer of their own.

Why I Replaced Disqus and You Should Too

How switching from Disqus to Commento reduced my page weight by 90%.

Adventures of putting 16 GB of RAM in a motherboard that doesn’t support it

A while ago, I put 16 GB of RAM into one of my computers. The computer is using a Foxconn P55MX motherboard with a Core i5 750. It’s old and could probably be replaced, but it still works for what I need.