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Time management for makers

It’s been more than ten years since Paul Graham wrote Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, and in that time his then-revolutionary ideas have become almost mainstream. Every worthwhile engineering manager now knows—even if they don’t always act upon this knowledge—that engineers require long stretches of uninterrupted time in order to make things. And yet, the interruptions continue to come.

Some reasons to measure

A question I get asked with some frequency is: why bother measuring X, why not build something instead? More bluntly, in a recent conversation with a newsletter author, his comment on some future measurement projects I wanted to do (in the same vein as other projects like keyboard vs. mouse, keyboard, terminal and end-to-end latency measurements) was, "so you just want to get to the top of Hacker News?" The implication for the former is that measuring is less valuable than building and for the latter that measuring isn't valuable at all (perhaps other than for fame), but I don't see measuring as lesser let alone worthless. If anything, because measurement is, like writing, not generally valued, it's much easier to find high ROI measurement projects than high ROI building projects.

The Joy of Cryptography

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Overengineering can kill your product

I believe it because we will talk about one of the most prevalent issues when creating products: overengineering them. In my opinion, overengineering has killed more products than the absence of good development practices.

Learning containers from the bottom up

When I started using containers back in 2015, my initial understanding was that they were just lightweight virtual machines with a subsecond startup time. With such a rough idea in my head, it was easy to follow tutorials from the Internet on how to put a Python or a Node.js application into a container.

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