Code Example Automation

At Meta Stackoverflow there’s going to be a beta release of a Documentation feature. The idea is that Stackoverflow community members can contribute code examples for functions and classes and APIs that they use. It would be like an editable wiki cookbook of recipes, kinda like the Ruby Cookbook or

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Ephemeral Indie Music

Unfortunately, one trade-off hasn’t been truly considered: what happens to the music after the artists stops creating? What happens when there are no more concerts to go to, no one to promote the albums or to release a 20th anniversary edition album, no re-releases, no compilation albums, no B-side releases, no lost-rediscovered-tracks album?

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Working Analog

…I make sure there’s some kind of duplicate analog version for anything that’s important. The daily planner saved me when my phone battery died and it was the only place where I could see my todo list for the day. I didn’t get a phone charge for 3 hours and those 3 hours would have been wasted if not for the Moleskine.

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The Software Estimation Struggle

Software estimation research is … improving estimation techniques so that sophisticated organizations can achieve project results +-5% of estimate results… …the typical software organization is not struggling to improve its estimates from +-10% to +-5% accuracy. The typical software organization is struggling to avoid estimates that are incorrect by 100%

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books

Currently reading: Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life by David Allen, author of Getting Things Done William Gibson’s The Peripheral, solid read so far, very Neuromancer How Google Works, about the inner workings of Google and some of the principles that

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