Technical Authority

It’s been a long while since my last rambling heretical outpouring. Buckle up. Compromise sucks. If you try to accommodate everyone’s demands you end up with The Homer. A lot of technology teams suffer from this in the way we try to address all concerns continuously, rather than focus on the few things that will…… Continue reading Technical Authority

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Farewell Vend

Thanks so much team. Here’s some shit I wrote down to leave you all with: Do the hard work Diversity and inclusion isn’t easy, but that’s not an excuse to be lazy. One major reason for the historical lack of diversity in our industry is because it’s just more comfortable to work with people who…… Continue reading Farewell Vend

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6ix

6 years in the same job is pretty unusual these days, especially in the tech industry (although perhaps not as weird as you’d think). This week marks six years for me at Vend, so I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to stick around as a leader at a great tech job.…… Continue reading 6ix

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Don’t be lazy

It’s not hard, it just takes some effort, so when I see manels and dudeferences, I feel utterly disappointed in the laziness of the organisers. Stop letting yourself down. Stop letting the dudewave roll over you. Put your head above the dross and take a look around.

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Hard Problems

Apparently, we need to allow controversial opinions in order to bring about innovation: This is uncomfortable, but it’s possible we have to allow people to say disparaging things about gay people if we want them to be able to say novel things about physics. I presume this is a deliberately inflammatory opinion in order to…… Continue reading Hard Problems

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Building a Multisensor for Home Assistant – Part 2

In part 1, I was building a light sensor, but now it’s morphed into a multi-sensor Running against my recent terrible Aliexpress streak, the remaining bits actually arrived. Here’s the items I’ve used to build a great little multi-sensor that pumps data into Home Assistant: Total: US$8.38 Item Details Price Main Board Wemos Mini D1 (probably…… Continue reading Building a Multisensor for Home Assistant – Part 2

Building a Light Level Sensor for Home Assistant – Part 1

(This turned from a light sensor into a light/temperature/humidity/pressure multi-sensor in Part 2. By Part 3 it might be sentient.) I’ve been mucking about with Home Assistant for several months now after buying wifi lights (and shamefully haven’t been blogging about it). Home Assistant is a hugely configurable, Python-based home automation server. I recommend checking it out.…… Continue reading Building a Light Level Sensor for Home Assistant – Part 1

How to disconnect from Social Media without deleting your accounts

I’ve thought about taking a break from Social Media several times in the past. It was this video that finally pushed me to give it a crack, at least experimentally (thanks Rowan). It’s not that the chap had anything groundbreaking to say, but more that it was a handy summary of all the reasons why…… Continue reading How to disconnect from Social Media without deleting your accounts

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