Polium One

Sun, Jun 5, 2022 | 900 Words

There’s a lot of things to say about the Polium One. I don’t think any of them positive? I wanted to say a few things that don’t seem to be talked about elsewhere. Manufacturing Numbers Going off the Polium Pass section of their Medium post we can see for the first year they will only be producing 10,000 consoles for the people who partnered into this. So you’ll have a maximum of 10,000 other people to play with across the world?

Business Cost As A Developer

Tue, Apr 12, 2022 | 1100 Words

One of the things that’s helped me a lot in my career as a developer is understanding the cost of my work (or work I want to do) in the wider business context. I’ve also seen a lot of developers, especially on the more junior side, not understand certain business decisions or have difficulty making an effective case for their suggestions. This is a primer in understanding what stuff costs and should give you insight into how to better present your ideas.


Sat, Feb 26, 2022 | 1000 Words

I finished the above journal recently. A hardcover, dot grid, A5 Leuchtterm1917 notebook. It’s been with me for nearly five years, but I finally did it. I had never finished a journal or notebook before this one, so there’s a palpable sense of succes and joy. I’ve always been a lover of stationery, especially paper and notebooks. I have such a collection of beautiful pieces from all over the world; from handmade pieces by friends or small batch traditional workshops, to tie-in pieces from my favourite fandoms, to even just nice plain ones I’ve collected on my journeys or been gifted by loved ones.

Death Of Browser Choice

Sun, Jan 30, 2022 | 1500 Words

Original comic credit to @shenanigansen, modified by me. The Early Years Back in the 90’s the dominant web browser was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. While there was initially competition from NCSA’s Mosaic and Netscape Navigator, Microsoft’s decided to abuse its dominion over personal computing (via the Windows operating system) and they cornered the web browser market almost entirely by bundling their browser with every install. This anticompetitive behaviour led to lawsuits from competitors including AOL, who claimed that Microsoft violated antitrust laws by bundling its web browser software to push Netscape (AOL’s popular browser before Microsoft got involved) out of the browser market share.

My Wedding

Tue, Nov 16, 2021 | 600 Words

I know I don’t post a lot of personal life stuff, but it’s been a big weekend. To be more accurate, it’s been a massive weekend, a huge prior week, and a big few months leading up to it. But all the stress and organising and backup plans and workarounds lead to an amazing ceremony (and a killer reception/after-party) where I married the love of my life, Nikki. Nikki and I got married at Queen’s Gardens, a lovely public park near where we live.

LBS: NAS Of Theseus

Sun, Aug 1, 2021 | 500 Words

The Ship Of Theseus is a thought experiment proposing “if every part of an object is replaced over some period of time, does it still remain the same object”? The version of the thought puzzle concerning Theseus was discussed by Plutarch and talks about the Athenians preserving the ship upon which Theseus returned from Crete. Stored in the harbour, it rotted and decayed over time and so each part was slowly replaced so that it would not fall apart.

Manually Decoding UTF-8 From ANSI Or Similar

Wed, May 20, 2020 | 800 Words

You know the problem, one you’ve probably seen before, where you open a document and for some reason some of the symbols have morphed into something much less intelligble. For example, you’re reading a document and suddenly you see “on‑premise” and you have to decipher what was missing. Normally you can pick it up from context, but if it’s incredibly important that you transcribe the correct character, I can walk you through correcting those mistakes.

Coronavirus App Australia

Sun, May 3, 2020 | 400 Words

The Australian federal government has recently released an app to assist in combatting the coronavirus pandemic, urging all Australians to download, install, and run it. I feel uncomfortable with the project on a number of different fronts, and wanted to put them into writing to understand them better. First and foremost; I don’t trust our power- and privacy-grabbing federal government not to use this to infringe on our rights in some manner.

Managing Your Own Large Projects

Mon, Apr 20, 2020 | 900 Words

We often have grand ideas for projects and then easily get stuck at one of a few different stages. Often we have a huge list of features and balk at the size of the work involved with no idea of where to start. Or we start by building a single component with huge scale in mind and quickly get disheartened by the lack of progress towards the end goal. Or maybe even we built a tiny scale idea and then throw it away, not knowing how to turn it into what our visions demand.

NS3000 File Storage Solution

Sun, Apr 19, 2020 | 1200 Words

Note: This is a long post focused on the approach I took to developing a new project. If you’re interested in more technical details, how to solve challenges this brought up, or insights into some of the processes I will be writing other posts under the “ns3000” tag. For about four years now I’ve had in mind a project, an all-in-wonder file-storage solution that meets a whole bunch of criteria that I have.
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