Avoiding managed services, using Docker and running eight Mongo and twelve Kafka nodes does not make an application cloud neutral — it makes it costly to develop, Kafkaesque to architect, and impossible to maintain in production. You end up losing your weekends and quality time with family to DR exercises and production support. Continue reading Let’s talk cloud neutrality
It is worth reiterating that none of the big tech companies owe anybody anything with regards to the type of content they are willing to host. Continue reading A conservative version of Facebook?
When the service is free, the provider of such service owes nothing to consumers and everything to the sponsors. Continue reading Fixing the Information Marketplace
In the recent weeks, there have been reports of Twitter and Facebook censoring, blocking, and shadowbanning American Republicans on their platforms. The outrage brings up a few interesting points that are worth discussing. Continue reading On Facebook and Twitter censorship
For many years I couldn’t understand what software architects do. Early in my career, I thought they were useless. As a young developer, I felt that I could do the job of a business analyst, software architect, and developer all at the same time. Now, seventeen years into my post-college career I am one myself. I am trying to learn what it means to be a good software architect, and I hope to be one myself. Continue reading What does a Chief Software Architect do?
In the spring of 2017, I borrowed a Series 1 Apple Watch from our lab at work to see if I’d like it. I didn’t. I hated it. Now I have a Series 3 Apple Watch, and I love it. What’s different? Fitness and health tracking is my primary use case I started running in the fall of 2015, and I’ve been using Fitbit as … Continue reading Apple Watch Series 3 is a gem worth waiting for
I downloaded my Facebook data. For the most part, I didn’t find anything there that I didn’t voluntarily provide to Facebook. It’s worth noting a few things that people should pay attention to. Contacts When you install Facebook, it asks you for access to your Contacts. This is so it can help you find more friends to connect with and so you can use your … Continue reading I downloaded my Facebook data. Nothing there surprised me.