The origin of the modern neckbeard (hacker)

Henry David Thoreau (1816-1862) was probably the first content creator to sport a vigorous neckbeard. As Louisa May Alcott noted: “Most assuredly it deflected amorous advances and preserve the man’s virtue in perpetuity.” Discovering the contraceptive advantages of the neckbeard was not the only way in which Thoreau was ahead of his time. He was […]

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Interesting Lifehacks: Use a Wooden Spoon to Block Part of your Screen

While the benefit of the wooden spoon may not be immediately obvious to the novice user, the concept is now hailed the ‘next big thing’ in software development. Early adopters have been tinkering with some creative use-cases. Most users first realize The Spoons power when selectively blocking unwanted pop-ups. This works much better than any browser […]

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The Software Engineers Guide to Mercury Retrograde

According to Western astrology, there’s this thing called “Mercury Retrograde”. Before you dismiss it as mumbo-jumbo remember that this “science” is several thousand years old. And probably too complex for even software engineers like you and me to understand 🙂 During a this “planetary” alignment some activities (like hosting long meetings or code-refacturing) are safe, others are not. […]

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Tony Hoare: Invention of the null-reference a billion dollar mistake

Computing Pioneer Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare (aka C.A.R. Hoare) was mostly known for his Quicksort algorithm, but less remembered for the idea of the “null-reference”. He noted in 2009 that it was his “billion-dollar mistake” which he regretted and only implemented it because it was so easy to do: I call it my billion-dollar […]

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