Category: Technical

  • Creating blog posts in WordPress.com programatically

    Creating blog posts in WordPress.com programatically

    One of my projects, Unbreach, has a database of more than 600 breaches. These come from haveibeenpwned and they are composed of some metadata, a one-paragraph description, and an image. I wanted to improve these with more content, links to articles, tweets, videos, and some content of my own. I decided that a good way […]

  • This simple GitHub config change puts can put you at the top of my hiring list

    This simple GitHub config change puts can put you at the top of my hiring list

    I’ve hired about 20 developers in my career so far (and I’m looking forward to hire more). When job applications arrive I separate them in three piles: Yes, No, and Maybe. It’s better to do Yes and No piles, but it’s a luxury that I haven’t had (if curious, drop a comment and I’ll write […]

  • One on One Meetings (a free chapter from How to Hire and Manage Remote Teams)

    One on One Meetings (a free chapter from How to Hire and Manage Remote Teams)

    The term one-on-one evolved to refer to a specific type of meeting and does not mean any general meeting that has two people on it. One-on-ones are the regular meetings between a manager and each of their reportees. One-on-ones are always important but in a distributed team they become critical – mainly because you are […]

  • Hybrid work isn’t the solution (mostly)

    Hybrid work isn’t the solution (mostly)

    Now that a lot of the world is trying to go back to normal post-pandemic I see hybrid work being proposed as the solution and I strongly disagree that it is the future. The problem with hybrid work is one of real estate. To understand that, let’s go back in time to 2019, before we […]

  • Using Font Awesome 6 in a Rails 7 project that uses importmaps

    Using Font Awesome 6 in a Rails 7 project that uses importmaps

    I just figured out how to use Font Awesome 6 in a Rails 7 project that uses importmaps. I’m not entirely sure why this works and why some of the workarounds are needed, but my googling yielded no results when I was searching so hopefully here I’ll be saving the next person some time. If […]

  • An app to help you chose what movie to watch with friends

    An app to help you chose what movie to watch with friends

    I love movies, and most of my friends do as well, so when we are having a movie night, it always takes forever to chose a movie. It always goes like this: John: Shall we watch Star Wars.Sally: Nah, I’ve seen it a million times.Roger: What about 2001: Space Odyssey.Jess: Oh, I’ve seen it, but […]

  • A odd numbering system I invented when I was a kid

    A odd numbering system I invented when I was a kid

    When I was a kid, my dad and I had a (friendly) argument. I said that digital displays were better and I wanted them everywhere, for example, as the speedometer of a car. My dad said that dials were better and he made his point: Dials are faster to read and remember and if the […]

  • Making NFTs valuable and real

    Making NFTs valuable and real

    If you don’t know what an NFT is, here’s a wrong explanation: they are an entry in a database saying that something, belongs to you (or more precise, to an account you have control over). It’s impossible to hack or fake… …but it’s also meaningless. You see, you don’t really own the thing, you just […]

  • My notes on This Week in Startups E1080: Arlan Hamilton on launching Backstage Crowd, disrupting VC with syndicates & more

    My notes on This Week in Startups E1080: Arlan Hamilton on launching Backstage Crowd, disrupting VC with syndicates & more

    Top Insights She’s a black female gay, grew up in the south raised by a single mother. She became a VC, very underrepresented, very underestimated. Her firm is Backstage Crowd, open to accredited and non-accredited investors. She published a book: It’s About Damn Time, about her experience becoming a VC. Has a podcast: Your First […]

  • Why I think Dashman failed

    Why I think Dashman failed

    Almost every time I tell someone what Dashman, one of my startups, was, their response is: “Oh, I really needed that back in 20somethingteen”. Yet I didn’t manage to make Dashman a commercial success. I collected several hundreds of email addresses over years of people interested in Dashman. Yet it failed, nobody bought it. How […]