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The Subversive Repository

08/05/2013

This month’s Vanity Fair has a story on an odd criminal case every programmer should familiarize themselves with, if only for their own safety. The story involves Sergey Aleynikov’s (unfair, some might say) prosecution for allegedly stealing high frequency trading source code from Goldman Sachs. From the article (and emphasis mine): In April 2009, Serge Read More

Mental Models: Mattering. (Still.)

07/23/2013

Friend and colleague @bear recently wrote up a post1 discussing “magic tricks” developers have started using to store their deploy secrets in git. Apparently it involves putting data directly into git using “the plumbing,” and encrypting it somehow? The post doesn’t reference specific techniques; if readers have pointers to those, I’d love to read them. Read More

The Elevator Storyteller

08/30/2011

I recently read FastCompany’s interview with John Lilly. I knew John from my time at Mozilla1, so it was interesting to hear him talk about the developments after my tenure at the Corporation. One thing he said stood out to me: [W]hen I was at Mozilla the activity I did mostly was to tell the Read More

Honesty’s Net Worth

07/06/2011

I recently told a friend of mine I had discovered James Altucher. He said “Oh, he’s a great read! I love reading his stuff. He’s totally crazy.” At the time, I didn’t understand. But after reading more of Altucher’s work, I realized what he was referring to: Altucher’s frankness1. As I’ve continued to enjoy his Read More

Getting Back On Message

05/31/2011

In another life, I would’ve been a journalist. It’s unclear which is more tragic here:the column’s title… or my hairstyle. During my junior and senior high school years, I wrote a column, published weekly in the local newspaper, on issues teenagers face in a standard, mid-sized western town. In retrospect, the writing wasn’t great: my Read More