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Things software development teams should know about design

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I wrote a quick, unpolished list of things that development teams should know about design (and designers). It’s worth sharing with a larger audience, so here it is: programmers and managers need to fully embrace design — without “buy-in”, designing is futile (as it’ll never get implemented properly — or, often, implemented at all) design […]

GUADEC 2014 Map

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Want a custom map for GUADEC 2014? Here’s a map I made that shows the venue, the suggested hotels, transit ports (airport/train station), vegetarian & veggie-friendly restaurants, and a few sights that look interesting. I made this with Google Map Engine, exported to KML, and also changed to GeoJSON and GPX. Original Maps Engine GeoJSON […]

New photos: plants, animals, shadows, and sculptures

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I’ve started snapping and posting photos again. With the exception of the zoo photos from last year, most of these are from the recent months. A few are even from the past week or two. You can view larger versions by clicking on each photo or by visiting my photo collection at Flickr.

Tux update: black and white vector line-art

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Many months ago, I released a high-quality vector version of Tux that I made in Inkscape as SVG and PNG. Somewhat recently, I needed to make a black and white version for a project. You can get both the color and black and white versions in both SVG and high-res PNG at the Tux github […]

“Patches accepted” is harmful: How to improve your volunteer introductions

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

“Patches accepted.” It’s one of the most offensive things you can say to people who genuinely want to help with your project. Why you should reconsider using the phrase Not everyone is a programmer. Even those of us who do know how to program might not meet your expectations, and we would likely waste hours […]

Giving feedback

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Lucas Rocha shared Seth Godin‘s blog post “the worst feedback is indifference” on Google+, and I posted a reply. In the interest of openness and distribution (and actually posting content on my blog), here’s my response: I was on a call the other day where someone told me that they wouldn’t ever give me negative […]

New job!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I have recently left Novell / SUSE, after working at the company for eight years. Today is my first day at Red Hat!