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11May

Analysis Paralysis

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, personal, programming

There was an article highlighted in a variety of nerdy news sites called “I’m A Good Engineer But I Suck At Building Stuff,” and while I was reading it, I felt the writer Lionel Barrow’s pain. Because I’m a better engineer, but I still suck at building (some) stuff. When Barrow writes: “I find myself […]

Programmer Zef Hemel recently made a confession, aptly titled I Hate Puzzles. In it, he confesses to a deep loathing for the recruitment come-ons that read “Do you love puzzles?” and even more for recruitment ads that are puzzles. He says, eventually, that he and his wife agreed they don’t understand why people do puzzles. […]

01Nov

Project Blockage

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, personal

I have a project I swore I was going to finish, dammit, before starting on a new one.  I try to execute on several different small projects every day, along with my professional responsibilities, but the rules have always been: one writing project, one art project, one software project.  Since I’m the father of two […]

15Nov

Linux, Flash 10, and saving Flash files

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, Linux, personal

It used to be possible for Linux users to find and save the movie file from a Flash download with earlier versions of the Flash plug-in.  Flash put the file in the /tmp directory and if you were quick you  could copy it elsewhere.  If you had a plethora of Flash files, you could often […]

10Nov

Blatantly looking for work…

Posted by Elf Sternberg as personal

Okay, since I’ve had the heart-to-heart with the boss, I should ask y’all for the same understanding: I’m looking for work again.  I love working where I am now, the absolute freedom, the responsibility for the entire working stack from the OS up to the CSS/JS/HTML deployment layer, but right now this is an underfunded […]

13Oct

Validation!

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, django, personal

Last night at the Django meetup, we also talked about unit testing.  Someone mentioned continuous integration, and we all discussed our favorites.  At one point, the fellow at whose offices we were holding the meeting mentioned that his team used Hudson and pulled up an example on the overhead projector.  I mentioned that Hudson was […]

15Mar

Syllogisms for the web development world.

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, personal

I have this t-shirt.  It reads: “Knowledge is power.  Power corrupts.  Study Hard.  Be Evil.”  Because if we take those two first popular truisms and put them together, we get a very unpopular conclusion. The truisms of our business are “It’s an attention economy, where revenue is driven by how much attention you can get,” […]

Do you have that one thing that you have to constantly look up? In python, to replace elements of a string, there are two operators.  One is a strictly linear search, the other uses regular expressions.  The regexp call to replace part of a string with another string is sub, and the string call to […]

As some of you may have heard, I recently lost my job at Isilon. In that great tradition, I have put up my resume. Have a look, and please comment on the content or presentation of either version: Kenneth M. Sternberg, Senior Web and User Interface Developer and Designer. There’s a copy for printing here.

05May

Introduction.

Posted by Elf Sternberg as personal, site administration

Hi. For those of you who are new to the Elf Sternberg brand, allow me to introduce myself. I’m one of the curmudgeonly old men of the Internet and I started my first blog around 1991 (no, that’s not a typo, you young whippersnapper). Most people know me as a adult science fiction and fantasy […]


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