I don’t know why everything needs to be subtly non-standard, but over the course of the last twenty or so virtual machine reconstructions I’ve come up with a simple checklist for setting up a Debian guest on VMWare’s WorkStation (Windows) and I thought I’d share it here.

  1. Download your…

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The people involved in coming up with the dpkg scheme for installing / upgrading / downgrading / removing packages are very clever. …

Two disconnected computers
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On the 30th of September 2021, a heavily-used root certificate — DST Root CA X3 — expired. You can read all about it here.

According to a handful of forum posts and github issues I’ve come across, the change has caused a fair amount of pain to those unfortunates who…

Or, How I’m Continuing to use Google’s Products Without A Sense of Existential Dread

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My First Brush With Account Recovery Tyranny

Just over five years ago, my wife and I decided to leave Canada for South Africa, and with all the madness of the migration (after six months of being new parents with no support, we left in a big rush to be close to our family) it never occurred to…

This is an industry in which anger and condescension over techniques and knowledge disparities can be safely ignored as the responses of immature people whose opinions will become less and less relevant as time goes on.

I've been a software developer for over two decades, and I'm thrilled to see…

(For Fun and Profit)

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“In for a penny, in for a pound” — that’s our team’s current approach regarding Atlassian’s products. As part of our efforts to code as much of our infrastructure as possible, we’ve recently begun migrating old build plans to Bamboo Specs and, as…

And How They Tell Me They’re Performing As Intended

Image taken from a sample page of Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Something magical happened on the evening of the 28th of January, 2012, just shy of four centuries after the Bard’s body had been buried. I brushed dust off some old words with my fingertips, I breathed out their spells as I read, and a real-life Djinn popped out.

Standing Over A Grave

I was…

Your article reminded me of Dan Price, who proved that if you pay your employees enough to render them financially empowered and treat them like actual human beings, you can buy real productivity.


A pity the media firestorm blew itself out, this "experiment" deserves a lot more attention - now more than ever.

Why “Modern Standby” mode has been keeping me (and many others) awake at night

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Note to the reader: while this article is primarily focused on Windows, its lessons may apply to Linux as well. Macs don’t seem to have this problem, however, as Apple appears to have implemented Modern Standby fairly well on both a hardware and software level.

The Problem

After many years of abuse…

I've been contracting for most of the past five years (I'm a software engineer), and since my first contract gig I've been wondering why working salaried is the norm. I may have to take care of my own "benefits", but the hourly rate is better, includes 100% control over my schedule and I get a pass on all the "face time" nonsense that adds no value because management prefers real productivity when they're being billed at an hourly rate.

The biggest bonuses? I get to be a present dad when I need to be. And I don't "belong" to anyone, so I can pick up other work or spend hours on my own projects as I see fit. I think everyone should operate this way, and the more of us who switch, the less power these throwbacks to the 20th century will have.

Adam Fisher / fisher king (@therightstuff)

Software developer and writer of words, see http://therightstuff.bio.link for more details.

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