WTF happened

Published: 11/30/2023

I was saving my last post, the one about ChatGPT saving my butt and something weird happened. I acceidentally pressed a bunch of keys including the period “.”, and it launched a browser version of VS code. …. I’m like WTF Github. Anyways it even changed my url to Github.dev instead of .com. Well, read the Docs. Because this a legit Github feature. Pretty neat and totally unexpected. Apparently this window allows you to edit code, install extensions and more. This is so cool and totally unexpected!

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Using Chatgpt to write SQL

Published: 11/30/2023

Stack Overflow sucks. The code is sometimes helpful, many times its not, many times it’s plain wrong. GitHub Copilt and ChatGPT are excellent tools and are really useful for getting a really fast, specific answer that you can easily ask clarifying questions. I love using it to write complicated things.

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Iterating on a business idea

Published: 10/20/2023

I’m a man of many, many, many ideas. I have a long list and a variety of interests. I’ve always wanted to start and more importantly run a successful small business. To build a product, get it to market and run with it. I’ve been apart of a few consultancy companies and a few unsuccessful start ups.

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Conversations with an AI: Part 1

Published: 09/12/2023

I might be crazy, but I find that I talk to my computer and they talk back, yes they. I talk to multiple models (I hope my wife isn’t jealous), not those kinds of models, but language models. My two favorite companions are Chat GPT 3.5 and Claude 2. I’m getting a local copy of LLama 2, so we’ll see how that goes. But since I’m talking to the voices in my computer and not just the voices in my head (joking, eh? Perhaps? Perhaps not?), I thought I’d share what they have to say. The computer voices.

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Adventures in startups

Published: 09/06/2023

As many of you readers my know, mostly are friends and family, I recently had spent the last 6 months working on a technology AI startup. Today I’m going to share with you the good, bad and ugly; then what I would do going forward.

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A programmers approach to building a sprinkler system

Published: 08/23/2023

Back in April of 2022 we moved into a new house, giant house, mcmansion really (3400 sq ft across 2 levels). The lot is really massive, probably atleast 10-15,000 sq ft. Both the front and backyards lacked an automatic irrigation system not to mention the landscaping consisted of mostly weeds. Being cheap and very lazy, I set out to do my best to automate systems to care for my massive yard without the hassle of hiring a contractor and having them build a crappy system.

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thoughts on the golden rule

Published: 03/27/2023

As an avid reader with ADHD, I find paper books difficult to read due to my mind wandering. Therefore, audio books are the best option for me. Recently, while listening to a science fiction novel about post-humanity after a nuclear war, I came across a fascinating debate. The characters were debating whether the “administrator” of the system was truly a god. During this discussion, I picked up on something interesting about the three different rules: the iron rule, the silver rule, and the golden rule. Although I am not sure about their origin, I thought it would be worth sharing them here.

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A quick look at data tables and Material UI

Published: 03/15/2023

A couple weeks ago I set-out to build a prototype for some friends of their web application ideas. They already had a design built partially in Material UI. In the past I’ve found most CSS frameworks and libraries to be a colossal pain, but after poking around I decided that MUI is a pretty awesome tool that I get to work with. It has led me to believe that if you’re building a component library for your own needs, you’re wasting time and the companies time (unless you want to do it for fun).

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The FDIC should bailout the SVB

Published: 03/11/2023

Y-Combinator, a leading US private equity investment firm, is asking people (CEOs/Founders) to sign a petition to lobby the FDIC into backing the depositors of the SVB bank to ensure that they can access more then the $250,000 FDIC limit on deposit insurance.

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Writers block

Published: 03/10/2023

I should be doing something other then writing a blog post, I could be doing anything but I want to say something. The trouble is I don’t know what to say. Over the last year I’ve started but not finished over a half a dozen blog posts. I’ve lost the desire to complete the posts and get it out. So, I’m going to break that spell today. I will publish this post, even if its a crappy post.

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Tech Interviews are actually a hazing experiment

Published: 02/17/2022

Interviewing for a technical role is often a hazing experiment disguised as valid criteria to select a candidate rather then actual, effective process for hiring said engineer. Take a service like Karat, their entire premise is to help you find quality, candidates and engineers. The trouble with a service like that, is the interview focuses on algorithmic problems and solutions.

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Wordle Exposed

Published: 02/16/2022

Today, I was teaching my highschool computer class. (I volunteer teach a Wednesday CS class) I wanted to build a Wordle solver so we took a JSON file containing all words in the English language, filtering all 5 letter words out of the file then using it to figure out suggestions for today’s Wordle based on letters included, excluded and positions. We got lost, some highschoolers couldn’t download files.. It was a hot mess. But it was a neat idea. Finally one kid was like, are the words in the JS file? We dug through the source code and found all the Wordle words.

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Building for the future

Published: 02/15/2022

In my early days of professional programming, I had an internship at my university’s rec center. I was a web developer and I was tasked with building an employee certification tracking system. New to the idea of reusability and building for the future I was pretty nervous and did not understand what the implications where to implementing 15 column table, 3 columns for each certification. The certification then mapped into the UI and each field was manually generated. I stored the date certified, date expires and some other meta data in the 3rd column.

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AG-Grid and React Hooks

Published: 02/10/2022

A coworker of mine is trying to integrate his UI code with my GraphQL Resolver code. What he wanted to do was on each button push make a call to the backend, to add a row item to a list. The trouble with this approach is that this is a CRUD type API call. It’s a wizard that collects a bunch of required attributes up front than at the end calls an API to create the record with all required attributes.

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On teaching others

Published: 02/09/2022

It’s Wednesday afternoon in sunny Golden, Colorado. Presently a high of 50 degrees with a light wind from a westerly heading. As I sit in my wife’s office, I relax at the sound of children screaming, pianos being played poorly and most of all, an ever present fear of the virus; the covid 19 virus coming from the cesspool that is a public school.

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Why I wanted to be a developer

Published: 02/08/2022

I started programming when I was 13 years old. I stole my brothers HTML and Javascript book and built some simple web forms. I had no idea that a backend was needed or even what a backend was. I just knew I had some gray buttons on the screen and it did things. I went on to play with some web forum software, launching my own unsuccessful internet forum.

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Ethical Programming

Published: 01/30/2022

I type this from my cushy home office, both dogs are in the office with me sleeping off their bunny chasing induced haze. Seriously, I have a damn good life. I get to work the hours I want (mostly) from an office where I have literally no coworkers or bosses shoulder surfing. It’s great, I love it.

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Functional Programming: tap

Published: 01/03/2022

Happy 2022! Life is new, it’s a new year and I’ve started a new job… ish. More on that here. I’ve been at my current job for nearly 4 years all as an happy independent contractor! Well, after a tremendously hard year personally, I’m back at it. I’ve dropped the security assessor role and moved back into full time development role. Luke is now 2 and a half and growing like a weed. We’re hunting for a new house and have put in several offers. Hoping this one is the house we get.

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