I’d like to introduce my latest personal project – See Stockholm. This is a photo blog of my life here in Stockholm, Sweden and is a photography project I’ve wanted to do for a while now.
The idea for this site was inspired by my friend’s David duChemin and Dave Delnea‘s mantra of ‘create things & share it’. Dave Powell’s photo blog has also been an inspiration to share my photographs more publicly.
Now that I’m settled in Stockholm, I’m hoping to be able to also start posting to Endlessly Curious again. And I’ll be posting my photographs to Shoot Stockholm on a regular basis.
The five iPhone applications I use every day:
An excellant Google Reader client, perfect for reading the news during the commute to work.
For sync free podcast listening its hard to beat Instacast, I wish I’d found it sooner!
Apple should just buy this app to replace the built in camera application, its that good.
So much better than the official twitter client it isn’t funny!
- Analytics Pro
The best Google Analytics client I’ve found so far, very handy for checking up on your sites on the go!
Some pages I’ve found interesting recently:
- Online Python Exercises
A good summary of some of the Python exercises available online. If this interests you also check out my ‘Getting started with Python’ post.
- The New Apple Advantage
An insightful piece on Apples successful strategy of offering minimal configuration options for its phones, tablets and computers as a way to simplify the buying process and improve revenue.
- Developing Razor Sharp Focus
Worth it alone for the very useful mind map. I like his focus on creating rituals, managing email distractions and taking time to reflect and review.
- Why I Go Home: A Developer Dad’s Manifesto
A very good post on work-life balance for software developers. I especially liked the following observation: ‘If you screw up at your job you can always get another one, but if you screw up your family, especially your relationship with your children, it will stay with you and stay screwed up forever‘ so many people seem to fail to realise that jobs are temporary but family is forever..
- XKCD: File Transfer (Comic)
Just why is transferring files still so awkward in this day and age?
This weeks intersting links:
This week’s interesting links:
- 20 percent time spent coding in the clouds.
An interesting post by a Google engineering director about how he recently used his twenty percent time developing his first App Engine application on a long haul flight to Japan.
- Do or do not.
The author has an interesting take on not using asserts in favour of using unit tests instead. Reflecting on this I find asserts and unit tests essential for C++ projects however for projects in Python I tend to just use unit testing.
- How not to get things done.
This ironic post makes a case against those engineers with a knack for ‘getting things done’ usually at any price (e.g. gratuitous hacking) can be dangerous to the project. All engineers require leadership on code quality, testing and maintenance not just those who get things done.
- A Hundred Machines for Only Ten Dollars an Hour.
An interesting presentation on just how the Amazon cloud makes massive parallel data processing using Hadoop very cheap: $100 in this case. There is also a warning as the author ends up spending $3000 in legal fees convincing FaceBook that he didn’t do anything wrong with his $100 of data processing!
- How to polish a turd.
A post about the process of developing and evolving a game concept from conception to shipping. I have had the opposite experience from the author with publishers being the main source of change requests.
- Are gas prices really that high?
As a European living in Canada it is easy to appreciate just how much cheap fuel is here. This graph maps out petrol prices for the whole world relative to the US prices which are even lower than Canada’s prices.
- Time Management (Comic).
An amusing take on time management blog posts.