Week 245

The week of May 16, 2016 – May 22, 2016

Still in a slump, but otherwise all good…

Monday: Back to gym for the first time in a week and a half. Body corporate work. Evening spent watching YouTube. I’m in a bad slump as far as part time programming goes.

Tuesday: Finally got around to some yearly admin like reviewing my car insurance and retirement planning.

Gmail spam checking all of a sudden is getting many false positives. What’s that all about?

Wednesday: A pretty good day. Wrote some code in a way that satisfies me. Gym: personal trainer session. Then attended a CLUG talk for the first time in what must be years. An interesting topic of the MIT App Inventor.

Thursday: Body corporate work, sushi takeaway. Installed updates for two Android phones, one Windows laptop, one Ubuntu desktop. Charged up the two phones and the laptop. Inbox zero.

Friday: Revisited the PCL tutorials. Grocery shopping, YouTube’ed the evening away.

Saturday: 9 hour sleep. Some unsuccessful furniture shopping. Julia and I set out for a walk up Trappieskop in Fish Hoek. We turned around when I saw some dodgy looking faces watching me from some bushes. I consider this safely missing getting mugged. I had heard the Moonlight Mass cycle ride was back, so I attended. However it no longer has a police escort so it got too spread out with none of the community spirit it used to have. Big disappointment. Beer at Rascals.

Sunday: Another 9 hour sleep. Lazy morning, lunch with mom at La Perla. Good food, (kingklip and tiramasu), worth the expense. Gym. Finished reading Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg.
Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent SoftwareDreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An informative broad overview of software development in general, and using the Chandler software project as a continually running specific example. What I liked most about it is how the author presented the various obtuse and abstract concepts in a non-technical and very accessible way. I also appreciated the intelligent and unbiased approach the author takes on the always contentious subject of the title of software engineer. Good reading for a non-programmer or junior programmer to gain insight into the field.

My work week was divided as follows: 60% bug fixing, 40% testing.

Podcasts listened to this week: WoodTalk 309, Software Engineering Radio 257, Making It 71, PitPass: Spain

About Alasdair

Capetonian, software developer, land surveyor.
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