Peter Harkins

Caching Dictionaries in Python vs. Ruby


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
A while ago I made a slightly-underinformed post (see the corrections in the comments) trying to draw a difference between Python and Ruby. I’ve finally...

Pipe Viewer


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Today I found a really nice program for long-running console commands: pv, aka “Pipe Viewer”. If you’ve ever strung together a long command with pipes...

Finally, Sweet Success


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
The sun has come out from behind the clouds, and the world is beautiful again. Now birds sing in the trees and now animals frolic in the long grass. The...

Business of Software 2008


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
The Business of Software 2008 conference was just announced, and the speakers lineup is very nearly a dream team in the world of small software/web businesses...

Functional Package Management


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I just read a great paper about NixOS, a Linux distribution with a “purely functional” package manager. I’ve been thinking about the parallels between...

Turning Wordpress Categories Into Tags


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I recently updated this Wordpress install from 2.2.something to 2.5 and noticed that it now supports tags instead of just categories. I had been using categories...

StackOverflow Sounds Pragmatically Postmodern


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
James Noble and Robert Biddle wrote Notes on Postmodern Programming in 2002, and I was reminded of it Wednesday. In section 13 they describe “A First...

Improvement and the Hawthorne Effect


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
37Signals decided to experiment with a 4-day work week and announced last week that it had been success in improving productivity and employee satisfaction...

Nau.com


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I’ve had my eye on the outdoor clothier Nau for a few months. I’d heard about them because they sell eco-friendly clothes designed for longetivity ...

Free Shipping From Amazon Merchants


over 10 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I read a post today about a guy who bought a camera from an Amazon Merchant and left negative feedback after it was shipped poorly (via BoingBoing). They...