Peter Harkins

Finding Value in Bogosity


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I found this post on design constraints to be great food for thought. The restrictions look like they’ll make for great exercises that I wouldn’t have...

Picking a Username


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I used the handle malaprop as my username on sites when I started doing stuff on the web, and it worked decently. Short, memorable, and almost always available...

Getting Git


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I’ve been curious about git for a few weeks. I’ve heard friends recommend it, a lot of big projects (Linux kernel, Xorg, Rails) have switched to it...

Harkins’s Law of Enterprise Software


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Bram’s Law cleverly explains why a lot of common software sucks. I was just chatting in #startups and coined my own law to lay alongside it. I think I...

Important News Regarding Netflix Payment


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
I got an odd email this morning from Netflix about how they’ve decided to reduce their service. I called their support line and they refused to elaborate...

Not A Good Day for Ruby


~9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
*** glibc detected *** /usr/bin/ruby: double free or corruption (out): 0×299b2b08 *** ======= Backtrace: ========= /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0xb7d40d65...

WWW Will Never Die


almost 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
ICANN is moving steadily to enact a fast-track process for gTLD creation (where “fast” here means “months instead of years”), so there could be...

Moving is Rewriting


almost 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
As I’m pulling my life back out of a hundred cardboard boxes and settling into a new place, I recognize a kinship between moving and rewriting code. You...

SEO Hates Science


almost 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Over at Hacker News somone posted a (fairly misogynist) fairy tale in which the owners of a small website destroy the traffic bestowed on them through the...

Rails URL Params as Types


almost 9 years ago by Peter Harkins on Push cx.
Yesterday I (belatedly) took my friend Nola Stowe’s advice and picked up a book she tech-reviewed, The Rails Way by Obie Fernandez. It’s been a great...