Peter Harkins

Finding Value in Bogosity


~10 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


~10 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


~10 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


~10 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


~10 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


~10 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


~10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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...