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Thrush

I had a slow start this morning - there was a commitment at 10:15 and then I had connectivity issues that were solved (of course) by restarting my computer.

But despite that I plowed through a good number of pulls - including one that will persist several user actions. For non-techies, persistence is when a change you make in your browser is saved to the server. Think of those times when using something like Google Calendar when you’ve created an event, but when you try to go to another page it warns you that it’s still saving changes. Even though the change appears to have been made, unless it is persisted to the server, it’s not really done.

Still waiting on getting virtual machines (VMs) to test IE.

Oh - and I built in a few more shortcuts for myself. Today I added in creating a function to make branches for pull requests:


// .bash_profile
// gcp stands for "git checkout pull"
gcp() {
    git checkout -b $1 pull/origin/$1
}



Here’s a useful StackExchange answer that explains this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7131670/make-bash-alias-that-takes-parameter

Happy Shortcutting!

Thrush

I had a slow start this morning - there was a commitment at 10:15 and then I had connectivity issues that were solved (of course) by restarting my computer.

But despite that I plowed through a good number of pulls - including one that will persist several user actions. For non-techies, persistence is when a change you make in your browser is saved to the server. Think of those times when using something like Google Calendar when you’ve created an event, but when you try to go to another page it warns you that it’s still saving changes. Even though the change appears to have been made, unless it is persisted to the server, it’s not really done.

Still waiting on getting virtual machines (VMs) to test IE.

Oh - and I built in a few more shortcuts for myself. Today I added in creating a function to make branches for pull requests:


// .bash_profile
// gcp stands for "git checkout pull"
gcp() {
    git checkout -b $1 pull/origin/$1
}

Here’s a useful StackExchange answer that explains this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7131670/make-bash-alias-that-takes-parameter

Happy Shortcutting!

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Earth Day 2014

This morning started with some quick polishing of the app for a presentation to some Times bigwigs. After that came a quick check to find what parts of the app were loading slowly; most pages were taking over a second, and when it comes to websites, milliseconds literally can determine whether someone will stick around.

I gingerly dipped my toe back into git push -f today after rebasing an old and neglected branch. Thankfully I had learned my lesson from before and set git config push.default to current. Looks like I didn’t overwrite the master branch this time!

Other than that, I checked on some more pull requests and am in the process of getting virtual machines setup so I can do IE testing with modern.ie.

That’s it for now y’all. Go out and show some love for the planet you got!

(Source: Spotify)

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Paasvuur (Easter fire)

Refocused today on checking on Pull Requests and testing Internet Explorer.

Also spent some time working on a Windows Surface Tablet. Seems like they have a good thing going over there. I’m not a fan of the on-screen keyboard, but it is fresh. I was a little bummed to see there’s still an ugly icon that says “My PC” or something like that which leads to a screen that looks like the old Windows start menu.

Given that I’m hooked into the iOS ecosystem, buying one wouldn’t make sense. Especially when for the same price, I could just get an iPad or Kindle Fire. But not a bad attempt.

Paasvuur (Easter fire)

Refocused today on checking on Pull Requests and testing Internet Explorer.

Also spent some time working on a Windows Surface Tablet. Seems like they have a good thing going over there. I’m not a fan of the on-screen keyboard, but it is fresh. I was a little bummed to see there’s still an ugly icon that says “My PC” or something like that which leads to a screen that looks like the old Windows start menu.

Given that I’m hooked into the iOS ecosystem, buying one wouldn’t make sense. Especially when for the same price, I could just get an iPad or Kindle Fire. But not a bad attempt.

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Good Friday

So I had the fun of setting up two iPads today - thankfully that offset the pain of testing the app on IE 10. Ugh.

In happier news we had demos today and the app has a gorgeous header and footer. I also got the cooking app up and running on the two iPads, so it may be time for some home testing soon ;)

I still need to add in some special data for backend testing, and get some time to figure out smoke testing for iOS. It does feel nice to have plenty of work to do.

See you on the flip side of Easter!

Good Friday

So I had the fun of setting up two iPads today - thankfully that offset the pain of testing the app on IE 10. Ugh.

In happier news we had demos today and the app has a gorgeous header and footer. I also got the cooking app up and running on the two iPads, so it may be time for some home testing soon ;)

I still need to add in some special data for backend testing, and get some time to figure out smoke testing for iOS. It does feel nice to have plenty of work to do.

See you on the flip side of Easter!

(Source: en.academic.ru, via allaboutmary)

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During lunch break today I had the opportunity to hear from Andrea and Ruth, the reporter and photographer who covered this story. Near the end of the session, someone asked what would happen to Dasani, and if her life was any better now. The answer was not really, and even with the trust fund put in place it wasn’t clear that she wouldn’t be swallowed up by the forces that created such a difficult childhood in the first place.

It’s hard to hear that. It’s hard to confront. But I think that’s part of what it means to live in Gotham - a city with a yawning gulf of inequality. What about the kids? With adults, there’s all sorts of debates about responsibility, systems, etc. But kids? What hope can we offer them?

I should make it clear right now that I haven’t read the articles yet. I’m hoping to do that tonight. Maybe I’ll have some more answers tomorrow. I doubt it.


I had to get a tutorial in how to update the “Resolution” field on a JIRA ticket today. I couldn’t change it inline on the ticket itself, but upon clicking “Close” there is an option to select the right resolution from a drop-down menu.

And for those of you who think this job is all free food and perks, I want you to know I have the burden of getting a couple of new iPads (3rd on the way) and will have to suffer through setting them up and using them. No idea how I’m going to survive this gig.

Happy Maundy Thursday amigos!