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Steve Yegge is shooting videos about working at big tech companies. Nerds of a certain age may fondly remember Steve Y's blog rants (and, more recently, Medium rants), in which he wrote about working at big tech companies. In these videos, as before, he's often right, sometimes wrong, but either way darned cool because he'll take the time to talk about this stuff.

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Holy moly. PC/GEOS, that OS I was documenting as my first "real job" out of school, is still kicking around… and its owners open-sourced it. Behold the news and the github repo. Thanks to Morg...

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"Incrediby Excited" Startups are risky; I got laid off from Token.io this morning. I'm not in a rush to find my next job (but if you're about to tell me something that would change my mind, then by all means go ahead)....

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Book Report: Orbiting the Giant Hairball In theory, this is a book of anecdotes about a creative person surviving/thriving in the bureaucracy of the Hallmark company. Mostly it seemed like anecdotes from someone overly anxious about authori...

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Book Report: Progress Principle This book's cover is misleading; the book is good, but I almost returned it to the library without bothering to read it. The cover shows a Post-It attached by a thumbtack, which seems like the resul...

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GEOS-SC vs SC-GEOS If you worked at Geoworks, you might remember that one of our products was GEOS-SC, an operating system for early-days smartphones. And you might remember that in Japan, the GEOS trademark was held ...

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The Sawzall programming language has been replaced by Go? That means some documentation I worked on back in the day has gone obsolete. The fate of a software technical writer: Here tells the truth on...

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Book Report: Give and Take This book makes the case that you can behave nicely and still get ahead in business. Is this surprising? Does this need saying? Maybe; the author says that many folks don't think they can give others...

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Link: Double Fine Adventure! I've been watching this serial documentary about how a computer game got made. It distills the thrill and the angst of game development. I've mentioned it before, but back then to see the videos, you...

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Book Report: Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies It's like a pattern language for software development organizations. This isn't a design pattern language; it's more of a catalog of emergent patterns. You will encounter these situations as you make...

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Book Report: The Hard Thing About Hard Things Real-life Tech CEO worst case scenarios from Ben Horowitz. What to do when there's no clever fix for the company's problems. Choosing the least-bad of awful choices. Layoffs. Failures. Perhaps this b...

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It wasn't the BUILD Dictionary Correction. I said that Bazel's BUILD Encyclopedia used to be the BUILD Dictionary. A Googler gently corrected me: But in fact, it was the encyclopedia back then as well. : ) I apologize for the ...

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Book Report: Creatvity, Inc. It's a book about risk-taking at Pixar. If you're creating new things, you're taking risks: some of those new things won't work right. They almost certainly won't work right on the first try; you'll ...

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Book Report: Managing people across cultures This book tells Human Resources folks how to take company culture into account when setting company policy for, e.g., performance reviews. That is: there's no one-size-fits-all policy that makes sens...

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"Incredibly Excited" Today was my last day at Twitter. I even took a traditional Twitter turning-in-my-laptop-and-badge photo: I think this is a first for me: Quitting one job without the next job lined up. My upcomin...

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That "Moon" movie was "a Liberty Films production in association with Xingu". Trying to remember if I ever worked on a phone OS software project with code names Liberty and Xingu. Or if that was two...

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Book Report: Hatching Twitter (Have I mentioned lately that I don't speak for my employer? This would be a good time to mention that. I read this book about Twitter's history. It tells a fairly sad story. Sad enough such that I f...

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Book Report: Things a Little Bird Told Me It's an autobiography by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, co-founder of Jelly. At the start, it talks about crazy risks he took. Some of which, in hindsight, still seem pretty risky… Some of ...

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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Arlequin Cafe in San Francisco's Hayes Valley Some scribbled notes about GCing at #terngame14, a.k.a., Twitter's internal puzzlehunt. ...

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Are you a Seattle-area computer programmer? Do I know you? Do you not work for Google, for which I'm still in the no-poaching time-frame? Would you like to be hounded by yet more recruiters, as long ...

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