We have an anniversary. In the summer of 2005, the Chief Engineer and I set out to visit every Austrian village whose names started with the letter Z. It was a straight-forward idea given that we lived in a z-village. Our universe of websites contains the virtual equivalent – z-village.net, a German website chronicling the […]Read More Travelling Like Spam Poetry
I have enjoyed Ben Horowitz’ book The Hard Thing About Hard Things. Farnamstreet’s review is perfect so I will not attempt at writing one. I will focus on one idea I found most intriguing. I read Horowitz’ book as an account of dealing with hard decisions in general, about having to decide alone, about personal accountability, […]Read More Social Debt (Tech Professional’s Anecdotes)
Four years ago I tried something new – I took a decision and started communicating it (some half-baked version of it) without having worked out a detailed plan. One year later I started this blog, reflecting on the journey and this decision. So I celebrate the 4 years anniversary with shameless, self-indulgent nostalgia – reblogging […]Read More Anatomy of a Decision (1)
On researching SSL-related hacks, I have stumbled upon the website of notable security researcher Moxie Marlinspike. Marlinspike is also a sailor and working on diverse projects, such as Audio Anarchy – a project for transcribing anarchist books into audio format. On his About page he says: I like computer security and software development, particularly in the […]Read More Career Advice – Borrowing Wise Words from a Sailing Hacker
Usually you make things worse by trying to explain again what you didn’t get across the first time. I do it nonetheless. My post on Zen Capitalism might have been interpreted as advocating Follow Your Bliss and Anything Else Will Follow (Money, in particular). I cringe; this is exactly what I intended to avoid, but […]Read More More Capitalism, Less Zen. Tackling Existential Questions Once More. In Vain?
In this blog and in the comments’ section of other blogs I have repeatedly ridiculed: management consultants, new age-y self help literature and simple-minded soft skills trainers. Let alone all other life-forms in the lower left quadrant of the verbal skills vs. quant skills diagram. Now it is time that I give you a chance […]Read More So-Called Zen Capitalism and Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship
For the very first time I am tackling a serious issue in this blog with all due respect and solemnity. I do announce in public: “I am going to reduce my consumption in coffee.” As we have learned goals should always be defined in a SMART way I should probably add more specifics, but I […]Read More On Addiction: An Announcement