… and you never really recover. Not fully.

In June of 2014 I had a knee replacement. I’d originally injured it during a 1992 white water rafting “incident” and I’d been limping along on it since then, often literally. I didn’t let it hold me back from a lot of things in life, but over the years it got worse and worse, and I had a number of small surgeries to try to correct what they could. They couldn’t. It was a total loss, in time.

My actual knee

Getting it replaced was awesome. Best self care decision I think I’d made up…

This statement makes no sense. "They", by definition, can not be a monopoly, especially when "they" (plural) have fundamentally nothing in common and are direct competitors. They were early to market and found successes, and Microsoft's phone entry was very, very late to market.

This isn't me bashing; I had a windows phone - well, my daughter did - and I kind of loved it. I started looking really hard at writing for Windows Phone, but alas, the market share never picked up, so I stayed where I was, doing what I was. Apple and the various and sundry Android…

I’ve seen a lot of very pointed, very opinionated pieces on the whole M1 line of computers of late, and — in my very centrist, very personal opinion — a huge bunch of them are missing what I consider the most important part.

Shamelessly yanked from MacWorld.com — thanks guys!

Lots of people are suggesting you pass on the iMac 24" M1 computer for reasons varying from “That’s not the screen you want” to “Just wait and see what’s next.”

Ah yes… the Next Big Thing.

Let’s knock that one off the list straight away: when you buy a computer, you’re always — always — going to…

You mean other than the form factor, which is a HUGE deciding factor to a lot of non-tech-enthusiasts who just want a new computer...?

Things are - FINALLY - as they should have always been; form factor should simply be a choice, and not a result of wanting a given performance level or performance-at-price level. Example: the iMac 21" and the iMac 27" have almost zero equity in performance and features at any price/spec level. That's stupid. What if I want an i9 with 128gb RAM and 2TB SSD, but I *want* a 21" screen and not the 27" screen.

The entire M1 line thus far equalizes performance, and leaves it to the user to pick their price point and form factor.

THAT is retail/user-friendly design.


Sit down; it’s possible you’re about to be called an idiot and I want you to actually know why. Hopefully you’re not “that guy”.

A published API is a contract with the community that they can count on.
A published API is a contract with the community that they can count on.
A published API is a contract with the community that they can count on.

“What?” Yeah, it seems a lot of people in the open source community are scratching their heads and asking, “What? What do you mean?” (I know because one developer actually asked me, “What? …

Fooled ya. It’s just a still shot.

But that’s a real cat’s ass and that’s really me, so… INTERNET FAME!

Mostly I’m just writing this to take a quick moment to a-little-bit-make-fun-of the way that every YouTube video seems to look now. There’s always a funny-faced reaction shot, always something being pointed at, and always some funny caption.

I guess that’s just the way of the world, now. Lure you in with next-level not-boring-ness and tell a story around the picture, screen shot, or thumbnail du jour. I’m not even saying it’s bad; it’s just sooooooo overused these days.


Better, as a concept, is usually only seen as the top of the pyramid, tip of the iceberg, point of the needle, etc. Whatever metaphor you throw at it, most people latch on to one or two very specific things, and if those conditions are met, the thing is considered better, and usually in a pretty narrow context.

This isn’t bad, per se; it’s just how we’re conditioned. But it‘s almost always incorrect. Cars that are more expensive are considered to be better, and most people would quietly attach ‘always’ in there somewhere. What about repair and maintenance costs? What…

Damn, if I’m not pretty quick and efficient on it, after being away from it for almost a year.

If you’ve read any of my previous… ahem… musings on Flutter, you might be aware that I generally think of it as yet another abandonware-pending system that will be crushed under its own weight, set afloat by Google and forgotten like everything else they do that isn’t tied directly to ad revenue. IMO, it’s just a matter of time before the rudderless open source community, and the corporate ADHD of Google conspire to bury Flutter under the sands of time and apathy because there’s no singular, driving focus around it. It’s kind of sad, really.

To be clear, I really…

Ah yes. The Trump charges... won't this be fun for New York, and the USA, amirite?

The problem is, there's no winning with Trump, and we all need to be able to say "Yeah, that's fine..." when we are the ones in the bullseye of his fanatical followers' ire.

If he's jailed, it'll just be "a corrupted librul" system.

If he's let off, it'll just be "see? y'all had nuthin!"

If he's not charged, it'll just be "y'all cayn't touch him cuz god made heem great!"

If he dies of natural causes, it'll just be "da good lord dun called…

Hey, authors… stop being a dick.

When you’re on a… pardon the pun… medium like Medium, there’s a certain gravitas that comes along with your words. Even if you didn’t earn it. When people come to a notable, recognizable source of information, they expect that what they read — even when they know better — will have a basis in fact and reality.

When you write a “Don’t do this thing you’re probably doing” type of article, the very first thing you’re doing is telling the reader, “Hey, you’re kind of stupid for doing that thing.” …

Chris Hornberger

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