Saturday, February 07, 2015
Friends who work for the city of Austin echo this sentiment as well - the pay for city employees is lower than the private sector, but the retirement is great - good monthly checks and subsidized health care.
What the government is actually doing is covertly borrowing money from its employees.
Promising hefty retirement benefits for low pay now is bad for because it masks the true cost of the government, so people don't know how terrible the public finances are.
Friday, January 23, 2015
I was a little skeptical that it would be worth our while, but estimating was easier using the tool.
I'd recommend it. We didn't create a story entry for each story, just used the first one and then overlaid a list of stories entered into emacs on the webex screen, everyone discussed the story and we re-voted on the "original" one. The stories will then go into Jira with the estimated effort.
Best of all it's free.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Switching to the parent directory and coming back didn't work. Closing the Finder window and re-opening did not work.
Finally I had to open a terminal and entered "killall Finder". This finally worked.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I've tried setting the Theme (right click on desktop background and select "Personalize") to a HighContrast black. This works to a degree. Microsoft Word acts correctly, but many products do not look at the theme colors to display text.
And I've used Firefox's excellent "Blank Your Monitor" plugin to change websites to a different color theme. The major problem with this is that some commands on a page are drawn in such a way that you don't see them at all.
I've starting using Microsoft's Invert Color program. It's similar to the Mac's invert color (Control-Option-Command-8), but a little clunkier.
To invert the color you have to run the Magnify program by pressing Windows and "+" key, then unmagnify by pressing Windows plus the "-" command (you must release the Windows key in between). Then the real command is Ctl-Alt-i to invert the colors. Then everything is beautiful.
One issue is my favorite background image is reversed colored which looks awful. The solution? Fire up Paint.Net, grab you favorite image and invert its color. Then save it and use it as your background.
You get bonus points if you can identify the picture shown below.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The "All-in-One Gestures" add-in was being too helpful. I disabled that and used FireGestures instead.
Now the Error Console only shows up when I enter Ctl-Shift-J.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Iteration ZeroMy random jumbled notes to jog my memory in the future:
Architecture are the non-reversible decisions like language, platform,
Dependency management that are really hard to redo.
Jeffery Recommended a book, Configuration Management Best Practices , By Aiello and Sachs
Iteration Zero - goal : Developers can get and submit source code, automatically have it built on a CI server, deploy and test Adding features is and assembly line, Iteration Zero is setting up the assembly line.
Version Control System - Git has won.
Choose branching strategy - Git Flow most comprehensive strategy http://www.atlassian.com/git/tutorials/comparing-workflows
GitHub teams does feature branching with auto deployment if it passes tests
Never go home with code only on my machine, checkin to your branch
Do most things in dev, and then push to Release
Atlassian Source Tree - free gui tool for doing branching Jet Brains TeamCity free to 10 or 20 build definitions
How to put together a VS solution?, look at dependencies Dependency Management - Think about how to do dependencies
Iteration Zero from GitHub has the template that Clear Measure uses for starting new projects.
Jeffery recommend people download it and use it to build products.
(clear-measure does lots of projects so it forces them to spend time designing the proper solution layout)
Database upgrades are in the Update directory and applied alphabetically, 0001_VisitorTable, 0002_AddColumn
ScriptFile is a table containing the scripts run on the database
Modern process is now Agile with batch size of 1
Trello current favorite for tracking
Summary: "Getting started well is so, so important."
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I contacted Perforce about the issue and got a very fast response with a work around. If you add a blank file named "p4vstyle.qss" to the directory "c:\program files\perforce\P4VResources", P4V will use the local Windows theme on next startup.
Now my retinas are happy with the cool soothing black background. Thanks Perforce.