Lead by example or don't lead at all

Around 2494 years ago, a battle happened on a narrow coastal pass called Thermopylae. In this battle, 300 Spartans and a thousand more soldiers led by King Leonidas held the pass for three days against an overwhelmingly larger Persian army. They were eventually betrayed and lost. This weakened and delayed…

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Quick Tip: Bluetooth A2DP on Linux Mint 17 Qiana MATE

After deciding that the system resources sucked up by Unity in Ubuntu 14.04 were simply too much, I have recently switched over to Linux Mint in order to find out if MATE is worth it. Overall, it was smooth sailing and even my dotfiles worked almost-seamlessly. However, nothing is…

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The delicate process of creating tools

During my childhood and early teens, I was very into drawing. It really made me tick. I was constantly drawing some character or some stick-figure action comics with my best friend (who went on to become an incredible illustrator). During my teens, music became my passion. I could not stop…

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Don't break the combo

There are many useful mind hacks for when you need to break a nasty habit or build a new one. As a Lifehacker avid reader since my early teens, I have tried them all. For me, though, none can match the sheer simplicity of the... Combo Breaker... avoidance! The method…

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Why the (CoffeeScript) arrow matters

One day at work, someone joked about the "damned ugly CoffeeScript syntax". I asked what annoyed them and they replied with something unusual: the function definition. //JS var double = function (x) { return x * 2; }; //Coffee double = (x) -> x * 2 They said it was hard to understand at first…

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The open source responsibility: why we write better code when it's out there

We feel comfortable failing ourselves. You can fix it later. This is good enough for now. However, it's quite different if others might use your code. You'll feel guilty if you crash their service for a stupid mistake. You'll feel sloppy if they see that ugly workaround. You'll feel dumb…

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