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  1. The USA presidential election process - 2020 November 17

    In the last few weeks I've noticed that a lot of people have a incomplete understanding of the process that selects the president of the United States of America.


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  2. This site now has a sitemap.xml file - 2020 November 15

    I just added a sitemap.xml file to this site. If you are interested in finding out why you might want to do this have a read.


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  3. Solar panels and car sales, a financialization story - 2020 November 12

    Solar panels and car sales increasingly have something in common beyond Elon Musk being good at selling both of them. Increasingly I see a situation whereby people don't want you to pay cash for them.


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  4. Please stop making arbitrary password restrictions - 2020 November 08

    Making arbitrary length limits on passwords is not good for your users and makes the overall internet less secure. If you do this please stop and fix your systems, if you see other people do it please encourage them to fix it. Also when you see poorly implemented password policies it is often a sign of deeper troubles existing.


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  5. 2020 USA election - 2020 November 04

    I think this will be close.


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  6. Slack capacity and food supply chains - 2020 November 02

    Wasting some food is an important part of avoiding famines. There's an optimal amount of food that we have to waste in order to avoid the worst impacts of famines.


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  7. Good developers care about their tools - 2020 October 15

    Good tools are important and organizations that shut down progress on this front don't succeed longer term.


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  8. The story of Lasseters reef - 2020 October 09

    A family member shared me a link to the fascinating story of Lasseter's Reef with a request for some help with navigating the website. It turns out that the website didn't have the story links ordered chronologically and they asked me for some help to sort this out. This is a perfect example of where using some web scraping along with programming can deliver value so that's exactly what I did, I wrote a short script to create some easier to navigate links to this great story.


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  9. Making the post date more obvious - 2020 October 07

    I find it annoying when I look at other blog archives and only see a list of posts without the dates. I noticed I was doing this myself courtesy of a comment from a reader so I decided to improve this


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