1. Vending machine controller test platform - 2021 March 06

    Having a specific purpose vending machine test platform can be a hugely beneficial thing for developing products in the vending space. This is a niche product that I could potentially make.


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  2. Legacy networking protocols - 2021 February 26

    There used to be a number of networking protocols created by vendors, many of these aren't used at all anymore.


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  3. What are the markets smoking? - 2021 February 24

    A conversation between some smokers I overheard at a cafe the other day got me thinking about some things. The trade in cigarettes is actually a very interesting window into a number of international trade concepts.


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  4. The calm before the commodities end of month rollover storm - 2021 February 24

    A rather big event is brewing in commodities prices now that we are getting close to the end of the month. Due to recent events this will have a rather large impact on a few things, especially silver prices.


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  5. TIL a precise definition of eurodollars - 2021 January 31

    TIL I realized that I had a misconception about the meaning of the word "eurodollars"


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  6. The pandemic of mindless contactless payments - 2021 January 31

    Against the backdrop of the Covid pandemic we have another pandemic; the pandemic of people who are mindlessly making contactless payments.


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  7. A quick introduction to the mechanism of stock short selling - 2021 January 30

    The last few days have seen another historic short selling squeeze in the markets, this time with the GameStop (NYSE:GME) stock. If you are interested in knowing why the price has moved the way it has it's important to understand how short selling works.


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  8. Knowing when to give up on legacy projects - 2021 January 10

    Sometimes legacy projects are past the point of being salvageable, knowing when to capitulate and go for the re-write is an important skill. Even when you know what to do the sunk cost fallacy can make it hard to follow through on the right decision.


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  9. What are "no code" solutions? - 2021 January 09

    Yet another rebranding maneuver has come up in the automation/RPA space lately. Some vendors and consultants have started calling power user software with GUI's "no code" solutions.


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  10. Dependency management in code files is not great - 2021 January 03

    Managing dependencies via executable code files seems OK but actually turns into a massive pain, here's why.


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