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The command line is awesome.

Seriously — if you have only ever used a mouse to navigate a computer then you are missing out.

Way back in middle school I had a teacher for an anthropology class. One of the lessons from that class that has stuck with me all these years is how amazing and useful the human thumb is.

To illustrate this concept, one day he would have all of the students tape or wrap their thumbs so that they couldn’t use them and then try to complete the school day like that.


How high can you jump?

The answer doesn’t really matter — the whole question is theoretical in any case.

The real question is — when your boss tells you to jump what initial thrust is needed and at what angle to achieve the desired flight path while sailing through the air.

It might also just be the case that your boss doesn’t even want you to jump at all.

Sit down. This isn’t about leaping about all nimbly-bimbly here and there.

What this is about is a discussion about professional development as a software developer.

The jumping metaphor is a…

Before writing any words on this piece, let me state that I am fully aware of how polarizing Fortnite can be.

It may be that the whole premise is flawed. Fortnite is so yesterday. Fortnite is so teenage. Nobody plays it anymore.

So let’s just get it out in the open.

Fortnite is holding gaming on Linux back.

Now with that out of the way, let’s step back and please put your personal vitriol on hold for a second.

This isn’t about Fortnite.

Well, it kind of is because I keep mentioning it. …

I can’t stand cats.

This is because I am allergic and the second reason is that cats are a-holes.

Yes, this is an honest admission that I am a dog person. Having a pet that will love you unconditionally and will get just as excited upon your return no matter if you are out of the room for five minutes or five days is pretty awesome.

Cats, on the other hand, are pretty much 1/2 second away from clawing your face off at any given moment.

It is a good thing that cats are lazy. Their sun-sleep-recharge cycles mean that…

The title is what I get for having kids and living with teenagers — the constant meme-driven noise that pervades every aspect of home life.

The title is a deviation from an older meme about weightlifting that has been co-opted into a simple question about doing things that seem obvious and common. Things that we should all be doing.

This brings us to the topic at hand.


The thought of building and following a process can, unfortunately, have some negative connotations. Processes almost always carry overhead and paperwork. They take time. They can be tedious.

Yet there are processes…

Let me introduce a new concept to talk about today:

Org Readiness

It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Org Readiness is a necessary concept that goes hand-in-hand with Engineering.

While the concept may be more easily understood in the realm of product Engineering, this applies to any Engineering discipline.

While I write mainly regarding Engineering topics and specifically for Engineers, this topic is not directly for this group.

However, indirectly, this is a concept that has a huge bearing on whether the work and effort done by the Engineers has any chance of success within the business.


I Have The Power (Toys)!

He-Man AND Microsoft PowerToys?!? What year is it again?

In the last 45 days what is old has become new again.

He-Man is back along with Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Man-At-Arms, Tr-Klops and the rest of the gang. Kevin Smith is resurrecting this classic Saturday morning cartoon.

For the uninitiated, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a cartoon show made in the 80s and showed on Saturday morning cartoons. The synopsis from wikipedia says it all:

The series takes place on Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. Its lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia’s…

Windows 11 was officially announced on June 24, 2021.

This may also be the day where we have witnessed the beginning of the end of custom PCs.

Hidden in amongst the fanfare and the shiny new features are two seemingly minor footnotes that will have a major impact on anyone not buying a prebuilt, from the factory PC.

These two statements are scary for those of us working, writing, and playing games on homebuilt computers.

They may have a huge impact on how computers will operate in the future.

But how did we get here? We can blame the rise…

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We all dread that moment.

That first blue screen of death. That gentle swelling of a hot battery.

That soul-crushing feeling when your partner in work, your daily driver, the device that is your portal to the world has an issue. Yes, I am referring to your work computer.

It is one thing to get a new work computer when it is planned. That long and arduous process to check all of the nooks and crannies for long-forgotten files and work. The slow migration of apps from one unit to the next.

It is a completely different feeling when frantically…

“The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”

Yes, that famous quote. You might think that you know the author of that statement. Some might like to call out the erudite Albert Einstein as the famous oracle here.

Yet, through various searches and queries, no official record exists of him stating these words.

Go check out the excellent Quote Investigator article about this. No credible link between Einstein and this quote exists.

This brings us to Windows 11.

Windows 11 is here. Windows 11 is awesome.

Windows 11 is…. Windows 10.

I know… insane, right?

Kevin Wanke

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