Posted by: Frank | January 18, 2020

Frank blogged on January 18, 2020 at 05:35PM

I told Google Home to remind me to do something in twenty minutes. Twenty minutes pass and I get a notification “ding”, so I ask Google what is my reminder. I have a couple of recurring reminders and its is really annoying that Google Home (or rather Assistant on Home) is not smart enough to know which reminder is the trigger for the notification. When I ask Google for my reminder it begins to read me all the reminders for the day when I only want to know the most recent one. Do Googlers even use this stuff?

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Posted by: Frank | January 18, 2020

Frank blogged on January 18, 2020 at 02:55PM

This morning when I attempted to access my primary instance of River5 I observed an ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED message. This instance is hosted on Google Cloud and River5 has been running non-stop for over two years. It looks like there is a bug in urlfeed.toLowerCase() that causes a TypeError: Cannot read property ‘toLowerCase’ of undefined.

The interesting thing is that same error occurred on a second instance of River5 that is running a newer version of the code. I’ve restarted both instances, really no harm, no foul.

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Posted by: Frank | January 18, 2020

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We got the second significant snow fall of the year overnight. Right now it is good snowball and heart attack snow.

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Posted by: Frank | January 18, 2020

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If you want to host a web application or service on a home network, make it accessible from the Internet, but not create a DMZ or enable port forwarding on your home router, you can use GitHub – inlets/inlets: Reverse proxy and service tunnel written in Go. Instructions for how to use a Raspberry Pi as the Internet gateway are in Build a 10 USD Raspberry Pi Tunnel Gateway.

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Posted by: Frank | January 13, 2020

Frank blogged on January 13, 2020 at 09:19PM

Netflix doesn’t hire the best engineers. They create them.

I hired in to a company that believed this and had the culture to back it. Over time as leaders left and MBAs took over creating the best engineers was deemed too expensive and with that the culture deteriorated to the point where today it is worse than non existent. Corporate America lots of managers making lots of money running corporations and very few true leaders.

For me the money quote is:

When speaking to engineer leaders we bring up the story about the Netflix engineer above. We do this to emphasize the importance of the environment they are creating. “Creating,” being the operative word here. Environments don’t just happen, they are created through action.

Action… not talk.

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