Entries tagged with "tech"

Code as Poetry

I’m not a good programmer. I’ve written enough code, shipped enough projects, to know there are some things I will forever struggle with. Balancing a tree, calculating Big O (old Uni knowledge long since lost), even working out bitmasks is now something I just use a tool to work out.

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DIY Analytics

I did something stupid. Off the back of my last post about looking for something for analytics, I ended up making a system myself. I don’t know why. It’s certainly never going to be as good as one off the shelf, but I did it anyway.

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Analytics in 2024

I hate tracking. Well, that’s not quite right. I hate big corporate systems tracking me across a dozen different walled-gardens purely so they can shove some crap down my throat. What I do like is been able to see that people in Canada really like my site, or that the last story I wrote had more than 2 visits (thanks mum).

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Data Prisons

I’m slowly pulling data into the new HybridLogic. In the process I’m realising a. how many other services I use, even after culling them a few years ago, and b. how many services now are complete and utter data prisons.

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Ruffling Digi27

2005-05-22. That’s the timestamp in the first docblock on digi27.com. Feels like an eternity ago. The site is… bad. Twenty year younger me was not a good coder (so some things don’t change). But as part of the fallout from Apple killing Flash, Digi27 has kind of been pointless for a while.

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Project Book Retro

It’s four years since the first commit to Work Project #2. With over 10,000 commits, thousands of deployments, a couple of hours downtime, and lots of paying customers (please more though), I wanted to take a second to look back on all of the many decisions. What was good, what was crap. Do again, change next time?

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Simple

Many years ago, I had to make a website. Slightly different to the normal websites we were churning out. It would be used in 5,000 locations, across 160 countries, by about 30 million people (at the time) a month. It showed weather, local news, and more content specific to each location. At the time Amazon EC2 was two years old, scaling was a still unsolved problem, and we had to make this thing bulletproof.

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18

HybridLogic, my little corner of the Internet, turned 18 a few months ago. I wanted to make a little list of things this site has used, or not used, that have come and gone in that time. No order or rhyme, just thoughts.

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