wolves are at it again

I loved reading about the Gamestop trading debacle. It’s a wonderful thing when something like this happens on such a scale that we can see the prejudice and tribalism of Wall Street in its purest form.

Let’s go again over what happened.


Gamestop is game shop of the old school kind. Think brick and mortar and you’d be correct (although probably not all stores were brick). Much like other famous businesses of its age (think Blockbuster) it ran into trouble and had to reorganise.

Wall Street didn’t trust the plan and some big investors (think hedge funds) already started…

too many silos

Initially published on Dev.To

Before we get down to the subject, I need to clarify that my take on “devops” is not one of DevOps engineers or DevOps as a role, but the “original” meaning of DevOps when it was coined: a practice that brings together ops and development for the purpose of enabling development teams to own the full lifecycle of an application, from inception to deployment.

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I will (once again) use PHP as an example, mostly because it poses some interesting challenges from this perspective. …

And yet they're not mistakes. Not in the sense that you're making them to be anyway.

1. The user is an idiot

it's a correct way to describe the development attitude but the attitude in itself is not a mistake unless it results in a flat out refusal to do work.

The thing is, when working for an MVP you do need a counterpoint when assessing requests. …

There’s no way around it. I always knew that in the back of my mind. Every leftist idea challenges a bit of status quo, the current state. Changing is always scary. But how scary?

I found two videos online. This and that. While the second is scary in a way not related to what I’m writing about, the first tries to make sense a bit about the actual difference between left and right as they appear out of daily conversations. …

I have a problem with OOP. There, I’ve said it. It’s probably some residual anger stemming from university days where it’s been taught as the de-facto truth and God to worship (via Java). I also dislike Java, though in the case of Java it’s exactly this reason (and a bit due to the ocean of security advisories around JVM).

But for OOP, there has always been something else as well. It’s about objects themselves. As it’s been sold to me initially, OOP should help us conceptualise applications in term of objects representing real-world models which we can then manipulate. These…

This piece is about two related subjects. The first is the great question of whether we should rely on auto incremented integers or uuids to identify entities. The second is who gets to generate those identifiers (your code or some external application like your RDBMS).

I feel that just about any article I read on these subjects promptly mixes the two areas. Also, none of the articles seem to making valid points (this one made me quite sad) so I got the urge to make my own attempt.

First off, auto incremented integer primary keys. Why do we use them?

I know people love benchmarks. I know I do, I always check out some before I choose a tool for the next project. It comes with the job as I work as an architect on a great variety of projects under a lot of constraints with respect to resources / deployments / performance targets / etc. Knowing some tools always helps.

I also know that performance isn’t always a top criteria (I would always choose something that helps developers get their hands dirty fast and just develop reliably rather than aim at performance with a tool they can’t handle). …

As I was recently in a position to switch my subscription around (and having using at times 2 operators at the same time) I’ve decided to write down some impressions (subjective). Be warned, much like other reviews, I do not draw a conclusion, which is quite sad because this is the result of my own search for decent service and I wasn’t able to definitely find one. Instead, I found heavy trade-offs.

What I am looking for to compare: subscription benefits (at comparable costs), customer service quality, mobile web/app usability, data speeds, voice quality.

My personal constraints: good mobile app…

Four months now into the global coronavirus crisis (at least, since it’s been publicly known outside of China) and countries around the globe are facing their own demons, directly or indirectly linked with the spread of the virus.

There’s one crisis in particular that I’m thinking about. It came to mind during a conversation with my wife about the medical system in Romania and how screwed we are should the virus spread. The concern was mainly because our local health system has been decimated by the departure of qualified personnel but also by corruption, which at some point led to…

I just read this great piece from Forbes. The reasoning is perfect and factual.

Netflix is accumulating debt experimenting with new content (and I would add, it’s missing out on great pop culture already lost to Sky and Amazon, mostly) while Disney already has the best in its arsenal, just waiting to be published on Disney+ in a few months.

There’s no question that the danger is there. But what will happen?

Well, that’s largely up to Disney’s strategy. We already know that Marvel content won’t be up there from the beginning. Disney has stated that Disney+ will feature family…

Andrei Dascalu

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