This is under our kitchen table. This is not our cat…
When the PM and Scrum Masters wanted me to get an area of development into shape and on-track, I hope they were ready for the sheer avalanche of Jira tickets and stories that would entail…
Just had an email from PayPal saying they're rolling out SMS-based two-factor authentication (and so I must validate my phone number)… yet they've got the temerity to call it “
strong customer authentication.” If it was really about safeguarding accounts, they wouldn't be using SMS at all – which has proven to be no obstacle to hijacking accounts in just about any system that's used it.
I really don't like how crippled the WordPress iOS app has become, if you don't use the Jetpack plugin and chain your site to WordPress.com/Automattic.
For example, you can't initiate a new post from the share sheet (say you want to share a link from an RSS app, or something), which is about as basic as it gets! Opening the app from the launcher and starting a new post works, but it's extra friction if you just want to fire off a quick post. There's really no need for it to be like this, and I can't think of any good reason for it.
Why do some developers really hate exceptions? Sometimes it feels like I'm the only one writing and using them…
I hate that the internet seems to have made people so conspiracy-minded. Or at least amplified it. Oh, something innocuous happened? Must immediately assume it’s due to some really bad thing, and immediately denounce whoever I think is involved…
No.1 Son did well in his school results for the year. Four B’s and a C, which is a very good bounce back from the disaster he had last year. He's actually looking forward to going back next week!
git config --global init.defaultBranch "develop"
"Never work with string encodings and cryptography."
I'm currently looking at a bit of code, wondering why the responsible team decided to “modify the Base64 output, to
make it safe to send over a URL” – using some custom character replacement and string slicing – when URL encoding and decoding are already a thing?
Doh! Had to order a new washing machine. Having the last (v. noisy) load come out covered in plastic shavings from… somewhere… was the last sign it wasn’t a problem that could be ignored. Now to make it through the next 10 days with only handwashing 🙃
This is our neighbour’s cat. The neighbour recently got a new puppy, so now he sits staring wistfully at the fence between our garden and theirs – even when he’s being called in for food. Occasionally he’ll glance at us, as if expecting us to do something about it all.
The current "get back to work” messaging from the U.K. government is really irritating me. It shouldn't, as it's not important in the grand scheme of things… but a great many of us never stopped working. The last few months have been hectic, stressful, and some of the busiest in my career. Yet the way ministers are talking, you'd think I'd been on holiday for months and the economy is tanking as a direct result.