Try the Solanum pomodoro timer

If you want to use something more pomodoro than Fedora’s built-in timer, try Solanum. Divide your work into four 25 minute sessions with 5 minute breaks in between. One longer break after four sessions.More

Overview: Write the Docs, Portland 2020

This year’s WTD conference was online/virtual only. This shift to virtual conferences make them more inclusive and accessible to attendees whose work, personal responsibilities, finances, or other constraints would normally discourage them from participating. Although this conference was well-attended by folks on the West Coast, by my estimate, half of the attendees were from other…More

Day of Learning

Today is Red Hat’s “Day of Learning.” We are encouraged to dedicate this day to learning. This past year, I’ve been mentoring one of my peers. Earlier this week, I asked her to share her thoughts on what went well and what could be better. I got her notes this morning and spent some time…More


One of the nice things about the Write the Docs – Portland conference two weeks ago, was it’s unconference. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-down…More

I pulled it

This morning, I wrote the conference organizer and pulled my presentation. My early morning thoughts had revealed to me how I had missed the mark. During the process of creating the presentation, I had this uneasy sense that I was missing something. My early morning thoughts crystallized my understanding of what was amiss and I…More

My first (awful) video presentation

Ughh! 8 days for 8 minutes of awful video A few weeks back, I saw an opportunity to give a presentation to my fellow developers. The dev lead for oVirt put out an RFP for the upcoming oVirt 2020 Online Conference. Oh, and by the way, please prerecord your presentation so we can upload it…More

Rotate your stock

As a university student, I worked one summer as a line cook in a new-age tempura restaurant. The chef there was a grizzled US Navy veteran who went by Lodi. He spoke with a New Hampshire accent and worked his knife like a man gutting fish on a trawler coming ’round the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.…More

Well begun (in Git) is half done

Well begun is half done. ~ Aristotle Inspired by James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, I’ve started starting tasks before it’s time to do them. For example, I prepare the Keurig coffee machine before bed each night. I fill the reusable filter with fresh coffee grounds and top up the reservoir with water. As a sign…More

Developer-contributed content in upstream docs

“No software spec survives first contact with the compiler.” One of the interesting bits in the project type #1: Team=Both, Code=Up>Down, Docs=Down>Up scenario is when developers write up their feature plans in the upstream repo. Often, these show up in the /doc subdirectory. Often, before coding, a developer writes up a description of the new feature…More