There is a high chance that you attend or have attended an inefficiently-run stand-up. I have seen various stand-up styles over the years. Sadly, most of the roughly 2000 stand-ups I attended were unproductive. Mildly put, most were status reports for some manager or higher up.
Kind Leadership: Influence over Authority
One of the most underrated parts of working at any job is interacting with people. It is amazing how much humans achieve via collaboration and also how fast relationships can degenerate.
The difficult parts of software development
Another classic rant again; yeah it's always good to express thoughts and hear about the feelings of others - a good way to learn.
Reading: September 2014
Brief reviews of 2 books read in September 2014
Memories of Masdar: 2011 – 2013
I wrote a memories of Ife piece after completing my bachelors and it would be just as well to write another post about my time at Masdar. Masdar is a great school, has an international student community, extremely nice people, an awesome nearly unbeatable welfare package and a great beautiful environment. I arrived at MASDAR in … Continue reading Memories of Masdar: 2011 – 2013
Taking the PAIN out of coding
Over the years, I have learnt some tricks and picked up some lessons while writing code. Most were learnt the hard way, so I decided to share a couple of tips on how to avoid development pitfalls.
MOOC Talk : And I thought I knew SQL
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) became popular early this year with offerings from Coursera, Udacity and EdX. These platforms were inspired by the phenomenal success of the three online courses (db-class, ai-class and ml-class) that ran in late 2011. It has never been so easy to get high-quality knowledge - for example, Coursera has renowned … Continue reading MOOC Talk : And I thought I knew SQL
Levels of Developer Expertise
This is a light-hearted attempt to classify developers.
Opennigeria… the time is now!
It is comforting to know we have great software craftsmen who are passionate about what they do and are willing to make a change. The Nigerian software sector, though nascent, is slowly growing and gaining momentum. There are developer events, meetups, startups and competitions. However; despite several boot camps, developer meetups, hackathons and several cool products; there … Continue reading Opennigeria… the time is now!
And you thought you knew all programming languages…
Have you ever heard about the esoteric Programming Languages. An esoteric programming language (sometimes shortened to esolang) is a computer programming language designed either as a test of the boundaries of programming language design, to experiment with weird ideas or simply as a joke, rather than for practical reasons. There is usually no intention of … Continue reading And you thought you knew all programming languages…
One of the evils plaguing the software industry is piracy. It is not right to steal software or copyrighted work. The sad reality is that nearly everyone is involved in some form of piracy or the other. From fake unlicensed Windows Operating systems to books to software suites, people steal/crack/pirate software. One of the motivations … Continue reading Stop Piracy
There seem to be all sorts of rankings; university, SEO, hospital and all imaginable groups. I stumbled on this ranking and it caught my eye immediately. Why? It's the first time I'll be seeing such, moreover I'm a programmer and I need to stay informed about current trends in the industry to avoid losing my … Continue reading Language Rankings
Why do I prefer Linux to Windows?
I've been posting about the benefits of Linux for days on end now. I guess most people would like to know why I'm so particular about Linux. Well these are my reasons for choosing Linux over Windows: Its Free Yeah, free as in 'awuf'. Although some distros are not totally free, some are. This gives me … Continue reading Why do I prefer Linux to Windows?
My favourite web destinations
Most of us surf the internet and have websites that we frequent. Today I'll share my favourite websites with you. FacebookFacebook is probably the most addictive website I know, it has this uncanny ability of holding my attention and calling me back - I heard Mark Zuckerbarg said something along this line too. I bet … Continue reading My favourite web destinations
Increase your Productivity
Here are some reasons for low productivity and some tips for getting more done in lesser time. Doing too many things simultaneously Some people claim to be be masters of multi-tasking and seem to be able to do too many things at once. Truth is, they end up compromising their own productivity. Humans have only … Continue reading Increase your Productivity
My Linux campaign
Well, it started in 2007; I had my first computer then, it was a 40GB, 512MB Toshiba. It was very rugged and came with Windows 2000. I got an Ubuntu CD from one of my seniors and tried out the live CD. Unfortunately, after leaving the system running for about an hour, it still didn't … Continue reading My Linux campaign
Ever thought about a beard and moustache contest?! Weird…
Can you believe there is a world beard and moustache championship? It sounds incredulous but it is true. This is a biennial event that started in 1995 and has had the Germans dominating. Check this link for more information: http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/ Its simply amazing.
Stumbled upon these websites…
Fontstruct This site is dedicated to creating new fonts; you can create new fonts and even use your own handwriting! Fonts are constructed out of geometrical shapes which are arranged in a grid-like pattern; similar to tiles and bricks. Once you are done building your unique fonts, the website takes over and generates high-quality TrueType … Continue reading Stumbled upon these websites…
Well, what do you want abdulapopoola to talk about?
Really I just don't want to write anything today - had a long outing and came back tired - but I don't want to let today pass by without posting anything too. You, the followers of this blog, are marvelous; without your support, there'll be no reason to write. I'll love to hear your views; … Continue reading Well, what do you want abdulapopoola to talk about?
What to do
I woke up today feeling somewhat angry with myself; I hadn't done anything to change my daily routine of eating, sleeping and lazing around. It was annoying that I didn't have goals to work towards; this is presumably due to the void created by graduating from school. Everyone wants to be successful in life but … Continue reading What to do
Memories of IFE…
Some weeks ago, I was walking past a tree near the former rotunda café in OAU. Its bare branches sagged under the weight of hundreds of bats. Bats! The creatures that dropped poop on me in my third year! This got me thinking about my undergraduate days in OAU. My first year was somehow fun. Being … Continue reading Memories of IFE…