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Video and code for my Rust talk now available

12 Feb 2020

A while ago I wrote a blog post about my first impressions of Rust. This has grown into a full talk introducing Rust to experienced developers, and the recording of that talk at YOW! Melbourne has just been released.

If you've read the post or watched the video you know that the code examples are taken from one of my hobby projects, an artificial life / genetic programming simulation. Because people have asked I've now made the code available in this Github repo. Please beware, though, there is no thorough documentation on what the simulator actually does and how to make sense of the output.

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Podcast on shift of code into the browser published

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In one of the discussions of the Doppler group, where we create the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar, I mentioned that I saw a shift of code from the server to the browser. Mike, who is one of the hosts of our podcast series, got interested, and so did Rebecca, our CTO at ThoughtWorks. Together we recorded a conversation that retraces the twenty year history from “rich” desktop applications to systems where more than 50% of the code runs in the web browser, ending with a brief look into the future.

The end of the Hackintosh era (for me)

27 Jun 2020

Picture of my hackintoshSince 2009 a Hackintosh has been my main computer at home. In case you are unfamilar with the concept, a Hackintosh is a generic PC built from components that runs Apple's macOS. In hindsight this was a good choice at the time but a number of factors have now driven me to buy MacBook Pro for personal use.

With the announcements by Apple at WWDC this year a beautiful symmetry seems ahead. In 2006 I bought one of the first Intel MacBook Pros and now I bought what will likely be one of the last Intel MacBook Pros. And in case you're keeping track, my PowerBook (Pismo) is still functioning, but not used anymore.

I have updated my personal Hackintosh journal with a final chapter.

Podcast on Serendipitous Events published

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At the last meeting of the Doppler group, where we create the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar, my colleagues Evan, Neal, Zhamak and myself had a discussion about "serendipitous events". This is the idea of publishing events without knowing whether anyone will consume them, in the hope to create moments of serendipity, where someone discovers information in the enterprise that they can use to create new value. It's an intriguing idea that is too complex to fit the short description we can put on the radar.

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