Michael Lopp: Managing Nerds

Michael Lopp (Rands In Repose) back in January 2011 – Managing Nerds:

“Amaze your nerd. Build calm and dark places where invoking the Zone is trivial. Perform consistently and efficiently around your nerd so they can spend their energy on what they build and not worry about that which they can’t control. Help them scale by knowing when they’re stuck or simply bored. And let them chase those Highs because then they can amaze everyone.”

See also: Bored People Quit

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 21:23:10 +0000

Going on a Software-Design Feature Fast

Kas Thomas – Going on a Software-Design Feature Fast:

“Find out (via built-in analytics) what the least-used feature of your product is. Get rid of it.

[…] Replace [it] with API methods and helpful tooling (an SDK). Charge no money for the SDK.”

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:54:16 +0000

Everything is my fault

Derek Sivers – Everything is my fault:

“I announced decisions, then assumed they were being done, without following-up to ensure.

I whimsically delegated to the wrong people, avoiding the mental work of choosing wisely.

[…] Now you’re the powerful person that made things happen, made a mistake, and can learn from it. Now you’re in control and there’s nothing to complain about.”

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:19:03 +0000


PhantomJS is a headless WebKit with JavaScript API. It has fast and native support for various web standards: DOM handling, CSS selector, JSON, Canvas, and SVG.

[…] PhantomJS is an optimal solution for headless website testing, screen capture, page automation, network monitoring.”

(Via Paul Reinheimer.)

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:54:24 +0000