The Constant Stream of Tech Layoffs

The word today is that Microsoft is laying off about 700 people next week. Last week, my employer laid off about 450. (Of course, on a percentage basis, our layoff was significantly bigger than Microsoft’s upcoming one as it was about 20% of the company.) Those of who work in the tech industry are often very fortunate. We are generally paid well and have good benefits. Many, like me, have lots of flexibility in their jobs. That being said, this industry can be brutal in its own way. Having worked in tech for about 20 years now, I have been...…

Rising Stars for Static Site Generators in 2016

Best.of.js published its list of rising stars for 2016. This list uses the number of GitHub stars added on a project over the course of the year to determine which projects are trending the most for the year. This may be an imperfect measure, to be sure, but it is at least illustrative of interest on some level in a project. …

The Web's Failure as an Information Platform

The web as an “Inforamation Surperhighway” (a term generally attributed to Al Gore) was a common phrase twenty-five or so years ago. Back then the web was a nascent application platform, incapable of truly competing with desktop applications, but was a burgeoning information platform - democratizing access to information in a way no other platform could. …

Heavyweight

I don’t usually talk about personal things here, but I will admit that 2016 hit me hard. It’s a tough thing to explain as both personally and professionally, nothing terrible happened. Yes, the election was part of it, but it was a feeling I was facing much earlier in the year. It led to me pulling back from writing more publicly and speaking at events (even now, I write this blog but pretty much never promote my own posts). …

On Remote Working

I’ve worked from home, on and off, since I joined Universal Mind back in 2008. That job was fully remote. My following position was remote 2-3 days a week. My first year at Adobe was fully in the office, but the following two years were fully remote. Now, my role with Telerik/Progress for the past 3 years (almost!) has been fully remote. …

Own Your Home on the Web

Rachel Andrew had a short but very worthwhile post about how much the web has changed over recent years from people owning their own playground on the web (in large part via personal blogs) to people handing over their content to third parties like Medium and CodePen (to name a couple). …