July 12, 2020

Exporting and Importing WSL Linux Distributions on Windows 10

I've recently spent a lot of dedicated time exploring Windows 10 as a development environment. The best part of this process has been becoming familiar with Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL. With WSL 2.0 Microsoft is shipping a complete Linux kernel with Windows 10. Getting started with WSL is a few steps through the Windows Features menu to ensure you have enabled WSL services, then into...

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February 12, 2020

Contrarian bikeshedding isn't helpful

Users who reply to threads about $technology with comments such as: OMG! Why are you still using $technology when $new_tech exists! These replies offer nothing of value and should be moderated or down voted into oblivion. Go forth and stop telling people to buy an orange when their pear isn't working out.



February 10, 2020

It's always ok to ask questions

I've noticed a trend lately where people who report issues on open source projects are seemingly using throwaway accounts to post issues and receive help. One case in particular was last month I solved an issue for a user who's GitHub account was brand new. They created this account just to post the issue. How do I know? They left their email address publicly viewable on their profile (Maybe it's...



January 27, 2020

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

I started the edx course "Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python" last Thursday. I learned Python way back in the late 90s early 2000s as I was learning Linux as well at the time. I'm ~8 months into my Python focused day job and I want the guided newbie approach. I even spent the $75 to get the validated identification so at the end of the course I'll get a certificate (so...

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