Category Archives: Programming

How To Tune Your Guitar With Ruby

How To Tune Your Guitar With Ruby

What a friggin great post!  Ruby and guitar?!  Two of some of my favorite things!

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Git Push Heroku Master: Now 40% Faster

Git Push Heroku Master: Now 40% Faster

Nice!  Heroku just made Git pushes 40% faster!

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What’s New in Git 1.8.5

What’s New in Git 1.8.5

A great read on some of the new items presented in the latest Git release, 1.8.5

Now with per site HTTP variables!  😉


Universal Credit: government closer to recognising failure?

WOW! There could be a lot of factors involved in the pending “collapse”, but still. Makes you think twice about “agile”.

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Universal Credit – the amalgamation of various welfare payments into one unified entitlement which will vary in “real time” as claimants’ circumstances change – is at the very heart of the British government‘s plans to reform the welfare state. The idea is that the welfare system will “make work pay”. Once that meant it would have a shallow taper – in other words, the loss of benefit as claimants got work would be reduced: today that aim seems less clearly expressed, but that is another issue I won’t go into here.

Universal Credit is also the world’s biggest ever “agile development” software project and a massive financial and social (and hence political) risk for the government. Unless delivered on time and on budget then the consequences are grave – some of the most vulnerable people in society could be left literally destitute, with all that entails…

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