Category: Uncategorized

Taxes

My father seemed to know everything. He loved to explain things, and inconspicuous questions often triggered elaborate lectures. So one day, when I was maybe eight or nine years old, I asked him about taxes, and he started to talk. I clearly remember the visceral reaction I had to this lecture. Most times I would get bored after […]

My Very Own Office

I had a private office for some time at university. Most students were offered a desk in a shared office, but due to the smouldering turf wars at the institute it was decided that I should work in an unused assistant professor office. I was a placeholder, to make sure no other research group could […]

Customer Support

It should be trivial to contact customer support. The best way is to have an email address like support@yourcompany.com prominently visible on every page of your website. Don’t use web forms and don’t make people select arbitrary options before contacting support. Under no circumstances expect customers to create an account on your website before they […]

Work time and productivity

When you’re self-employed, you can choose how many hours to work. Many people end up working even more than employees — you feel guilty when you’re not spending every waking moment working on your business. I fall into that trap too, sometimes, but I’ve realised working long hours isn’t necessary for making a living. Currently […]

I retired an iPhone app

Almost two years ago, in January 2013, I made an iPhone app. It took me about two weeks from start to finish. I ported my Access database reading library from OS X to iOS. Then I added some drawing code that I made for an app I never released, and assembled a simple app for […]

Leaving Academia

I recently left academia. I was a graduate student, and I had just passed my qualification exam. I should have started to work on my grand project that would lead to my thesis. But instead I decided to leave. I decided that I’ve spent enough time being educated. Being in grad school just started to […]