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$1500 a month? That's a lot. You can rent a Linode from $20 to $150, I didn't think Amazon was that much more expensive!
Agree @Anthony Ferrara "I think you miss a very key point, that sucking matters for shit when you're able to get stuff done with it." I've seen so many cases where the customer threw out a carefully designed solution, developed at great expense, in favor of an internally hacked PHP site. Management regrets it, but the people on the workfloor are in love with the PHP site. Likewise, I've never seen an official PHP project fail. The result might offend the OOP developer, but there is always a result, and it always does more it less what it was supposed to do. If I compare this to the success rate of Java or .NET projects, I can only hang my head in shame. I've long thought the reason for this is Boyd's Law (http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/02/boyds-law-of-iteration.html) PHP basically forces you to iterate from day 1. PHP delivers.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
Have you ever converted an MP3 file to another format, say AAC? The result is significantly worse than encoding AAC from the original. My hearing is pretty average but CD -> MP3 -> AAC I ended up with malformed music. I think these conversions don't stack well. Today MP3 is something of a world standard. So this would only come into play if there are devices that require a different encoding.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
Actually I think in the future everyone will be a programmer, in the sense of someone who can instruct a computer what to do. Departments with better programming skills will beat the hell out of departments that depend on IT to solve their problems. It's just a question of time before people are comfortable enough with programming languages. Just like it went with cars. For many years after the invention of the automobile, driver was a profession. Now, everybody can drive.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
Thanks for Stack Overflow! Being able to interact and measure up with other coders has made such a difference to me. Especially the downvotes when I thought I was right but wasn't. Here's a good article in The Guardian. If your family is really the reason you're leaving, the dying agree with you: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying If you find a good cause that would benefit from donations, mention it on coding horror.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
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