Gender choices: Why even bother with gender today?

There is some recent news in Mass about the RMV and offering more “gender identity choices”.  And we’ve all filled-out employment applications lately where they ask you about how you “identify”.  Pause. We need think about just how ridiculous this. First, WHY would anyone, any hiring company, any road official really need to know what …

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Correctly using React this.state and truly being a state machine

We are all trained in React that NEVER EVER do this.setState() (or derivative) in your render() method, right? It is considered evil.  There is general fantasy that render() should be 100% benign, no side effects, 100% repeatable no matter how often re-called, right? There are two main reasons for this fantasy. One is some purist …

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Oh McDees and life is us now!!! #mcdonalds

I spent (sadly) too much of my life at #mcdonalds or #starbucks, and THEY understand US…isn’t that comment (alone) on life?  McDees has now decorative lighting, human-alive plants on stools, and, well, value.  Bucks same but different. All: Free WiFi, so that you, I, can work, socialize. If I (or you?) go to a “coffee …

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Community theater: And arts? What does that mean to us, technologists?

We took a weekend trip to the Berkshires. Of course with computer(s) and phones, but as-said: to get “away”. Lenox Mass, amazing theatre (#Tanglewood being so close).  It’s a different life out here. Values are different, but technology is still present. So we saw this amazing play, “Pipeline” at the Shakespeare theatre. Front-row of a …

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React Native, or PWA, or…? What do you think?

We all know, as we develop life-changing solutions for the world: “Mobile First” rules. Partly (if nothing else) is because: Responsive. Meaning, any-size screen, any rotation, and the “solution” needs to be very usable. Ok, got it, same page. Mobile is a bit different. Some apps are really mobile oriented, some are “game” (and def …

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