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Necessary Confusion and the Bootstrap Heuristic

I’m testing a test tool at the moment. I’m investigating it for a talk. The producers of the tool claim to have hundreds of thousands of users. A few positive remarks appear in a scrolling widget on the product’s web site from people purported to be users. Me, I can’t make head or tail of the product. It doesn’t seem to do what it’s supposed to do. It looks like a chaotic mess. It’s baffling; it’s exasperating. I...

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Bitcoin Investment In 2021: What Should We Expect?

The bitcoin price has surged about 300 percent over the last 12 months thanks to mainstream adoption and institutional interest. It has rallied massively to surpassing all-time highs of $41,000. At the time of this writing, the price is hovering around $35,000 and it will be interesting to watch traders’ reactions and price behavior for the rest of 2021. The Bull Run Will Likely Continue Bitcoin’s bull cycle will likely continue,...

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Releasing Maven based projects to Maven central

I published my first library on Maven central about 2013. A server side embedding tool for webpages based on OEmbed. I remember how happy and proud I was having published something in binary form “for all eternity”. Maven central is the canonical, default artifact repository for the built tool of the same name, Apache Maven. Until configured otherwise, Maven tries to resolve dependencies from there. The company behind sponsoring...

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Do some puzzles sometimes

Wait, I here you say “This guy writing there, didn’t he write about not having time and energy for site projects?”: Honestly, I admire all the folks in my IT bubble starting and finishing new side projects. How do you do it these days? I have a hard time already distinguishing Blursday 1…5 and the other two days. — Michael Simons (@rotnroll666) January 30, 2021 Well, yes, sadly that’s the case and I did cancel a couple...

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Minecraft terminology for Java developers

My eldest kid – 11 at the time of writing – has been into Minecraft for some time now. I tried to motivate him on various ages to do some kinda programming with me. We tried Scratch, Lego Mindstorms (one of the few sets that is gathering dust) and a couple of other things. We didn’t have much fun with any of those. The nicest thing done together have been actually a couple of the Advent of Code challenges in which I tried to...