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My musings on anything from leadership to technology to entrepreneurship and back.

Jan 3, 2024

Breakneck Speed vs. Full Prudent Speed in Engineering

Startups often operate at breakneck speed, facing frequent changes and accumulating tech debt. Established engineering departments typically run at a prudent speed, maintaining focus and stability. Know when to choose which.

Nov 30, 2023

Engineering Vs. Programming

There's a huge difference between 'programming an application' and 'engineering an application'. This difference can make a business succeed or fail. Let's examine the difference.

Sep 25, 2023

Time-Series Data - Part 2

In the first part we found out that pure PostgreSQL was too slow for the volumes of data we expected for a client. Let's check out wether TimescaleDB - an extension for PostgreSQL - improves the performance.

Sep 20, 2023

TimescaleDB on Dokku

Let's install Timescale on a Dokku server.

Sep 18, 2023

Time-Series Data - Part 1

Storing time-series data has some very distinct properties to other more random data. But couldn't we leverage good old databases like PostgreSQL? Let's do some benchmarking and find out.

Sep 4, 2023

Saying No

Ever had the challenge of a CEO coming to one of you teams and requesting them to implement a super-urgent feature? Saying 'no' is extremely difficult. Saying yes to everything is also not an option. But there's a third way to say 'no' in a good way.

Aug 24, 2023

Is Twitter/X Like Tinder?

Many people complain about the new X/Twitter where only paying customers get an audience. Is X becoming like Tinder for News?

Aug 16, 2023

Keycloak on Dokku

Running your own Authentication / Authorization solution on Dokku is not magic. Here's my journey to install Keycloak on Dokku in 5 minutes.

Aug 7, 2023

On Showering Cold

Here's why I take cold showers, how to do it and some thoughts on potential health benefits.

Jul 31, 2023

AI-Generated Content - Opportunity or Danger?

GPT models have taken the world by storm. I've personally use often in my daily work to e.g. craft emails from simple bullet points. This leads us to a question: How far can we push the boundaries of this approach, and what implications does it hold for journalists and online content creators? Let's explore!