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When Should a Black Box Be Transparent?
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When Should a Black Box Be Transparent?

When is a replacement not a replacement?

Getting Off the Mad Path
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Getting Off the Mad Path

Debuggers and assertions.

Patent Absurdity
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Patent Absurdity

A case when ignorance is the best policy.

Divide and Conquer
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Divide and Conquer

The use and limits of bisection.

In Praise of the Disassembler
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In Praise of the Disassembler

There is much to be learned from the lower-level details of hardware.

Aversion to Versions
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Aversion to Versions

Code needs to run anywhere as long as the necessary dependencies can be resolved.

The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project
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The Non-Psychopath's Guide to Managing an Open Source Project

Respect your staff, learn from others, and know when to let go.

Kabin Fever
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Kabin Fever

KV's guidelines for KFH (koding from home).

Removing Kode
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Removing Kode

Dead functions and dead features.

Sanity vs. Invisible Markings
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Sanity vs. Invisible Markings

Tabs vs. spaces

Broken Hearts and Coffee Mugs
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Broken Hearts and Coffee Mugs

The ordeal of security reviews.

Kode Vicious Plays in Traffic
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Kode Vicious Plays in Traffic

With increasing complexity comes increasing risk.

Master of Tickets
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Master of Tickets

Valuing the quality, not the quantity, of work.

Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans
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Numbers Are for Computers, Strings Are for Humans

How and where software should translate data into a human-readable form.

Koding Academies
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Koding Academies

A low-risk path to becoming a front-end plumber.

What Is a Chief Security Officer Good For?
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What Is a Chief Security Officer Good For?

Security requires more than an off-the-shelf solution.

MUST and MUST NOT
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MUST and MUST NOT

On writing documentation.

Know Your Algorithms
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Know Your Algorithms

Stop using hardware to solve software problems.

Writing a Test Plan
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Writing a Test Plan

Establish your hypotheses, methodologies, and expected results.

A Chance Gardener
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A Chance Gardener

Harvesting open source products and planting the next crop.
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