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Refactored #071: “User Experience” On this episode of Refactored… Wait — stop the music — developers are… NOT?… good at design? Chris blames the Curse of Knowledge. Frank riffs on that, but we all know he’s skating by. Who’s less tech savvy, teachers or seniors? FIGHT! Frank makes a great analogy to cars, that hide all of their complexity. Chris re…
 
Refactored #070: “Leadership README” On this episode of Refactored… Frank buys a first-class ticket on the follicle train to vanitytown. Chris pounces on his candid vulnerability to score cheap conversation points. Frank steals the show with a great (stolen) idea: The Leadership README. Credit to Gary Foster and Katie Wilde, in turn. Frank shares h…
 
Refactored #069: “Days Since Last Rona” On this episode of Refactored… A three week hiatus?!?!?! It was a team effort: Chris rides the Rona and has a rough go of it for two weeks - is he stupid, weak, or both? Frank successfully fails to record the first attempt at 69 (nice). The guys talk $1T Bitcoin, the Etherium PoS merge, fractional reserve ban…
 
Refactored #068: “Well-Rounded Cyber” On this episode of Refactored… Holy moly y’all — Frank got a new job, and now he’s doing the cybers! Do you lead your personal brand with “ex-Facebook,” “ex-Google,” or similar? You maybe shouldn’t do that, the guys think. The guys discuss the infosec “community.” Cliquey like Mean Girls but boy oh boy can some…
 
Refactored #067: “Make Boring Great Again” On this episode of Refactored… Frank blows a bunch of money on some hoity-toity markers only to revert back to Expo. Chris remembers the SaltStack vs Puppet decision differently than Frank, but they both agree, they wanted the Boring™ option. Should Everyone Code? No. The answer is no. Not everyone should …
 
Refactored #066: “The FTC gets it… right?" On this episode of Refactored… Frank bemoans the configuration of new peripherals (like his Shure SM7B). Why is it always such a pain? Chris got a free vacation from airline miles and hotel points. That stuff actually works! The guys discuss the logic - and implications - of the FTC’s recent order for Weig…
 
Refactored #065: “Incremental Trade-Offs” On this episode of Refactored… The Increment Collector’s Edition has been cancelled due to production challenges. But the reply-all thread is the real story. Here are a few pulled quotes: This is now the “I’m sad about my increment collector’s edition order” thread. Woo! Hoo! My first user therapy group! Th…
 
Refactored #064: “Rubber Ducking” On this episode of Refactored… Chris revisits PTO policies. He found a better one… but it still doesn’t get the jerb done. The guys compare and contrast the Dunning-Kruger effect with Imposter syndrome. Rubber ducking — if you’re not doing it, you’re doing it wrong. Frank bought a MacBook that isn’t an M1… sooooo… …
 
Refactored #063: “Dark Patterns” On this episode of Refactored… The FTC probes Amazon for “deliberately confusing” users during signup. Frank has a strong opinion on this one. UI screenshots that were discussed embedded below. Chris was annoyed at how Fruit Ninja kept shoving adds at his son. The guys fight about the meanging of the term satisfice.…
 
Refactored #062: “Schoooool’s out. For. Ever!" On this episode of Refactored… Coding Boot Camps. They are numerous. They are well-funded. They… promise more than they can deliver? The guys discuss. (TLDR — the phrase “jumpstart, not a shortcut” gets used) Chris misses a crucial opportunity to drop a “Your mom goes to college.” What are entry-level …
 
Refactored #061: “Career Advice” On this episode of Refactored… The guys talk unlimited PTO. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Spoiler: unlimited PTO is not a panacea. Frank thinks companies that don’t pay out unused PTO are scummy. Chris thinks it encourages better utilization. “crunch” is a term used by the gaming industry to mask a systemtically …
 
Refactored #060: “Toxic Bloviating Douchenozzle” On this episode of Refactored… In case you’ve been living some island-dwelling, soccer-ball-talking offline nightmare, Russia invaded Ukraine. Careful to avoid major political talk, the guys spend some time considering the circumstance and speaking about the people who have been, are, and will be har…
 
Refactored #059: “Flaming Cat Index: Redux” On this episode of Refactored… Chris is in the middle of one computer migration when another defecates the mattress. He’s got opinions on stuff. Spoiler: Apple and LG are, collectively, 127% to blame. Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD. Sony won the battle, but digital distribution won the war. The guys reminisce. DMCA Co…
 
Refactored #058: “Meeting Complexity” On this episode of Refactored… The guys play Zoom Bingo: “I’m sorry, can you repeat that? ” Parkinson’s Law enters the chat because “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Frank makes a case for keeping meetings really tight. Tight in which dimensions? Glad you asked: Number of funct…
 
Refactored #056: “Filthy Casuals with NFTs” On this episode of Refactored… Microsoft acquires Activision for just shy of $69B. nice nice nice nice … Why are the Feds investigating? The guys discuss, but it’s probably just because, per the FTC, “current law requires companies to report any deal that is valued at more than $101 million to the agencie…
 
Refactored #055: “Frank’s Red Hot Vim” On this episode of Refactored… Frank flips out when he learns a new Zoom shortcut. His fault for not learning the software or Zoom’s for hiding stuff? The guys talk Zoom vs Google Meet. Then they talk Google Wave. Then they talk all the other products Google has killed. The guys agree - no seasoned technologis…
 
Refactored #054: “puts Debugging in Prod” On this episode of Refactored… Chris describes a (totally hypothetical - asking for a friend) failure mode of using EFCore and JsonApiDotNetCore. You ever had user complaints of “general slowness?” The guys commiserate, then discuss different paradigms for trying to identify issues in production. The guys d…
 
Refactored #053: “Work Harder, Not Smarter” On this episode of Refactored… Case Study: NYC-based firm burns lease agreement in 2020, then doubles their renevue in 2022. “BuT rEmOtE dOeSn’T wOrK!!!1” Chris cautions companies to think through a remote transition carefully (spoiler: that doesn’t mean don’t do it). The guys agree that remote work repre…
 
Refactored #052: “How to Rage Quit (the Right Way)" On this episode of Refactored… The guys both unplugged, and you should too. They played Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, and Legos. They discuss the Lego Star Destroyer, Titanic, and Red Barn Woodshop — hope you’ve got deep pockets! W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne enter the chat as Frank mentions Blue…
 
Refactored #051: “Simon Says: West Side Story Sucks” On this episode of Refactored… Chris hasn’t seen Spider-Man: No Way Home yet and Frank can’t believe it. The ratings & reviews are very favorable. It had a $253M box office opening weekend (that’s a record). Jerry Z. Muller enters the chat as Chris recommends The Tyranny of Metrics. Has anyone fi…
 
Refactored #050: “Patch Your S–t” On this episode of Refactored… It’s the Official Refactored First Birthdaversary Bash! The guys celebrate by patting themselves on the back. You should have an accountability partner for the things you care about. Chris is at least 67% smarmy over the fact that Mercedes-Benz is the first automaker approved by SAE f…
 
Refactored #049: “Just Say No (To Your Boss)" On this episode of Refactored… The guys discuss recent travel. Frank’s sick and tired of these masks, man, but Chris turns it into a Jira thing? What are rules without enforcement, he wonders… Offsite meetings are clutch, especially for distributed teams. Chris really hates Microsoft Teams. Like, abhors…
 
Refactored #048: “Get Better at Training” On this episode of Refactored… The guys reminisce about the days of yore after news hits of a coming announcement from WinAmp: Thumb drives full of installers Napster/BitTorrent in college dorms How Windows has gotten better and worse over time Frank has a point to make about Technology teams “versus” Sales…
 
Refactored #047: “Inevitable Heat Death of the Company” On this episode of Refactored… The guys pick apart some more detail and nuance about stocks and options. Which industry names things the worst? The guys debate. Healthcare? Tech? Finance? Frank comes in hot with a Grand Unified Theory of solving problems. Are tech problems actually business pr…
 
Refactored #046: “Take Stock of Your Options” On this episode of Refactored… Chris is the worst, man. Like, why the holdup bro? We want our dang episodes already. Geeze. Frank once again launches into an entire tirade about how ALL DigitalOcean executives should be jailed. The guys talk equity. LOTS of ground covered at fairly high level, including…
 
Refactored #045: “The Best Pizza for your Flooz” On this episode of Refactored… The guys get some props from friend of the show and Podomatic co-founder Justin. Hi Justin! Apparently we’re pretty hardcore! The guys like, from their perspective, think that, maybe, like, people should pay attention to, um, how they speak. For #@!& sake! Frank explain…
 
Refactored #044: “Do Healthcare Apps Suck?" On this episode of Refactored… Frank intros a new topic, and the guys quickly agree on why healthcare apps all suck. It is Thanos inevitable. Conway’s Law is brought up indirectly: “Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization…
 
Refactored #042: “Fun and Games” On this episode of Refactored… The Rona is rounding Castle Koehl, and the guys wind up discussing the different learning styles of their kids… the stubborn little adorable petri dishes that they are. Frank talks about some of the games he’s backed on Kickstarter (shout out to Ender Lilies), and professes his love fo…
 
Refactored #041: “Knowing your Core Business” On this episode of Refactored… Chris needs sleep like a little tiny baby ever since he got a creature comfort patch into Rails. The guys agree that contrary to popular opinion, most attorneys are actually wonderful humans; they’re lovely colleagues who just want to do the right thing. The guys discuss N…
 
Refactored #040: “Paying People in Des Moines” On this episode of Refactored… Audio production turns out to be kinda hard. The guys wonder aloud whether anyone makes a living specializing in this stuff. Donut gave Frank the opportunity to chat about geographical pay differentails. The guys unpack some longer-term market predictions. Chris barely av…
 
Refactored #039: “PHP Still Runs the Web” On this episode of Refactored… Chris is staring down the barrel of yet another performance issue with one of his platforms. Why can’t this guy do software better? Frank has some choice words for Entity Framework - but how does it stack up against Hibernate and Active Record? Chris gets nitpicky. Somehow the…
 
Refactored #038: “Driving with the TV On” On this episode of Refactored… Frank changes careers; on track to become renowned NASCAR driver, sponsored by CoolerMaster. Frank brings up Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (no spoilers) and the guys wind up making a bevy of movie & show recommendations. Frank makes a big deal about being a philoso…
 
Refactored #037: “Performance Optimization” On this episode of Refactored… Frank ages, realtime. He is so old and tired he can barely make it through the show. The guys talk breaking and entering - both home and cyber. Do you know how easy it is to get through most doors? How easy it is to pick a lock? The guys briefly discuss IDS/IPS technology, a…
 
Refactored #036: “Market Expansion” On this episode of Refactored… Audition automatically upgraded to “enhance” our sound experience. Yay. Ryan Reynolds and Tommy Lee Jones enter the chat as the guys discuss the MVNOs Mint and Ting. Frank complains about professionals who don’t pay for their software. Do your daily-driver tools fall off the back of…
 
Refactored #035: “Situational Awareness” On this episode of Refactored… Chris spends far too much time kvetching about how Plex broke PiP on iOS. Is there a hidden lesson about reading the room? You decide. Frank drops this glorious truth bomb: “Don’t look for the presence of compliments, look for the absence of complaints.” The guys (after some ar…
 
Refactored #034: “Parallel Career Tracks” On this episode of Refactored… Franks company has built a new Parallel Track Ladder: and spoiler alert, there are NO numbers (e.g. “Developer I,” “Developer II,” etc.) The guys discuss skills transferrability between individual contribution and management. Are they the same? How much overlap is there? Chris…
 
Refactored #033: “Policy is a Shield, Not a Sword” On this episode of Refactored… Frank regretfully rescinds his earlier recommendation of Fnatic mice from Refactored 004: Creature Comforts. Chris regretfully rescinds the show notes from Refactored 004: Creature Comforts because at the time, he confused Fnatic with Fantech and nobody caught the err…
 
Refactored #032: “Is Your Basement a Cloud?" On this episode of Refactored… The guys kvetch about people inadvertently making our highways worse when they think they are helping. Is this low-brow watercooler small talk, or a veiled exploration on the broader topic of unintended consequences represented through allegory using motorists with a hero c…
 
Refactored #031: “Bridge the Gap” On this episode of Refactored… The guys follow-up on the talent shortage. Turns out, there just aren’t enough people. Frank asserts (as a manager) you probably have good leverage to restructure your overall benefits offering, and Chris voices the corollary that (as an employee) it’s a good time to “shop it around.”…
 
Refactored #030: “Deere John, I Quit” On this episode of Refactored… The guys go on vacation… or do they? Frank has the unmitigated gall to practice self-care, while Chris works during PTO to achieve maximum self-flagellation. Chris thinks he has a bad power supply unit in his PC, and asks Frank for advice. Frank rails against sales practices that …
 
Refactored #029: “The Great Resignation” On this episode of Refactored… Chris has lots to complain about on Fast Company’s recent article The ‘Great Resignation’ is here. This is how employers should prepare. Frank has a real bone to pick with those lazy MotherFAANGers from the Silicon Valley. In older other news, the guys discuss why Google wants …
 
Refactored #028: “Observability” On this episode of Refactored… The guys discuss software system observability at some length: infrastructure, application performance, and business transaction monitoring. Frank vomits in the back of his mouth when Chris says “surfacing revelant insights.” Chris likes dockprom as a convenient onramp to the Prometheu…
 
Refactored #027: “The Iron Triangle” On this episode of Refactored… You can’t beat the triple constraint… what’s a tech leader to do? Frank points out that Mother Nature always bats last. Chris shares his philosophy around avoiding bad suprises. Frank promises to write an article. When? About what? Will he deliver? Fred Brooks has entered the chat …
 
Refactored #026: “Bottom Line Up Front” On this episode of Refactored… The guys agree, your goal should be oriented towards higher-order work. Office Space killed the term “TPS Report.” Chris draws a hard line: if it’s not in Git, it doesn’t exist. It’s unclear if he would accept Mercurial or Bazaar as acceptable substitutes. Frank, reporting live …
 
Refactored #025: “Multitasking Shmultitasking” On this episode of Refactored… Multitasking - is it actually a thing? Generally… well, no. No, it’s not. Everyone agrees. Does your team have to communicate up and down the Chain of Command for everything? You may have a chest-puffy boss or some lame-o teammates. Chris reveals the true motivation of le…
 
Refactored #023: “Running Interference” On this episode of Refactored… The guys redesign https://refactored.work/ and it looks friggin hot. As an American citizen, does Tony Stark have feudal right to reinstitute Primae Noctis? The guys gush over Haml and Stylus. Chris almost invented a Ruby preprocessor (but didn’t — you’re welcome). Chris didn’t …
 
Refactored #022: “Returning to the Office” On this episode of Refactored… Google is going all out on their return to office transition plan. The Times reports, Verge covers, and the guys add much commentary: sit/stand desks inflatable walls lots of cameras utter tonedeafness For some people, remote work is a bug, not a feature. The guys debate. Chr…
 
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