The roads of China have just got a little more dangerous. My wife has passed her China driving test today!

People of China, save yourself while you can!

According to some reports on social media, two hospitals in Shanghai have been put on lock down and classed as Medium Risk areas. I believe the hospitals to be Renji Hospital and the Fudan Tumour Hospital. Worrying and challenging times ahead.

Some people don't mind being spied on.

Some people are happy as long as their messages are E2EE.

Some people refuse to compromise when it comes to taking control of their personal data.

Those people #GetSession.

This is my local car dealership. It just shows how much has changed in the last 20 years.

Reminder that I wrote a book for struggling programmers called "The Mediocre Programmer". It's a book about helping folks along on their journey with programming, including advice on finding communities, ranking ourselves (spoiler: it's not helpful), backstage vs. performance, and even the emotions surrounding programming. It's a free eBook released under a Creative Commons license. I hope you'll check it out:


I'm sorry guys... I relapsed. After one month clean, I plugged in my windows SSD and booted it up.

Just to get some files off, mind you. But I still felt dirty...

If somebody has a Jabber/XMPP account and could connect with me so I can test my server then please PM me.

Do not do server admin when you have Man Flu as you may drop the wrong database.

Now let’s see if the backup can be found.

The last few days I have been battling with the dry air here in Hefei. My nose has been blocked and really painful. Now my apartment is full of humidifiers, and today I brought a small one for the office. Does anyone else have similar challenges in Winter?

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