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a bored consultant on the bench

For some, this is the consulting version of Siberia; lost in a hopeless no-man’s land. Without a plan, you'll have very little to do and what you are assigned is often either busy-work or unfulfilling at best. Like a utility player on a sports team, you are sitting in

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/new convention: think of it as "dotfiles" but "for computers"

Earlier last year I added a /new page to my website at https://ghuntley.com/new/ as a productivity shortcut and partly out of necessity of doing software development from an iPad. Reflections on software development from anywhere on an iPadThe Macbook Pro M1 is the software development laptop of

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No other profession trivialises their profession to the degree of software

Software in 2022 is overwhelmingly built with little to no consequence and is made up of other components which are overwhelmingly developed by unpaid volunteers on an AS-IS basis [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t85TyH-h04] that are being financially neglected [https://twitter.com/mrdanack/status/1469524817946816515]. Systemically, I'm concerned

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Mentoring

Back in 2013, I stumbled upon this blog post [https://brendanforster.com/2013/11/mentoring/] by Brendan Forster [http://twitter.com/shiftkey] which fundamentally changed my career trajectory. Knowing that there was a human I could turn to ask questions related to open-source made all the difference. Ever since then

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$ sudo rm -rf / === npm install

In what seems like a long time ago, in part because it is, I learned the catastrophic capabilities of this command the hard way and I'm sure folks my vintage have similar stories as it's essentially a right of passage in the sysadmin world. Back in 1996, I was 14

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Reflections on software development from anywhere on an iPad

The Macbook Pro M1 is the software development laptop of choice yet I love my iPad considerably more. I'm all in with my thin client for hipsters. Here’s what I’ve learned over the months and how my baremetal homelab in the sky is setup.

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COVIDSafe: Australia’s digital contact tracing failure

I'm here all by myself reading actual peer-reviewed publications from other countries where appropriate technology was rolled out to assist medical professionals whilst Australia remains in shambles.

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death

Having some anxiety about death is an entirely normal part of the human condition. However, for some people, thinking about their own death or the process of dying can cause intense anxiety and fear. Not me, however, I've thought long and hard about it over the years.

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There are six internet links on my office on wheels. Seven when Starlink arrives. Is this the best internet in Australia?

If you are going to work remotely anywhere in Australia from a van, you need damn good internet. Here's how I put together a vehicle with the best internet connectivity in Australia.

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ablution

If you have been thinking about taking on #vanlife then the topic of keeping clean seems daunting at first but in reality, it's quite simple...

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my office is a tent that my employer purchased for me

If you look up on Instagram, you'll see jaw-dropping pictures under the hashtag #vanlife. It's true. The big blue world is freaking beautiful, but beauty comes at a cost.

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toilets

Everybody poops, even women [https://library.bc.edu/answerwall/2019/09/26/do-girls-poop]. Fancy that. Anyway in the spirit of best toilet humour Mr 6 can muster: what did the poop say to the pee? It's simple, move over! Urine my way! > Sorry, all my toilet jokes are pretty shitty

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how long

People routinely ask me how long do you see yourself living in a van for so let's unpack that question shall we? If you have read the my background story of the path that lead to #vanlife [https://ghuntley.com/a-new-chapter] then this post will make more sense. This is

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a new chapter: full-time working from a van in a forest

For many people, the year 2020 will go down as a moment in time of hardship in their lives but for me, the year 2019 was dramatically harder as it was the realization that a long-term relationship wasn't going to work out...

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Receiving mail and parcels in Australia

One of the first challenges of #vanlife in Australia is solving how you will get mail and parcels. Here is a summary of the options.