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Books: Self Leadership and The One Minute Manager

I finished reading Self Leadership and The One Minute Manager. In summary, it was short, easy, and moderately useful.Most of the book is written as a story about an advertising account executive who's having a hard time at work and feels like he's right about to lose his job. That made it interesting and very easy to read. There are a few nuggets of wisdom. However, I wouldn't put it on the same level as some of my other favorite books, like "Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life".Nonetheless, at a mere 140 pages, it was worth reading, and I think it'll impact my thinking going forward. For instance, have you ever experienced being really excited about starting a new job, but then feeling like you were right about to quit (or on the verge of getting fired) once reality hit, and you realized it was going to be a lot harder than you originally thought? It talks a lot about coping with that.Disclaimer: The book was given to me.

My Short Review of Visual Studio Code

I decided to try out Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. I think it's a useful open source project with a lot of potential, and I congratulate Microsoft on their contributions to the open source community. On the other hand, I think I'll still with IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition and Sublime Text 3 for the time being. I used it for a few days after watching some of the videos. What follows is not a full review, but rather a few thoughts based on my experience.VS Code is usable. On the other hand, a few of the extensions that I picked were buggy. They either munged the source code in clearly broken ways, or they caused the editor to go into a weird, infinite loop where it kept trying to edit and then save the text. I think the situation will improve with time--Rome wasn't built in a day.One thing I really missed was being able to search for multiple things at the same time. In IntelliJ, I often start a carefully crafted search as part of a refactoring effort. That search tab…

Having Fun with Linux on Windows on a Mac

I thought I'd have a little fun. Here's a picture of Linux running on Windows on a Mac. I'm running Linux in two ways:In the top left, I'm running bash on Ubuntu inside Docker for Windows.In the bottom left, I'm not actually running Linux. I'm running "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows" using Microsoft's "Windows Subsystem for Linux".I'm running it all on a Mac I borrowed from work because I don't actually own any Windows machines :-P