Category: Work


Every user query is a puzzle

The user didn’t really mean to give you a level 5 puzzle to solve. But that’s what it is. Every time the user asks you to help him solve a software related problem, he’s giving you a puzzle. Sometimes, it’s a level 1 puzzle, where you don’t even need to fire up your code editor […]


Brain dead

I can’t think. I can’t focus. My thoughts are scattered, flying around of their own volition, out of my reach, out of my control. I believe this is what people call “burnt out”. For the past couple of months, I’ve been coding for, or working on, a few projects. I was either the sole developer, […]


Are you conscientious

My friend is thorough in his analysis and coding. Once, he remarked that he thought about solving a work problem while driving home. While bathing. Just before closing his eyes to sleep. You could call him obsessive, a workaholic. Actually he isn’t. He arrives on time and leaves maybe half an hour after the official […]


Fear of the security panel

Software security is a big thing. You have to be aware of it from day one, and your code must be designed with security in mind. There are no coding details here. Instead, you are going to learn the mentality behind coding for security, and a lesson in human behaviour. And it starts with a […]


Chinese Lunar New Year office decoration

In a couple of weeks, the Chinese Lunar New Year will arrive. The exact date is on the 7 February (Thursday), and the 7th and 8th are public holidays in Singapore. It’s a ritual. Once past their due, our unofficial office decorator will take down the Christmas decorations, and replace them with the Chinese New […]