JK Rowling is anti-trans

Today, Jo removed all doubt. Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill If you need to understand why this is bad, readContinue reading JK Rowling is anti-trans

Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability

There’s a saying that if something makes you angry you should wait before writing about it. In June 2016, I signed up my company in South Africa with Mailgun, and shortly thereafter connected a subdomain so we could send emails. We didn’t need 10,000 emails. Rather, we send between 50 – 100 a month, evenContinue reading Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability

This made my day

One of the best sites on the Internet is also one of the most toxic. No, I’m not talking about Twitter, but Stack Overflow. In previous posts I’ve referenced my own issues with the Stack network, and a few years ago I cancelled my account entirely due to the toxicity of some of its membersContinue reading This made my day

Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you

I’m a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what’s happening in the world that isn’t Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don’t use it elsewhere), thereContinue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you

I smite thee, spammers

As the founder of the Smiters of Iniquity, I hereby smite all spammers. Yesterday, ncane.com and I were targeted by spammers, where a spam email went out to (I expect) thousands of people, purporting to be from me (including my personal details from public DNS records), and a short URL generated by ncane.com. An over-eagerContinue reading I smite thee, spammers

South Africa is bankrupt

If you believe all the news, we’re completely bankrupt. There’s no money to fix potholes and traffic lights in Johannesburg, with the (2010® FIFA® World® Cup®)®* fast approaching. There’s no money to run and maintain Eskom, our electricity provider. There’s no money for the pebble-bed nuclear reactor in the Cape. Then there’s the wonderful storyContinue reading South Africa is bankrupt

Various thoughts and comments

The other day I drove behind a woman driving a Mercedes Benz, and who had two small Dachshunds on her lap, sticking their heads out of the driver’s window. How is this safe? — I read that Terry Pratchett is a Humanist. I didn’t quite know what this meant, but it appears at first lookContinue reading Various thoughts and comments

What I did on my day off (Part 4)

Yesterday I took a day of annual leave to sort out some issues pertaining to our upcoming emigration. Stage 4: The medical examination After spending half of our morning in Johannesburg, and the other half in Pretoria, with me driving through a construction site known as the N1 / M1 freeway, dodging idiot drivers, itContinue reading What I did on my day off (Part 4)

What I did on my day off (Part 3)

Yesterday I took a day of annual leave to sort out some issues pertaining to our upcoming emigration. Stage 3: Where the f**k are our medical forms? The Canadian High Commission is in Pretoria, along with most of the other high commissions and embassies. This is because Pretoria is the state capital of South Africa.Continue reading What I did on my day off (Part 3)