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A Fancy European Road Trip

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My wife and I just got back from a week-long vacation in picturesque Scandinavia. To be honest, it was not one of the destinations either of us ever had on our list of places to …

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The Cafe Workspace

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Our team just had an offsite brainstorming meeting at the Workshop Cafe in the heart of the financial district in San Francisco. It is this neat little coffee shop attached to a spacious co-working space, …

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Vancouver’s Housing Problem

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I grew up there as a child and teenager. It was — and is — a beautiful city, one that encompassed all that was friendly and welcoming in the Canadian spirit, …

Bay Area Housing is Still Pretty Crazy

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Few things are as humbling as for a software engineer in silicon valley as dealing with the state of the housing market here. For all the talk about those who build software getting paid more …

Apple Maps and an Issue of Trust

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Okay, it’s been about two months since iOS6 was released with the infamous downgrade from Google Apps to Apple’s own mapping app. Formal apologies and internet-wide bashing aside, I never understood the vitriol coming from …

The “Computers” Section of the Bookstore

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I ran into the local Barnes & Noble today to grab a coffee. It’s been a while, but the well-publicized demise of the traditional bookstore and now literature on paper in general has taken its …