Why I don't own a smartphone

When you tell people that you don’t have a smart phone, you can see the cogs start to spin. Maybe he has broken or lost it they think.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on consumerism, daily, and smartphone

Common Fixes For Sadness

Have you got a dose of the blues? The blues come and go, and this list is the first port of call to make sure you have the basics covered.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on common, fixes, sadness, daily, and psychology

Google Sheets Habit Tracker

I have created a simple habit tracker using Google Sheets which you can find here.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on google, sheets, habit, tracker, and daily

Early thoughts on Extreme Production and real life

I recently read a book about extreme production and many aspects resonated with me. My one question to the author (Craig Burgess) is how do you stick to your goals when life gets in the way.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on extreme, production, interruptions, and daily

Reductionist Retrospectives

We can recognize software scope creep, but do we notice the slow creep of extra process on our workflow?

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on retrospectives, reductionist, and daily

Experiences using liberating structures

Liberating structures promise to unleash innovation, creativity and great ideas. Here I capture my thoughts and feelings, from my experiences with liberating microstructures.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on liberating, structures, and experiences

Spring Kafka with SSL and SCRAM

I needed to implement a Spring Kafka listener with authentication using SCRAM via SASL. I couldn’t find an example configuration and had to piece it together, here is a short post about what I came up with.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on Spring, Kafka, SSL, and SCRAM

EBCDIC Character Format - A Guide

This aims to explain what EBCDIC is and give an overview how to use it. If you want to read about its history, have a look at the wiki page (also take a look at the joke section). Also includes the command to do EBCDIC Cobol to ASCII conversions.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on EBCDIC, Cobol, packing, and copybooks

MacOS UK Dvorak Keyboard Layout

This page offers a download to a Max OS X version of the Dvorak keyboard layout with UK punctuation.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on Keyboard, Dvorak, Mac, OS, and X

Windows UK Dvorak Keyboard Layout

This prompted me to make this blog. As I didn’t really think the current place for the dvorak keyboard was the right place.

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Author's profile picture Niall Bunting on Keyboard, Dvorak, Microsoft, and Windows