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From Weakness to Strength

When I first released SETT, a common bit of feedback I'd get was, "It's nice, but it's really slow". This shouldn't have been too surprising to me, given that I hadn't spent any time optimizing it, and didn't know how to, anyway. So I sat down and decided to fix the problem. Now SETT is extremely fast, despite running on a single server with a 6 year old processor. It's far faster than WordPress, but still a bit slower than Tumblr, which is incredibly fast.

What happened? Well, I have a policy-- when something important is a weakness, I try not just to get it up to par, but turn it into a strength. If you look at decisions I've made in my life, you'll see this over and over again. I was terrible with girls, so I became a good pickup artist. I wasn't well traveled so I became a nomad. My posting began to become inconsistent, so I doubled up and started posting twice a week on a consistent schedule. I ate a moderately unhealthy diet, so I got very healthy and strict.

This attitude pervades my entire life and my work. Even in SETT you'll see this all the time. It was slow, so now it's extremely fast. Scrolling deeply-nested comments was a hassle, so I built what several people have told me is the best nested comment interface they've ever seen. It was buggy, so I went overboard with automated testing and QA policies.

Why do I think this is the best approach? Two reasons: accuracy and efficiency.

What Does It Take To Be a Great Dad?

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Over on my entrepreneur + tech blog, I post about an area I'm very familiar with: Technology & startups.

Now, I'm embarking on a much bigger challenge: Fatherhood.

Yep, I'm going to be a dad. Here's a picture of our daughter, who will be joining us sometime in late October 2013:

For now, we're calling her "Baby DROdio."

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