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If You're Not Paying for the Product, You Are... Possibly Just Consuming Goodwill for Free

How many times have you heard the old adage about how nothing in life is free: > If you're not paying for the product, you are the product Facebook. LinkedIn. TikTok. But this isn't an internet age thing, the origins go back way further, originally being used to describe TV viewers being served ads [https://www.quora.com/Who-originally-suggested-that-if-youre-not-paying-for-the-product-you-are-the-product] . Sure, TV was "free" in that you don't pay to watch it (screwy UK TV licenses aside), bu...

If You Don't Want Guitar Lessons, Stop Following Me

I've had this blog post in draft for quite some time now, adding little bits to it as the opportunity presented itself. In a essence, it boils down to this: people expressing their displeasure when I post about a topic they're not interested in then deciding to have a whinge that my timeline isn't tailored to their expectation of the things they'd like me to talk about. The key term in that sentence is "my timeline" and as most of this relates to Twitter, there's a very easy way to understand wh...

Sustaining Performance Under Extreme Stress

I started writing this blog post alone in a hotel room in Budapest last September. It was at the absolute zenith of stress; a time when I had never been under as much pressure as I was right at that moment. Project Svalbard (the sale of HIBP which ultimately turned out to be a no-sale) was a huge part of that and it was all happening whilst still being solely responsible for running the project. That much was very broadly known publicly, but what I haven't spoken about until now is that earlier...

10 Personal Finance Lessons for Technology Professionals

> Patience. Frugality. Sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? Those are choices. Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices. This is part of the opening monologue of the Ozark series [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEK9HrQ9E4I] and when I first heard it, I immediately stopped the show and dropped it into this blog post. It's a post that has been many years coming, one I started drafting about...

How I optimised my life to make my job redundant

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed a rather major job change on my behalf [https://www.troyhunt.com/2015/05/so-dust-has-finally-settled.html] recently. The day to day office grind has gone and corporate life is now well and truly behind me, where it will firmly stay. One of the things that amazed me most when I finally wrote about this is how surprised so many people were that I actually had a normal day job: > Can't believe @troyhunt [https://twitter.com/troyhunt] had another jo...

Want to be a better programmer? Have a baby!

Recently I’ve gone through a particularly intensive training program. This program has required a significant contribution of money, time and energy and although it has already been running for four weeks, has only just begun. The thing is though, its already made me a better programmer and the course is pretty easily accessible, in fact some people even stumble across it accidentally; get yourself a baby! What the?! Ok, I know it’s a nonconventional approach but allow me to elaborate. The jo...