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Ask HN: What do you use to manage dotfiles?
82 points by polm23  2 days ago   85 comments top 45
StreakyCobra 2 days ago 7 replies      
I use:

 git init --bare $HOME/.myconf alias config='/usr/bin/git --git-dir=$HOME/.myconf/ --work-tree=$HOME' config config status.showUntrackedFiles no
where my ~/.myconf directory is a git bare repository. Then any file within the home folder can be versioned with normal commands like:

 config status config add .vimrc config commit -m "Add vimrc" config add .config/redshift.conf config commit -m "Add redshift config" config push
And so one

No extra tooling, no symlinks, files are tracked on a version control system, you can use different branches for different computers, you can replicate you configuration easily on new installation.

berdario 2 days ago 0 replies      
Ansible and my own python script.

I use ansible, to template my gitconfig for different unix machines, and to install software that might be referenced in a dotfile



(I have a separate branch for windows, but I found out that branches are not a good solution for this, since unlike feature branches, they'll never be truly merged... and unlike maintainance branches, they'll never stop being touched due to being out of maintanance)

And I use my own script, to also support Windows (since ansible supports windows targets, but cannot be used from Windows)... I defined this table with the destination for the symlinks (or, in the case of .ghci the destination where to copy it, since symlinking it wouldn't work)


mintplant 2 days ago 1 reply      
profsnuggles 2 days ago 0 replies      
Git and Xstow. I have a small shell script that parses the xstow.ini file and creates all the directories I have listed under the [keep-dirs] directive in order to prevent it from deleting empty directories or replacing them with links.

 #!/usr/bin/env bash #Read the keep directories from xstow.ini ini="$(<'xstow.ini')" IFS=$'\n' && ini=( ${ini} ) ini=( ${ini[*]/\ =/=} ) # remove tabs before = ini=( ${ini[*]/=\ /=} ) # remove tabs after = ini=( ${ini[*]/\ =\ /=} ) # remove anything with a space around = #for each keep dir make sure it exists in the home dir for i in ${ini[@]} do if [[ $i =~ ^\ *dir ]] then eval $i mkdir $dir fi done

s_kilk 2 days ago 1 reply      
I just rebuild them by hand whenever I need to.

It helps weed out the crap I've accumulated since the last machine rebuild, and makes sure I don't end up with an ever-growing hairball of dotfile madness.

gjulianm 2 days ago 1 reply      
I think no one has mentioned rcm[1]. I just maintain a private git repository cloned in .dotfiles in each system I own, and use rcm to set up symbolic links properly. It works pretty well with directories and lets you choose between creating and populating it with symlinks, or just symlinking the whole directory. For example, I can symlink the full .vim directory (including git submodules) and only link some files inside the .ssh directory (link the config file to my .dotfiles repo but leave ssh keys alone).

1: https://robots.thoughtbot.com/rcm-for-rc-files-in-dotfiles-r...

knlje 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have all my dotfiles in Dropbox and create symlinks to those. I require some 'quasi-secrets' in my configs and therefore I do not use Github.
celadevra_ 2 days ago 3 replies      
Emacs Org-mode's org-babel functionality. I have a few org-mode files storing all the dotfiles, put under version control. I can update and deploy them from within Emacs.
Kototama 2 days ago 0 replies      
ssh0 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I use bash based dotfiles manager "dot".

* https://github.com/ssh0/dot

And I have dotfiles repository at GitHub.Some files are hosted in Dropbox (for API keys and etc.).

my dotfiles:

* https://github.com/ssh0/dotfiles

RazorX 1 day ago 0 replies      
I have a modular family of git repos with a 'dotfiles' one that pulls in the dependencies via bower and handles various bootstrapping and install steps. I also have one for my system config which works similarly. Vim, zsh, and tmux have their own standalone repos with one step install and updating scripts. They are written as normal plugins that load other plugins.

I want to avoid vendor lock-in to something like chef for this. The idea is that everything is either defined in a tool-agnostic config file, and bootstrapping / installing / updating the dependencies is handled by simple shell scripts. Down the road I can always swap out the tooling (bower, config_curator, archutil) without updating code in my repos since state is defined as data.

I don't like syslinks or putting ~/ under git as I don't want my working tree to affect my dotfiles until I run an "install" command.



git-pull 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've probably spent hundreds of hours across all my configs over the years. In the old days, I'd rsync config files manually. Having frustrating times where I had to start everything over again.

I have a lot to say on the subject.

1. Like other users here, git is a great way version your files. Not just that, it handles the issue you have with keeping the configs of various systems in sync.

1b. It doesn't have to be GitHub, but understand pushing to some remote gives you a backup, and a way to keep the latest configs you have in sync across multiple machines.

2. As a rule of thumb, the more POSIX compliant you are, the more cross-compatible your dot-configs will be. In my case, a great deal of my config works superbly across Ubuntu, FreeBSD and OS X with no modification whatsoever.

3. dotfiles (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/dotfiles) is very helpful for building those initial symlinks.

4. Tangentially related is PATH's. Definitely be sure you're not accidentally appending multiple one's over again or omitting ones you want to search. For this, I recommend a pathappend function like one used at http://superuser.com/a/753948.

5. As for managing vim / neovim, I'm coming to the realization the amount of time I've spent trying to configure completion / fix tiny things over the years probably makes me lose the net benefit vim has given me. Too bad there is no intellij for the CLI. In any event, I keep a vim config at https://github.com/tony/vim-config which I document extensively. It has quite a lot of bells and whistles, but lazy loads and checks the system before installing certain plugins. It should work with neovim too.

I keep my central dot-configs (along with its submodules) at https://github.com/tony/.dot-config. Its permissively licensed, so feel free to copy whatever you'd like.

vok5 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have everything in ~/dotfiles which is a git repository here: https://github.com/dmarcoux/dotfiles. Basically, I use GNU Stow to symlink what I need. I have master which contains common config and one branch per computer. Everything is explained in the README, in more details if you want do know more. It's not perfect yet, I still have some small irritants, but I'm quite happy with this setup.
jamescun 2 days ago 2 replies      
I see a trend of people maintaining a GitHub repo called `dotfiles` for their public configurations, myself included for zsh/tmux/vim/git. I haven't found a satisfactory way to sync secrets between machines other than via sneakernet.


kiesel 1 day ago 0 replies      
I use homeshick (https://github.com/andsens/homeshick), a - as I understand - rewrite of homesick (ruby) in bash.

It needs to be sourced in .{bash,z}shrc and has features like tracking files from multiple repos (so called "castles"), auto-linking, auto-update every X days.

We also use it in our dev team to share some config (and ~/bin) files, works fine.

simi_ 2 days ago 1 reply      
I keep all my dotfiles in a repo at ~/cfg, and have a script to perform tasks such as creating symlinks (e.g. ~/.emacs.el -> ~/cfg/emacs.el) and installing brew, antigen, etc.


chrisseaton 2 days ago 0 replies      
I try not to deviate from configuration default so that I don't need to manage any dot files.
riquito 2 days ago 0 replies      
I use a git repository, cloned in .myconfigs, with a script that create a symlink for any file in it (apart from .git and a couple more)


The usage is

 git clone git@github.com:username/configs.git ~/.myconfigs cd ~/.myconfigs ./reinstall.sh
Whenever I update the repository, maybe adding files, I run this in the other computers:

 cd ~/.myconfigs git pull --ff-only ./reinstall.sh
which simply refresh the symlinks (I should remove stale symlinks now that I think about it, for removed configurations - never happened yet)

Brajeshwar 2 days ago 0 replies      
Heard good things about stow[1]. Haven't moved to it personally. I'm still stuck with manual symlinks.

1. https://www.gnu.org/software/stow/

arc0re 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just git and Github.I have two folders, a .dotfiles (https://github.com/Arc0re/dotfiles) that contains stuff like .emacs (for each OS), .bashrc/.zshrc, etc, which I symlink into my $HOME folder, and an elisp (https://github.com/Arc0re/mac-elisp) folder that contains my Emacs themes and plugins.
rcconf 1 day ago 0 replies      
My entire machine is setup using Ansible, Homebrew and Homebrew Cask. It works pretty well.



charlieegan3 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have a GitHub repo with a script that sets everything up. https://github.com/charlieegan3/dotfiles

Seems to be quite a common pattern: https://github.com/search?o=desc&q=dotfiles&s=stars&type=Rep...

trengrj 2 days ago 0 replies      
I have a little Makefile that symlinks everything (WIP) https://github.com/trengrj/dotfiles/blob/master/Makefile.

I was previously using an automated Ruby script but found it inflexible and so have switched to a hand coded Makefile.

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srijanshetty 1 day ago 3 replies      
I use vcsh and my, I even wrote a blog post about it:https://srijanshetty.in/technical/vcsh-mr-dotfiles-nirvana/
pedrospdc 2 days ago 1 reply      
I use Homesick (https://github.com/technicalpickles/homesick).

It's basically a dotfile manager. Symbolically links your stuff and runs scripts.

sgtpep 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just git.

 cd ~ git init git remote add origin https://sgtpep@github.com/sgtpep/dotfiles.git git fetch git checkout -ft origin/master git config status.showUntrackedFiles no

thiht 1 day ago 1 reply      

 cd ~ git init
And add this to a .gitignore:

 # Ignore everything * # Except the dotfiles I explicitely want to share !.vimrc !.tmux.conf # ...

girvo 2 days ago 0 replies      
I don't use anything, to be honest. My good friend wrote and uses this however: https://github.com/ncraike/dither
YesThatTom2 2 days ago 0 replies      
Obsessive Compulsive Directoryhttp://wiki.eater.org/ocd

It is a very simple system for keeping your dotfiles (and other files) in Git.

lawpoop 1 day ago 0 replies      
I put several of my dotfiles as gists on github's gist site, in addition to storing my home directory in a repo.
gtf21 2 days ago 0 replies      
git + symlinks (https://github.com/gfarrell/dotfiles).I use a makefile to set everything up
hiyer 1 day ago 0 replies      
AndrewVos 2 days ago 0 replies      
thekaleb 2 days ago 0 replies      
My ~/.config directory is a git repository. I use some environment variables for utilities (like vim) that do not support the XDG spec.
ejrgoiejgeoi 2 days ago 0 replies      
bandrami 2 days ago 0 replies      
tar, scp, and a VPS server I've had for longer than I can remember (it's still running Lenny, if that helps -- its OpenSSL was too old to be vulnerable to Heartbleed...). Every new install, I scp the tarball and extract it to my home directory.
yuvadam 2 days ago 0 replies      
dotfiles repo on Github + GNU Stow
0x142857 2 days ago 0 replies      
nobody mentioned mackup? https://github.com/lra/mackup
yoshuaw 2 days ago 0 replies      
ejrgoiejgeoi 2 days ago 0 replies      
mr + vcsh
Ask HN: Do you know of any bootcamps for computer security?
8 points by jc_811  16 hours ago   4 comments top 3
runjake 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Offensive Security's PWK course is probably your best bet. In-depth training and a highly-regarded certification. Online mentoring via web forums and IRC and they are great folks.

I went through PWK and its predecessor PWB.

It's pretty damned cheap and you can get from 30-90 days lab time. I recommend 90 days, though.

It is kinda boot camp style and pretty demanding. You will learn how to chase the EIP CPU register and write your own exploits, as well as web vulns, sqli, etc etc.


dsacco 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Cody Brocious used to run Breaker 101, that's the only "bootcamp" I'm aware of.

If you'd like to learn, read The Web Application Hacker's Handbook. That's all you need for a strong start.

a_lifters_life 16 hours ago 1 reply      
Check out Sans.org
Ask HN: What are the best options for cloud IDEs?
10 points by JadoJodo  13 hours ago   11 comments top 10
nkristoffersen 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Codio has been my favorite. Very great for web development. I used it for a couple years to program from chrome books!However, their business model has shifted to a more education focus, so I can't say if they'll continue to focus as much on badass web development ide.
flxn 1 hour ago 0 replies      
One that was not mentioned is Codeanywhere https://codeanywhere.com
JadoJodo 11 hours ago 0 replies      
One of the ones I recall seeing (and can't remember) allowed you to use your own Digital Ocean/AWS instance instead of using theirs. I've also seen an old post on reddit suggesting a DIY instance of Codebox (https://github.com/CodeboxIDE/codebox) but it no longer appears to be updated.

The others I've heard of are Koding (https://koding.com/features/solo#get-started), Codio (https://codio.com), and Runnable (https://runnable.io/, doesn't appear to be an IDE).

joeyspn 13 hours ago 1 reply      
A couple of weeks ago, researching options for remote pair programming I signed up to Cloud9... and I was quite (positively) surprised! They give you a full VM/container so you can play with a proper Terminal..

I only disliked one thing.. I couldn't install yeoman for scaffolding some apps.. I don't know why! I'll need more research...

noodlio 13 hours ago 0 replies      
My personal favorite: Cloud9 (c9.io). Includes many built-in functionalities and they have a responsive support team.
MattF 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I like Nitrous (nitrous.io/) - they have just reintroduced a free plan.

I use it to code C++. It's nowhere near the levels of VS2015, obviously, but it allows me to have a free dev box in the cloud.

fgandiya 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'd been using Cloud 9 c9.io. It's really good since it gives you a terminal and repl shell to play with.

The only issue is that c9 seems more suited for web development.

arc0re 13 hours ago 0 replies      
You can have a look at Eclipse Che, I tested it not so long ago and it was pretty good.
rpetersn 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Loving Cloud9 (c9.io) We've been using it for over a year now as our primary team development tool and couldn't be happier.
quintes 5 hours ago 0 replies      
codenvy.com was neat but I ended up going back to net beans and Visual studio
Aging, mediocre programmer seeks wise fellow programmers/technical folks
8 points by dennis_jeeves  11 hours ago   5 comments top 4
coderKen 8 hours ago 0 replies      
"most technical work or any work that requires deep focused thinking is a race to the bottom" - how is this true?
thorin 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't see this being the case in bigger companies in the uk e.g. government, health, utilities, finance. It will definitely help if you have some business specific knowledge too. Try to match this to where you live I'm in the Midlands and there are a lot of utilities and retail companies who can't get enough people, same with banking and finance in London.
andkon 10 hours ago 0 replies      
That's tough that you feel that technical work is a race to the bottom. Do you feel like you're falling behind?
orionblastar 10 hours ago 1 reply      
I am 47 and on disability. I became disabled in 2003 and I get mentally ill in 2001. Had a hard time finding work after I became mentally ill. Also I was old, and ageism came into play as well. When I applied for jobs I was told I was overqualified. That is if they bothered to reply back at all.

I think when you get older in IT and you don't make it into management positions, it is harder to find work. Most companies want recent college graduates because they earn a lower salary and they have all of the latest theories still fresh in their minds.

Ask HN: How to induce productive mania?
4 points by throwawaytoday2  12 hours ago   6 comments top 4
logn 8 hours ago 2 replies      
Try building something instead of learning something.

Also while programming I find I can stay productive if I always leave my project workspace where there's a bug or half-implemented feature I can start the next day.

andkon 11 hours ago 0 replies      
If you're working on something hard, and you're working on something you care about, and you're pushing the limits of what you're capable of (but stopping short of being overwhelmed completely), you can do this.

But most of the time, several of those factors aren't ones you can control. The reality is that we have to work on mundane shit that we don't care about pretty frequently. Learning how to do that is much harder than learning how to be maniacally into something insanely cool.

kluck 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Why I can not control what you mean:

1. Not much free time to code besides job, family and life.

2. Not possible while coding at work. That stuff is just too random and boring to be exciting.

So I suppose to induce "productive mania" you could:

1. Get big chunks of free time.

2. Do stuff you are excited about. Do them because You want to and not because of some other goal (like getting money, attention, rewards etc.).

I manage to get that for very small scripts that I program in order to get some small things done for me personally. Those things (I hesitate to call them tasks or projects) are always done quick, work like a charm and do exactly what I need. It gives me a good feeling.

ldehaan 8 hours ago 0 replies      
When I get like this I can write code and design systems as easily as breathing, but only for short stints, and once I go to bed and get a full nights sleep I'm done for a couple days.

It's like hyper vigilance but all I see is the computer, it's awesome (probably unhealthy), but I can't turn it on and off. There are triggers that usually work though.

If I stay up playing past 10pm it almost always turns on, and all of a sudden it's 4am and I've got standup in a couple hours, but I got a shit load completed.

I used to be able to take a lot of uppers, like smoking and drinking too much coffee/red bull, and that would stretch it out, but I can't do that anymore because I want to live past 40.

So now I get the effects over shorter periods of time, and really only when I stay up late.

I also find that when I'm really exhausted from lack of sleep, it actually kicks in faster, but when I do that, I just end up sleeping all weekend because I invariably end up working on something until 4am every day.

I'm still trying to figure out how to attain that extreme level of focus at will but it feels like it would require me to stop focusing on computers/electronics to try to figure it out, and that simply won't do.

Options on Facebook ads as a financial product
3 points by mjnet  13 hours ago   3 comments top 3
thenomad 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Slightly confused - who's generating the ads in this scenario, and who's paying for the ad space?
bbcbasic 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Business owner with great conversions won't participate. Business owner with sucky conversions will.

See http://www.investopedia.com/terms/l/lemons-problem.asp

noodlio 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Interesting, but how do you control/check that there was (not) a conversion?
Ask HN: Any drawbacks to Sublime Text 3 update?
7 points by hanniabu  19 hours ago   9 comments top 7
ksherlock 18 hours ago 0 replies      
There's a new and improved syntax format. Which cleaned up some problems and errors in the old syntax formats. However it turns out some people preferred the way stuff used to look.

If you spent days adjusting your themes to be just so and get violently enraged at other colors, it's probably best you hold off on any updates.

monroepe 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I don't like the look quite as much in Sublime 3 and the ColdFusion plugin doesn't seem to work (obviously not going to be a problem for most people). Otherwise I haven't seen any issues. But I also haven't noticed much of a reason to switch if you aren't having any problems with Sublime Text 2. I installed Sublime 3 after Sublime 2 started failing to search properly and had issues opening some of my projects.
lorenzhs 18 hours ago 2 replies      
Lots of people have been using the beta and dev versions for a long time, it's a lot faster and there are lots of upsides. I used it for a long time (switched to Emacs recently) and found it superior to ST2 in just about every regard.
saluki 17 hours ago 0 replies      
No issues so far with the latest ST3 update installed.
rawrmaan 19 hours ago 0 replies      
The update has been working well for me.
toocute2care 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Themes are not working properly.
EvanPlaice 18 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been using it for a while and can't say that I've experienced any issues.

One difference is that the SublimeLinter for ST3 doesn't come packaged with language-specific linters. Instead, they're separated into their own packages. This may be a 'pain point' if you're switching but I consider it a good long-term design decision on the part of the SL devs.

Ask HN: Best places in Europe to leave city life and work on your projects?
37 points by thrrrrr  1 day ago   26 comments top 16
mhoad 1 day ago 2 replies      
Can I very strongly recommend this http://sende.co/

I was looking for exactly the same thing about 9 months ago and came across this. My girlfriend and I visited and we weren't sure what to expect at all. We immediately fell in love with the place and ended up buying a house there (for under $10k).

The couple who are 'running' it are amazing people and are looking to turn this entire Spanish village into one big makerspace.

trumbitta2 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Cagliari - Sardinia - Italy

Lovely city, optic fiber (not everywhere), LTE/4G, Sardinia is a paradise for beaches and mountains alike.


Also: https://www.guidemeright.com/ was born in Cagliari

thecupisblue 1 day ago 1 reply      
Croatia!Flights from UK can cost around 10 euros sometimes, you can get a place for real cheap (under 100 GBP per month), beer costs about 1-1.5 GBP in bars, lunch in a restaurant can be as low as 2.5 GBP and life in general is pretty cheap (most people here live on 300-350 GBP per month). You can live on the seaside, on an island, in the mountains, in a city or combination of any of those. Literally, pick any 2 and you can find a place like that.
Leander_B 1 day ago 2 replies      
Tarifa (ES), has some small 'digital nomad' scene and nature, sea and mountains. Other option is Granada (ES), some of the highest mountains of Europe, good weather but nature/mountains a bit dry compared to Switzerland

Brasov (RO), fast internet (faster than UK), good food, friendly people and more nature and mountains (Carpates) than you can hope for (and bears for bonus points). Also good priced vs Switzerland and nature wise looking very similar, Brasov and surroundings being more unspoiled. With what you would spend in Switzerland you'll be able to live 3-4 months in Brasov in the same conditions.

dwgetjg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Pomorie, Bulgaria. Try a quick Google image search and you'll get the picture. Small town colonized since ancient Thracian times with beautiful beaches, a salt lake of unique biodiversity, and magnificent vineyards - quiet even during peak tourist season.

Fast internet, delicious food, cheap rent, and an abundance of talented programmers.

A 2hr drive takes you into one of 3 mountain ranges (Balkan, Rila, Pirin), a 5 minute walk takes you to windsurfing or any variety of watersports.

(If you're looking for a place to stay or have any questions -- okolobeta@gmail.com)

thorin 1 day ago 0 replies      
Don't go to Switzerland. Flying into Malaga southern Spain there are lovely mountain areas between seville and Granada, Google el chorro for example. Or east of Rome about an hour or two are some wonderful mountain regions-you might find a hotel near sulmona. Or mallorca, sardinia, sicily all have fabulous scenery, history, lifestyle.
ponyous 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you like Switzerland you will like Slovenia, countryside is not that much different, it's not expensive to live and you have lots of nice places to visit. There are not lots of meetups though...
phillc73 1 day ago 0 replies      
How big do the mountains need to be?

I moved from London to Graz, Austria[0] a couple of years ago. The city has a population of roughly 300k and is surrounded by large hills.

There are some really good universities here, so quite a lot of interesting research happening, and a decent night life (although with a young family I don't get to see much of it).

A car would be useful for exploring the countryside, but a bicycle would certainly see you in the middle of "nature" easily within 30 minutes ride.

Speaking German would help, but not mandatory, as almost everyone speaks some English. If you have your own projects to work on, then you're in a good position. Trying to find employment here, without speaking German, is quite difficult, mostly due to the small population base.

There is an English speaking language group that meets at a bar on Thursday nights.[1]

There are around half a dozen co-working spaces which charge in the region of 20-25 per day, with discounts for monthly commitments.[2]

Transport to and from the UK isn't brilliant. There are no cheap direct flights (some might see this as a positive!), so your options are Lufthansa with a connection somewhere, or train to Vienna and direct on Austrian or Easyjet from there.

In short, it's a nice little city, reasonable climate, good architecture, decent cultural attractions especially in semester, good natural surroundings, but if you're from somewhere big in the UK, like London, it'll seem very, very quiet.

Happy to help if you want more info.

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

[1] http://www.anglo-austrian.at/

[2] http://coworkinggraz.net/

roryisok 1 day ago 0 replies      
West of Ireland! Ok, I'm biased, I live here. But the scenery is nice, the pace is easy going, and everyone speaks english. It's also not going to break the bank to get here. It's not nearly as expensive here as Switzerland / Norway / Sweden etc. Westport in Co. Mayo is surrounded by beautiful scenery and was voted best place to live in Ireland. Pretty views, nice friendly people and great food. Internet can be slow if you venture away from towns, but most towns have decent speeds.
marvel_boy 1 day ago 1 reply      
Barcelona & Lisbon.
atmosx 1 day ago 0 replies      
Greek Islands (e.g. Crete) can be both cheap and beautiful.

Central Europe, from Lago di Como (IT) to Konstanz (DE) - breathtakingly beautiful German city that borders with Switzerland - there are lots of amazing places.

thorin 1 day ago 0 replies      
Morocco, marrakesh or essourira would also be a cheap option.
rbeard 13 hours ago 0 replies      
West of Scotland is worth considering.
gspyrou 1 day ago 1 reply      
Santorini , Greece.
jekbao 1 day ago 0 replies      
Outside of Europe.

What about Asia like Thailand and Indonesia?

stuaxo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wales near Snowdonia ?
Ask HN: What is your favorite forum?
9 points by xgordon  22 hours ago   11 comments top 7
qihqi 20 hours ago 1 reply      
Reddit!ps. please don't kick me out I haven't mentioned 4chan yet.pps. oops.
beckler 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Although not really a true forum, Atlanta's AWDG has a public slack that's pretty active.


eecks 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Nearly every forum I have enjoyed has been destroyed by over moderation.. Which made Reddit a joy to use at first but most of the subreddits are over moderated
buzzdenver 21 hours ago 1 reply      
nugget 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Bogleheads.org is a great personal finance forum dedicated to low cost index fund investing. Great discussions just like here.
awareBrah 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I love HN for intellectual stimulation. For everything else nothing can top bodybuilding dot com's Misc forum.
dmm 17 hours ago 1 reply      
Ask HN: Should I gauge interest in my app or go straight to release?
7 points by MegaLeon  16 hours ago   7 comments top 5
rcavezza 16 hours ago 1 reply      
You don't need to launch this to get feedback. I would cold email five people who you think will find it useful.

Ask them if they have this problem you're trying to solve. Ask if they currently use something to solve that problem. Ask them for their feedback and if they'd be willing to pay for this service.

You can find emails pretty easily by using any of the following tools: saleshacker, voilanorbert, toofr, curtact, or http://emailhunter.co

If you can't get people in your target market with this painpoint to answer your email, you will have a hard time finding your first customers.

siquick 14 hours ago 0 replies      
This is an excellent read by Justin Mares (co-author of the excellent Traction book).


Find out if people actually want your product before you build it.

`80/20 Validation: The Cheap and Fast Way to Prove a BusinessHow to easily test a business idea in 2 weeks with less than $100`


monknomo 16 hours ago 0 replies      
You could start with a landing page to gauge the level of interest, and then change your deploy plans based on the interest level?
pavornyoh 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Why not post it here and get feedback from here before proceeding to a fully polished version?
burkestar 12 hours ago 0 replies      
The best book on this subject is Lean Startup. Build, test, iterate. Put something out there, gather feedback and adjust.

Also consider the "show HN" to get feedback from the hacker news community.

DustyBooks Sell and Buy textbooks with other students on Campus
3 points by charly1811  17 hours ago   discuss
Ask HN: Feels like my brain doesn't want to work anymore
29 points by testpass  2 days ago   22 comments top 9
imd23 2 days ago 1 reply      
I Will tell you something I wish my psychology would had told me: go some weeks to the coolest hostel you can. Don't go with your laptop, go just to have fun, meet people, to enjoy your present, that you are fucking alive. In fact if the hostel is good, you will be able to make at least 20 new "friends" almost fucking instantly. You will hear so many different life stories and you will tell yours. This year I went to one with some friends after living a big depression of the same "working" feeling and just by the second day I was feeling "fuck I wish I had done this way before ". I overstayed alone for two more weeks than my friends. I even ended working in and from the hostel and staying for free. Hope it helps you as it did for me.
junto 2 days ago 1 reply      
Life is a balance. This persistent lack of sleep, stress and over-exertion needs to be given back. Your mind and body are trying to tell you something. You need to listen.

Take some time off if you can afford it. Travelling is a good way to get away from everything related to work. No computers and mobile phone.

When you come back, you'll have lots of new perspectives, new ideas and feel refreshed.

I'm not sure where you live, but if you are in the US, try a flight down to central America with a backpack and a good pair of walking boots, keep your mind open, watch your back and you'll have a blast.

The backpacking trail through central America is awesome. Depending on how frugal you are, you can live pretty cheaply.

jlangenauer 2 days ago 0 replies      
It takes time to recover from burnout - sometimes months. The best thing for you to do is just let that take its course, and not try to push yourself back to 100%. That will only bake in the burnout, and it'll take longer for your to recover.

So go on holidays, meet with friends, read fiction, find some new hobbies. Whatever gives you pleasure, and isn't work, or an attempt to push yourself.

And with time, you will find yourself returning to how you were.

onion2k 2 days ago 0 replies      
But... it's not the 100% capacity I know I can exhibit.

That'll be the 100% capacity that you did for a while and it burnt you out, right?

No one can work at "100% capacity" forever. You need to rest, to relax, and to do things that aren't work and aren't "productive". That downtime is recuperative and informative. As counterproductive as it might sound, taking time away from your computer to do other things makes you a better developer.

Working at what feels like 90% all the time is better than working at 100% for 6 months and then working at 40% for the following 6 months when you're burnt out.

thenomad 2 days ago 5 replies      
Just in case the occasional anti-games mentality rears its ugly head around here: whilst there are lots of good suggestions coming up, games are certainly a pretty solid way to relax too.

In the last couple of months I've been recovering from mild-to-moderate burnout symptoms myself, and a lot of how I've been doing that is playing The Witcher 3. It works. (It probably helps if the game you're playing is one of the most astonishing artistic creations of the last couple of years, to be fair.)

The big thing is this: you can't force it. One plausible explanation for burnout is that it's a defense mechanism from your subconscious against excessive delayed gratification: if you're very self-disciplined and work very hard on something that you think will give you rewards in the end, but doesn't whilst you're doing it, then don't get those rewards, after a while you start building up subconscious resistance to doing that again.

It sounds like you're not too long away from the death-march project. If so, just give it some more time of not trying to do things (counter-intuitive and often scary for highly motivated people, I know), and see how you're doing in a month or two.

Outdoorsman 1 day ago 0 replies      
This can be a crazy profession that will willingly chew people up...

Realize that....when money's to be made some will drive you until you can no longer function....

There's a lot to life...part of it is fast-lane, part of it is slow-lane...different parts have their purpose...

What matters is which lane is right for you right now...choose wisely, and take care of yourself...

sharmi 1 day ago 0 replies      
If travelling is not your cup of tea, doing a little creative art work ( or anything that can be done is a short time and have a tangible result to show for it) can do wonders.

One of the causes of burnout is putting in long hours to finish something that later amounts to nothing (because it never gets released or the end product is much below your expectations). All work and no satisfaction.

In such cases, small work that can be accomplished in a few hours can give back the oomph factor and infuse some energy into one's life. Glass painting worked marvels for me. Nowadays I find it fun to just take my time and colour a picture with crayons :) Yep I have kids.

A cross country hike or some carpentry maybe?

cabraca 2 days ago 0 replies      
you are like a battery. if you need to work 100%, you also need time to recharge. take a vacation, without laptop, without phone, far away from tech. take some friends with your and just clear your head.
911 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Doing cold emails? helps us prove this concept for closing more leads
8 points by going_to_800  1 day ago   10 comments top 5
nibs 20 hours ago 1 reply      
How do your customers contact you? That is how you should approach prospects. If they use the phone, so do you, etc.

A) It depends on the market you are selling into. I think for people >35 or non-tech people, the knowledge of live chat isn't there. We have found in our sales efforts that offering people 1. An email we monitor regularly and 2. A phone number that reaches a competent person, is best. It is pretty much 50/50 how people reach out, what matters more is how quickly you clue in to their actual problem.

B) Our market is not tech-savvy and requires us to communicate using more typical business communication methods such as email and phone (as opposed to live chat). We tried live chat, and no one ever used it. It was more overhead to support (be online, etc.) than it gained us. The answer lies in who you sell to.

notahacker 23 hours ago 1 reply      
A few points

(1) Some industries use live chat substantially more than others. Many developers will prefer it to a phone call; other workers more inclined to communicate quicker and more effectively by talking than typing.

(2) You're not really replacing 5 back-and-forth emails with the average person. You're replacing asking the prospect to either phone you back or send one email suggesting a time to call them.(If they take 5 emails before they agree to talk to you, they probably won't click on your live chat link either)

(3) Live chat actually has most of the perceived disadvantages of both email (lots of typing, uncertainty over when the other party will actually reply when initiating contact, less human interaction, permanent record of any mistakes) and telephone (immediate response expected once the conversation has started, irrespective of interruptions or whether it's a really complicated question)

I can imagine this working pretty well for selling to developers and startups and pretty badly for selling to (e.g) other salespeople, professional services, traditional middle management.

manidoraisamy 1 day ago 0 replies      
a) I think it is a great idea.b) My co-founder already does something similar on LinkedIn. He sends a LinkedIn request if there is interest to the email and chats on that. Seems to work well. If you can remove the friction of connecting on LinkedIn, it might work quite well.
tmaly 23 hours ago 1 reply      
I like the idea of being able to switch to live chat, but how would you be on call 24/7 that is a lot of effort.
going_to_800 22 hours ago 0 replies      
More about this on http://chatpage.io
Real Estate: What annoys landlords most?
4 points by SdApartmenyGuy  18 hours ago   2 comments top 2
gamechangr 17 hours ago 0 replies      
The Landlord space has been improved significantly in the last five years.

My brother owns a leasing company and he says that most people that list with him, do so because they are move/relocated for work related projects.

His biggest problem is finding quality subcontractors. He says that it used to be tracking (administrative) all the information, but there are all these cheap programs aimed at fixing that now.

Hope that helps.

goodJobWalrus 16 hours ago 0 replies      
What bothered me the most is that our agent was shit, and that we were paying them all that money for so little work, but we didn't have a reason to believe that one other firm would be any better, so we stayed with them.
Roubini predicted bear market in 2016 three years ago
4 points by rossdavidh  19 hours ago   4 comments top
seattle_spring 19 hours ago 3 replies      
He's also been wrong many times. If I throw a coin into the air 100 times and guess the outcome at random, I'll be right at least a few times. Does that make me a coin-predicting visionary?
Ask HN: How do you keep track of your personal finances?
13 points by lumannnn  1 day ago   18 comments top 16
luxpir 1 day ago 0 replies      
I haven't used it for personal finance, but ledger would probably cover your needs, and works from the CLI. You can keep your plain-text ledger file in version control etc. also.

- http://ledger-cli.org/

(There's also hledger that has a few extra features, but is largely compatible with ledger).

threefour 23 hours ago 0 replies      
An alternative to Mint is http://www.hellowallet.com which I like more.

But analyzing transactions in your accounts is all about looking at the past. You might consider focusing on the future instead. For example:

1. Plan how much you want to save for retirement, vacation, etc. and how much you'll need to pay bills

2. Set up some automatic transfers to save the money for #1

3. Have fun with the rest / invest

#1 is easier said than done. Financial advisors can charge US$2000 to create a good plan. We're building a tool now to automate what they do.

nibs 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I do budgeting in Google Sheets and use Mint for historical reviews. I recently helped my gf go from minimal money management to proper budgeting, forecasting and tracking, so I learned from experience what steps can be helpful to take and in what order to help understand things.

I think if you earn less than or equal to what you spend, the most important information is where your money is going so you can be aware of what is happening. If you earn more than what you spend, you want the same thing plus an ability to save and invest in something and track that.

I would suggest starting with something manual (ie. Google Sheets) and then automating once you see how everything comes together. Do things that don't scale (ie. enter every transaction) until you feel more in control, and then automate with Mint or similar tool for European market.

crisopolis 7 hours ago 0 replies      
For debts I use ReadyForZero.org and for the longest I did use Mint Bills aka Check aka Pageonce but Inuit has turned it into shit.

I still have a Mint account but rarely login to it.


juecd 18 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm using https://www.simple.com/, which is a debit card but really a PFM (personal finance manager). I have a ton of goals set up with automatic daily "savings" that move a small amount of money into my goals (ranging from "haircut next month" to "Portland trip"), and Simple calculates how much to move each day based on the amount I need and target date the money's needed. Pretty granular, and I feel pretty in control without any spreadsheets or charts.
xgordon 1 day ago 0 replies      
My primary bank account have some Internet/mobile banking features where you can see your current spending, some prediction till end of month.

It's just simple overview because I have more bank accounts (due to security reasons). Personally the best way how you can track your spending is to create own customized reporting system. It will require tune up at the beginning but it worth. At least you will learn how to think about entire process and your spendings, which information is valuable and which not. You will be able create some additional features (like spending categorization).

I have more personal "tracking tools" (spending, time tracking, writing, idea etc.) written in excel, some in power-shell, some of them in HTML and PHP.

Other point of view is your psychological attitude to money. If you are responsible with spending your head might be enough. From my experience, money invested to food, bills and mortgage are "sunk costs".

Detail mortgage tracking is different story. It is always good to know how much you can save with different payment attitude.

newdaynewuser 1 day ago 0 replies      
I highly recommend manually tracking in spreadsheet in addition to whatever automated tool you use. You can start with a simple, date, merchant, thing, and amount columns.

I used to use a spreadsheet. Then came Mint, and I thought my days of manual work were over. But then I realized that now I was less careful with my money. I would check Mint daily, I would look at each transaction but by removing manual step of inputting amount spend, I sort of got immune to big or a lot of spendings.

Now in addition to Mint & Personal Capital, I also record each transaction almost daily. This way it is very hard to ignore multiple transactions in a row for dining out or buying junk etc.

Also if Mint goes away or they start charging you will still have your spreadsheet.

krmmalik 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Im using YNAB - You Need A Budget. I can honestly say its changed my life. I would definitely recommend signing up for their 9 day email course. Ive been using it for about 5 months now and its made a huge difference to my life.
DiabloD3 1 day ago 1 reply      
Unfortunately, one requires money to be able to keep track of it.

Someday. :(

meric 1 day ago 0 replies      
In my mind mostly. I keep track of the big pieces - the university debt, the stock portfolio, the bank account balance. On the day I get paid, I take out a chunk to repay debt, and take out a chunk to move to the portfolio, and whatever I have a left, it's a game of making it last. I keep a lookout every week on my expenses and make sure I have enough to last to payday.
tmaly 23 hours ago 0 replies      
In my mind, but I would not mind a reminder to tell me I have to pay something today.
wj 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm eating my own dog food and using the budgeting portion of the financial planning software I'm creating.

I do really like YNAB though.

Stoot98 1 day ago 0 replies      
I used to use Xero's personal finances tool before they shut it down. I've started using Money Dashboard which seems pretty decent too.
Spooky23 1 day ago 0 replies      
Printed monthly calendar. My wife and I sit down on Thursday nights, eat Chinese and do the bills.
aprdm 21 hours ago 1 reply      
using an excel spreadsheet! google drive mostly
piyushco 21 hours ago 0 replies      
I use moneylover, works well.
Ask HN: Do you need a Google Alerts for jobs?
4 points by cheath  21 hours ago   5 comments top 2
bendmorris 20 hours ago 1 reply      
rbeard 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I use my own google custom search engine for this. You index the main job sites you are interested in and you just need to run a periodic search using your own search engine using the keywords you are interested in. It is best also to add the year of interest. Haven't figured out a way yet to filter out old archived job ads.
Ask HN: Can we talk about the role of flagging on the front page?
16 points by nkurz  1 day ago   13 comments top 5
Tomte 1 day ago 3 replies      
It is a good thing not because it "preserves harmony", but because low-value submissions (in your case: trying to stir up controversy with harsh words where no "banning" exists) can be deemphasized and open up space for regular submissions.
thenomad 1 day ago 1 reply      
Could you point out some examples of specific stories that you think dropped due to flagging? It's an interesting point but looking at that graph I see only one story that looks like it was probably flagged ("rent a minority").

There's a precipitous drop for both "Deco software: React native IDE" and "convert CURL commands to GO", but both are after hours and hours on the front page, and neither look like obvious flagging material :)

jimrandomh 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'd worry that if flags were weakened too much, then the front page would start having false stories on it. The ratio of flags to views is likely to be much more informative than the ratio of upvotes to views, especially if weighted by some metric of account trust.
imarg 1 day ago 1 reply      
Isn't there a way to see if an article was flagged? (I suppose that if you have to deduct flagging from changes in ranking that there indeed isn't a way)
Mz 1 day ago 0 replies      
My vague hand-wavy understanding is that there is a team of unnamed mods beyond the one we know the name of and they are capable of adding tags that can get it dropped substantially. This apparently happened to one of my posts.

I have no idea what is good or bad at this point. But I can tell you that I think what goes on here is probably a lot more complicated than you think it is.

Ask HN: What companies are open to developers that seek part time work?
19 points by ritchiea  2 days ago   13 comments top 6
stephenr 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Forgive me, I'm not familiar with all the us tax/irs related codes - is "1099 contractor" similar to Australia's "sole trader" - where you are registered as an individual doing business and can therefore issue tax invoices like a company?
staunch 2 days ago 1 reply      
Lots of very small companies will happily do 1099 contracts without trying to control your time at all. The hard part is finding those contracts, which usually come through networking and existing clients.

You might try emailing companies offering to work as a 1099 contractor, which companies sometimes like because it means you're easier to fire and don't get benefits, etc.

Most companies want a very serious full-time commitment and will be disappointed if you don't work there for at least a few years.

jtfairbank 2 days ago 1 reply      
What's your stack? We might be interested in that. Probably looking at 1099, unless you're willing to take a significant reduction in pay since we provide full healthcare benefits, etc.

Small YC startup here- https://reschedulemed.com

gerso 2 days ago 0 replies      
A bit ago Verba (SF) was offering 3 or 4 days a week, although I got the impression they still preferred 5.
tmaly 23 hours ago 0 replies      
there was some IRS law/rule in the 1980s that made hiring contractors less attractive for this type of arrangement. I remember reading about it years ago, but the specifics do not come to mind now.
Mz 1 day ago 2 replies      
Have you considered a service, like Upwork?
Ask HN: How do I solve this?
3 points by vs2370  1 day ago   8 comments top 4
CyberFonic 1 day ago 1 reply      
I would set up a catchall email on the domain xyz.com which sends to a single destination email address. Then generate abc001, abc002, etc email address to users to have.

On that single email address you could parse for the unique email ids and then process as you intended to. Depending on your mail provider you could simply have a POP3 or IMAP client or a full featured SMTP / MTA server.

I use a similar trick when people ask me for an email address, it is typically some.person@example.com. Then if that source spams me, etc then I can easily block emails to some.person without affecting my "real" email which is simply mail@example.com.

mtmail 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Search for "inbound email parsing" services, e.g. http://www.mailgun.com/inbound-routing or https://postmarkapp.com/
c22 1 day ago 1 reply      
It looks perhaps unmaintained these days, but in the past I solved a similar problem using Lamson.

Lamson: https://github.com/zedshaw/lamson

Previous HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=612642

max_ 23 hours ago 1 reply      
I recommend Namecheap's [Email Hosting](https://www.namecheap.com/hosting/email.aspx)
Ask HN: Where to find people to program with in Silicon Valley?
11 points by halpme  2 days ago   13 comments top 8
rtl49 2 days ago 1 reply      
They have this new thing in SV that I think would be perfect for you. After a brief admissions process, you join a group of engineers who congregate at the same time and place five days of the week. You collaborate on projects, learn new things, and perhaps even socialize. They even offer you units of exchange with which you can acquire resources. It's a really great setup, and just goes to show what an innovative and dynamic place SV is.
rgovind 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Come to hacker dojo (about a mile and half from downtown mountain view). I work from there somedays and I am looking for help in some of my projects. Contact me if interested. Email in profile.
askafriend 2 days ago 1 reply      
You want to regularly sit next to people with headphones on, coding away on some side project, while momentarily taking off said headphones to ask/answer questions and talking shit about quirks of some arbitrary framework?
pyb 2 days ago 0 replies      
I was trying to do the same thing in London, and so posted on my local Clojure user mailing list, it worked really well. More so in fact if you're happy to help people with their own project ideas, rather than your own.
staunch 2 days ago 0 replies      
Have you attended a hackathon? It's usually more like working full-time for a couple days than an actual marathon without sleep.

There's really no better way to meet other programmers that want to collaborate. Meetups are the second-best option.

kevinyun 2 days ago 0 replies      
Great question, feeling the same way here in Chicago! It's getting colder now, but would love to meet up with like minded people who want to create things.
zachlatta 1 day ago 0 replies      
Have you gone to any of the hackerspaces in the area? Noisebridge is a great one in SF.
kluck 1 day ago 0 replies      
So you seem to want to:

- socialize with other engineers,

- work (= program, I suppose) on interesting projects together.

My opinion is that programming is actually a very lonely activity to the point where I think it is actually harmful if you are not concentrated during programming. It may be more fun to get out of someone's own "bubble" for a couple of minutes and have a talk with some fellow programmer, but that fellow might be very comfortable in his/her bubble at that time, so you are actually distracting him/her.

So maybe you should try to find interesting software projects one way and try to socialize another.

Ask HN: How to open a business bank account in US as an non-US person?
8 points by ilolu  1 day ago   13 comments top 6
tejasm 20 hours ago 1 reply      
Here's how I would do it:

1. Register a Delaware Inc or LLC with Harvard Business Services - https://www.delawareinc.com/. They can also act as your registered agent for $50/year.

2. Get an EIN number - you can call IRS directly at their Philly Office - 267-941-1099

3. Once you have an EIN, open a small business account with BoA - https://www.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness/

4. Setup your postal office at www.virtualpostmail.com or https://travelingmailbox.com/

If you have any questions, do drop me a note at tejas3 at gmail dot com.

All the best!

codegeek 1 day ago 1 reply      
Read this blog post from the founder of Freshdesk :


thekonqueror 1 day ago 0 replies      
Try Payoneer[1], it works with Stripe.

[1] https://www.payoneer.com/en/products/global-payment-service/

johnsocs 1 day ago 0 replies      
One possible solution is to have a business partner in the US manage this part of the business. I'd be interested in learning more about what you are doing.
blindfly 1 day ago 1 reply      
Where are you located?
marvel_boy 1 day ago 2 replies      
You need to be 18 or older and a legal U.S. resident to open a checking account at U.S. Bank. Youll also need:A Social Security NumberA drivers license or state/military ID
Ask HN: In Bay Area, starving, homeless and in search of work
12 points by stolen_y  1 day ago   10 comments top 4
qohen 1 day ago 2 replies      
In case you haven't seen this, this site takes your zipcode and gives you get back a list of places offering essential services nearby, including free meals, help with transportation, shelter, etc. -- it works across the U.S. (e.g. I tried a Palo Alto zipcode and got back results):


zaph0d 1 day ago 0 replies      
Hello stolen_y, we might have the right kind of gig for you. We are based in SF city. Please send me an email as soon as you can. bg@helpshift. com
_pius 1 day ago 1 reply      
Don't get so down on yourself, things will turn around.

Can you post more about what your skill set is exactly? That'll make it easier for people to help.

bobby_9x 1 day ago 1 reply      
Why not find contracts on sites like Craigslist? When I was unemployed, this is what I did for a year. It's not easy, but all you need is an email account and a laptop.

It sounds like you have both, since you are posting on HN.

We made a device to save 45% water consumption
11 points by rivkamx  2 days ago   14 comments top 6
hanniabu 2 days ago 1 reply      
How's this different from a standard faucet aerator? Cuts down on water usage but maintains water pressure...can be used in sink faucets, showers, etc..
viraptor 2 days ago 1 reply      
> WaterPayless is manufactured with the highest quality materials, using Polymer 6 Mirror-Finish, and complains with all the respective norms for its use, including NSF/ANSI 61.

and complies with

wodenokoto 14 hours ago 0 replies      
What does water comfort mean?
usaphp 2 days ago 1 reply      
The text on your homepage's above the fold area is absolutely unreadable, either add fading to the background image or change the image completely. It's really hard to read.
rivkamx 1 day ago 0 replies      
Wow, great way to get honest feedback here.

I appreciate it!

lenomad 1 day ago 1 reply      
"Lorem ipsum" on the Installation page!
Ask PG: Why Not Host an Arc Conference at YC?
5 points by Kinnard  1 day ago   1 comment top
cylinder714 1 day ago 0 replies      
Yes, please!
Ask HN: How much traffic to expect if your project hits HN front page?
7 points by tuyguntn  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
benologist 1 day ago 0 replies      
You can expect up to low 5-digits of page views -




But unless you're selling something most people can enjoy (dropbox, github, etc) it may not be of much value to you -


9.3k uniques -> 44 free trial registrations = 0.4% conversion rate, or 0+ paying customers from 3 front page posts

Mz 1 day ago 0 replies      
Single data point: My personal best for one of my blog posts is currently at 20432 in total page views. IIRC, about 15k of that was from hitting the front page and the rest is residual traffic that keeps trickling in. Those numbers are handwavy and I have reason to suspect they probably aren't really all that good. It isn't like that post got really wildly upvoted. There is some relationship between how much it gets upvoted, how long it remains on the front page and how much traffic it gets.
Using Apple TV for better agile development
5 points by wallboard_tv  1 day ago   1 comment top
Ask HN: What are the best ways to quickly build relationship with new coworkers?
4 points by ya_throwaway  1 day ago   4 comments top 4
codegeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
I don't mean to give you a smart ass answer but there is no such thing as "quickly build relationships". Relationships take time to build and cannot be done too quickly. However, you can start off with a good impression by being open, honest and most importantly a good listener to your co-workers. Show genuine interest in them but don't over do it. Talk to them about non-work related stuff if they seem interested. Respect their space/privacy but go hang out with them once in a while. Appreciate their work no matter how mimimal it may be. Rinse.Repeat.
floppydisk 1 day ago 0 replies      
First off, relax. You want to be there, they want you to be there. You're already "in". Working relationships will begin to develop naturally in the first couple of months as you get comfortable with them and they get comfortable with you. You accelerate this process by asking questions when you don't know or understand something and get comfortable giving your opinion on things.

Friendships, depending on what you're going for, will naturally evolve with time. Go out to after work social activities (or organize a happy hour every so often), some of the same meet ups, and start building shared experiences with your coworkers. Over time, this will morph into deeper relationships.

Congrats on the new gig! Relax, have fun, and learn a ton!

sova 1 day ago 0 replies      
There is this game I like called pass/passback, I play it when I am teaching and helping out in young-age classrooms and environments. It's really good. You can buy your co-workers a coffee or a nice little snack -- hershey's kisses are great. Consider that the "pass" and don't expect any "pass backs" -- just pass some people some nice stuff, even some kind words that you spend some time conjuring, and your relationships can thrive. It's a simple technique, easy enough to implement, and the results are amazing because people actually love passing back. It's in our nature to honor one another -- just uncover it little by little and know that you're doing it right.
JSeymourATL 1 day ago 0 replies      
> How can I quickly build a friendly relationship with my coworkers in a relatively short amount of time (2-3 weeks)?

Look for points of connection, express an interest in your new colleagues one-on-one.

What kind of things are important to them? What do they care about? What do they like to do in their free-time? How can you help them personally/professionally?

On this subject, Larry Benet has great advice > http://www.superfastbusiness.com/business/larry-benet-shares...

Automated config tool for Apache2, NGINX etc.
3 points by WilliamWonka  1 day ago   7 comments top 4
thenomad 1 day ago 0 replies      
You might want to modify the title of this post. I saw you mention configuring NGINX and got very interested - but if it's Apache only I don't care nearly as much...

Having said that - will the configurator also handle optimisation of the Apache setup for your particular server? That'd be a great feature to save tedious manual optimisation.

a_lifters_life 1 day ago 1 reply      
tomwaits 1 day ago 0 replies      
What your pointing to is a flask deployment not apache2 + mod_wsgi which people use to serve python app on apache2. Two different things.
WilliamWonka 1 day ago 1 reply      
BTW - site is www.qonfigure.com
Ask HN: How many of your clients still use MS Office Access?
7 points by tuyguntn  3 days ago   14 comments top 7
conrmahr 22 hours ago 0 replies      
We converted an Access front-end connected to a SQL Server instance and rebuilt the front-end with Rails to have a internal website for data entry and Tableau to automate reports. Highly recommend.
mike22 2 days ago 0 replies      
I'm doing QA on a replacement for a VB6 / Access application for a large and slow-moving utility company. Funny thing is that the consultants building the app on the hot, super-awesome BPM platform move at the same pace, and each build includes more bugs and fewer new features to test than the last.
WorldMaker 2 days ago 1 reply      
I've been working with several applications that are Access-based in one way or another. Most of these apps are "ancient". Some of my job is to migrate these apps to modern solutions, but a lot of that depends on project budgets.
nslindtner 3 days ago 0 replies      
One of my large client is dependent on it with 100 access systems. SQL server is the backend though.
twunde 2 days ago 0 replies      
We have a consultant that specializes in the industry and she runs everything off of Access.
a_shiri 3 days ago 1 reply      
I didn't get you by Ms Access
edimaudo 2 days ago 0 replies      
A lot of large corporations.
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