We all know good people who can't get a job for some odd reason, but whenever I find myself on the other side of the table I am amazed at how people don't even bother to follow a couple of simple steps to massively increase your chances for a response. Yes, a lot of big companies seem to have their jobs email address hooked up directly to /dev/null but small companies still make up the majority of the software development landscape. With a small(er) company, there's a good chance that your email ends up directly with the hiring manager. Somebody like me, for example.

I encounter this on a fairly regular basis - a project uses a third-party library and there is either a bug in the library that we can't seem to avoid hitting, or there's a feature missing or not 100% ideal for our use case.

Debugging an intermittent problem with a some demo code in the Javascript BBC Master emulator. I love the hard core bit fiddling.

I recently blogged about installing a 64-bit build of Emacs for Windows because I was dealing with a bunch of large and very large files.

I grew up as a software developer on a steady diet of Dr Dobb's magazines. I was hooked the first time I came across an issue of the magazine as a student in the university library and for most of my career I have been a subscriber to it, until the print magazine was cancelled. I was sad to read this morning that after 38 years of publication, first in print and then on the web, the online edition has now met the same fate.