Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Tell Me About Yourself


I’ve been interviewing a lot of software engineers lately. I typically start my screen with a question like “Give me a two minute overview of your career.” The goal is to give the candidate some time to settle their nerves and … Continue reading

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Quantum Management


At the recommendation of my current manager, Laura, I read this article from James Everingham, the head of engineering at Instagram. It’s an accurate description of my management philosophy. The gist is that managing by interjecting your views into the conversation … Continue reading

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References For The Win


I love single character code changes that generate massive performance improvements. Unreal has had static code analysis passes not too long ago. It’s surprising that SA didn’t identify this issue. It’s also unlikely that programmer code reviews would have detected something as tiny as a … Continue reading

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July 4, 1977


It was the summer before 4th grade. Jimmy Carter was president. Apple Computer had just incorporated, and the Atari 2600 video game console had been released, but personal computers were still a novelty. I wouldn’t use a PC for many more years. … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Removing Folders


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. Without you having to do any extra work, the Windows Uninstaller automatically takes care of deleting any folders where it installed content. However, if an app … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Firewall Settings


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The app I was installing communicates with other apps on our internal network, and it requires certain network ports be open for ICMP and … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Modify Config Files


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The app I was installing writes to temporary storage, and the app stores a reference to the temporary storage folder in AppConfig.xml, which is included in … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Shut down System Tray Apps


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The package installs a system tray app (sometimes called a notification app or notification area app). One common property of system tray apps is that they … Continue reading

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VR Toolset


It was fun to compare and contrast the toolset we’re using at HBO for the creation of VR products with what the folks at Oculus Story Studio are using. More similarities than differences. Story Studios’ Dropbox solution as a backup system is rather clever.

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VR: Inside Looking Out


For the past year, I’ve been working on virtual reality projects at HBO. We’ve learned a ton, but there is still so much we don’t know. Although VR experiences borrow from the language of film and borrow from the language … Continue reading

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