Fighting the ticking clock in your head

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I have this weird character flaw — I have a clock in my head that’s always ticking. It’s a mechanism I’ve built up over the years because I hate wasting time. In some ways this internal ticking clock is a really handy tool to have. It gives me a healthy respect for time, which means I’m rarely… keep reading

The Majestic Monolith

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Monolith by Rene Aigner Some patterns are just about the code. If your code looks like this, and you need it to do that, here’s what to do. You’d do well to study such patterns, as they give you a deep repertoire of solutions ready to apply and make your code better every time you hit… keep reading

Two new email reports in Basecamp

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Until today there’s only been one way to stay caught up with all the activity on your Basecamp account, and one way to see what’s on your plate—both required you to log in to Basecamp and check yourself. Now you can have each automatically delivered to your email inbox. Stay caught up with the daily… keep reading

Basecamp 3 for Mac and Windows is here!

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One of the best things about Basecamp is you can use it almost anywhere. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection. Laptop, phone, tablet, hotel lounge, school computer lab, Mom and Dad’s den — you know, the one with the CRT monitor… Anyway… Basecamp also is available in fully featured apps for iOS… keep reading

First principles

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In January of 2006, a young comedian with a taste of doing stand-up in college, moved to New York to make it big. I got $200 and dreams, let’s do this thing. But following a stretch of barely getting by and sleeping on the subway, he moved back to Chicago by May of the same… keep reading

Practical skills that practical data scientists need

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When I wrote about how I mostly just use arithmetic, a lot of people asked me about what skills or tools a data scientist needs if not fancy algorithms. What is this mythical “basic math” that I mentioned? Here’s my take on what skills are actually needed for the sort of work that I do… keep reading

Remembering how I got here — with a lot of help from others

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About a month back, Basecamp put out a call for internship candidates. We’re looking for great people who want to learn about programming, product design, operations, data, or marketing directly from the people who work on Basecamp every day. But before we went public with it, any interested team had to internally pitch a meaningful… keep reading

Bootstrapped and Proud

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Illustration by Nate Otto I first learned about boot jacks a couple weeks ago, when I reported this story about Alcala’s Western Wear, a 41-year-old retailer in Chicago. Illinois is not a place where you see a lot of cowboy boots — not like, say, Texas or Montana, where airport security checkpoints come with boot jacks to help… keep reading