Hello World

January 30, 2023


Hey there! Welcome to my digital corner. "Hello World" - yep, I went there. Classic, right? But let's not dwell on that. Instead, let's get to the meat of the matter: "Forced Push". If you're thinking this is about some aggressive coding move, you're not entirely wrong. But there's more to it. Lean in, get comfy, and let's unravel this together.

The Name Game: Why "Forced Push"?

You know, there's something about the name of this blog, "Forced Push," that's more than just a cheeky nod to a git command. It's a testament to the resilience, adaptability, and camaraderie of the developer community. Let me share a story that encapsulates this spirit.

Back in November 2013, developers working on Jenkins had a bit of a "whoopsie daisy" moment. Picture this: they accidentally executed a git push --force command on over 150 repositories on GitHub. For the non-techies reading this, it's a bit like accidentally deleting the final draft of a novel you've been working on for years. Yeah, that level of "oh no."

But here's the twist: instead of this turning into a catastrophic event, it became a shining example of collaboration. GitHub, the platform where this mishap occurred, didn't just stand by. They jumped into action mode. Extracting the full list of SHA-1 hashes before the forced push, they reached out with a lifeline. Nathan Witmer from GitHub was the hero of the hour, providing a detailed recovery plan and ensuring that the Jenkins team could get back on their feet.

One of the comments in the aftermath of this incident read: "GitHub represents a new ideal in customer service. I hope other companies will begin to follow their example." And isn't that the truth? It's not about the mistakes we make, but how we rally together to fix them.

So, why "Forced Push" for this blog's title? Because it's a reminder. A reminder of those moments when things go south, but also of the incredible community that's always there, ready to help you get back on track. It's about documenting the learnings from those moments, sharing them, and growing from them.

Purpose of "Forced Push" Blog:

Alright, let's get down to brass tacks. Why did I create this space? Is it just another tech blog in the vast sea of the internet? Well, yes and no.

First off, let's clear the air: this isn't a community-building exercise. I'm not here to gather a tribe or start a movement. This is my digital journal, a space where I jot down my musings, discoveries, and, occasionally, my blunders. Think of it as a public diary, but with fewer teenage angst moments and more code snippets.

Now, you might be wondering, "Why go public with it?" Simple. By putting it out there, I'm holding myself accountable. It's easy to learn something new, make a mental note, and then forget about it a week later. But by documenting it here, I'm making a commitment. A commitment to not just learn, but to reflect, analyze, and share.

And hey, if someone stumbles upon this blog and finds a nugget of wisdom or a solution to a pesky problem they've been facing, that's just the cherry on top.

But there's another layer to this. I got laid of just before Christmas. Happy Holidays, right? But hey, it's trendy to dump devs right now (Tech Industry Job Postings Drop in Q4 of 2022). And it feels like the industry is really running low on innovative revenue streams. Case in point: Microsoft's hefty payout to OpenAI to essentially use their own servers? (Microsoft and OpenAI Extend Partnership)I'm no accounting guru, but this circular cash flow is baffling. Genius strategy? A clever accounting trick? I'll let ChatGPT explain this one.

I've been software development for about 10 years now and quant finance for a little bit before that. I've been pretty average in both fields and have been terrible at interviewing. So, rather than dwell on job rejections, I'm creating a timeline, a snapshot of the tech landscape as it evolves. It's my way of keeping up, of staying relevant.

So, whether you're a fellow developer, a curious onlooker, or someone who just clicked on a random link and ended up here (hey, welcome!), I hope you find something of value. Dive deep, question everything, and always keep learning. Because that's what "Forced Push" is all about.