Taco Steemers

A personal blog.
  1. Diagramming can be a valuable tool for thinking as well as communication

    Words alone are sometimes not sufficient. Diagrams can help us understand a situation in new ways, assisting with our thinking as well as communication. If you don't diagram already, try it out!

  2. On clarifying the status of demoed products

    Giving a demonstration of a future product or feature can be a great way to check if development is on the right track. Unfortunately stakeholders don't always understand that a demo can be very far from a finished product.

  3. Prefer to create constructive or uplifting conversations at work

    It is healthy to discuss negative parts of situations. When we are part of such a discussion, it is good if we can turn it in to an uplifting or constructive conversation.

  4. Usability anti-pattern: no controls in fullscreen

    A fullscreen window needs to have an obvious button to get out of fullscreen mode.

  5. Thoughts on self-managing teams

    Self-managing teams are great. People feel their shared responsibility and come together to solve problems. There should be someone that is authorized to make decisions on specific topics. And the topic 'people' should not be forgotten.

  6. Mistakes will be made

    I occasionally make a mistake in a professional environment. Mistakes will be made, that is just how it is. We do have to keep looking at how we handle them and make sure we are not making a habit of it. Here I share some of my thoughts on the …

  7. Still searching for a daily use computer that just works

    Unfortunately there have been several problems with my macOS install, and with the Unix ports I install with brew.

    There has been a time when the Finder appeared to not get an updated list of inodes. After moving files with the Finder the files appeared in the original directory as …

  8. I found myself working hard instead of smart

    Ah, the often mentioned "work smart, not hard". As well as "not invented here"...

    I had set out to re-launch my blog. Somehow, in my enthusiasm, I ended up writing a static website generator almost to completion. The only two remaining topics were the two topics that most looked like …

  9. Connecting to your printer on a Linux system

    If you are using a GNU/Linux distribution and are having trouble finding your printer in print dialog screens, the following may be of help to you. Make sure you have CUPS installed, the Common Unix Printing System. Start cups first, on my system this can be done by executing …

  10. Some notes on trying out Crashplan, Duplicati and BackupPc

    Observations after testing Crashplan.

    The Crashplan test-setup has not been able to connect for a while. As a result these notes are partially from memory and could not be revisited. The user interface is confusing, buttons are placed far away from the context they operate in. There are buttons that …