Like many folks finding their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve recently accepted a job working permanently remote. So for the foreseeable future my workstation will be pulling double-duty for macOS-based software development with a MacBook Pro and Windows-based gaming on a PC.

Modern monitors come with a lot of interesting features. Did you know you can connect a MacBook to a monitor using a single USB-C cable and transmit USB, power, audio and video?

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as knowing whether a monitor supports USB-C. Many monitors support USB-C but don’t have any sort of way to pipe…


The crux of retirement planning is figuring out how to turn a pile of money into a steady stream of future cash flows. Easier said than done. It’s made even more complicated when you throw other cash flows into the mix, like a pension or disability payment.

Mo’ money, mo’ problems

The ideal retirement withdrawal strategy meets the following criteria:

  1. It provides a steady lifestyle via inflation-adjusted future payments.
  2. Automatically steps up the withdrawal rate as your investment horizon wanes.

According to pensionrights.org, 91% of pensions aren’t adjusted for inflation. As inflation increasingly takes its bite out of your pension, you’ll want to keep…


“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.”

-Paul R. Ehrlich

Many business processes that exist today were born out of old fashioned paper/form-driven processes. This is because paper was invented before computers were invented. Had computers been invented first, you might imagine a completely different world in which you place an order online to buy something and your browser spins until the package arrives on your doorstep.

I’m kidding, sort of.

Many enterprise software systems are less exaggerated versions of this. In some cases I’ve seen ‘submit’ buttons routinely keep the user waiting…

James Jones

former fintech software engineer and stay-at-home dog dad

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