Alex's Notes

A collection of notes organized in the Zettelkasten style to foster creative thinking.

  • Bond Management Is a Negative Art

    Since gains from bond trading are capped by the yield at maturity, but only returns if the bond pays out, the value generated is not from what you buy but what you exclude, avoiding bonds that don’t pay out I.

  • Fighting the Framework

    In software development, when you are spending time trying to implement something that the framework you are using either doesn’t do or makes it harder.

  • Component-Driven Development

    In frontend development, a component-driven workflow is a way of building websites and applications by breaking down the UI into smaller components and iterating on them independently and composing them together.

  • Mutagen Greatly Speeds Up Docker on MacOS

    After noticing abysmal performance of Docker for macOS and after a few Google searches (searching ‘docker macos performance’ yields 5MM hits) to confirm the issue, the recommended solution is to use Mutagen.

  • Stealth Mode

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note Stealth Mode Provides Optionality When a company chooses to operate in stealth mode it provides optionality in a couple of ways.

  • Python Type Hinting

    Python 3+ has type annotations that can be used for static type checking using a separate program.

  • Python

    A dynamic programming language used heavily in the startup and scientific community.

  • Choose Boring Technology

    A counter response to the growing sprawl of technologies that argues boring technology (tried and true, more mature) is far more effective than the latest shiny tool that gets popular on HackerNews.

  • ASO

    An administrative services organization (ASO) is an outsourcing provider for HR related administrative work.

  • No Straight Line Hierarchies

    When organizing the information architecture for a website of applications, there should be no straight line hierarchies.

  • Information Architecture

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note No Straight Line Hierarchies When organizing the information architecture for a website of applications, there should be no straight line hierarchies.

  • Continuous Integration

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note Benchmarking Results Can Be Very Different When Run in CI Tools Most CI (continuous integration) tools run inside VMs in the cloud sometimes nested in other VMs.

  • Creative Selection

    This note does not have a description yet. Links to this note Demo Driven Development Using demos as a way of focusing on specific functionality and elevating quality.

  • Schoening's Axe

    On the ascent to K2 in 1953, Pete Schoening saved the lives of five members of the expedition by stopping the fall using his ice axe to wedge against a bolder along the mountain.