Weekly Picks - Python Gotcha Awareness

While mostly straightforward and simple, Python still has its share of gotchas and gremlins, one such explored in this post. Familiarizing yourself with common gotchas can help avoid issues and aid debugging.


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Weekly Picks - Unusual Drinks

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Been trying out a few unusual drinks (for me at least).


  • Coffee with butter - After listening to Dave Asprey on the James Altucher Show, I had to try this. Not because of the potentially over-hyped medicinal benefits, but for two simple facts: coffee is delicious, butter is delicious. Turns out a mug of coffee with about 1 tablespoon of butter blended into it is pretty delicious! While still nutritionally skeptical of this combination, I …
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Weekly Picks - Systems

Some system related picks this week.


  • System Smarts - New podcast focusing on all aspects of systems.


  • Graphviz - Diagramming and visualization tool that uses a text-based markup. Works well for documenting system design.
  • Mscgen - Message diagramming tool that uses a text-based markup. Great for documenting any system that has intercommunicating components.
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Weekly Picks - Reddit

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Picks are a bit late this week but the theme will be "Reddit". I spend arguably too much time browsing and reading interesting articles on various sub-reddits.


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Weekly Picks - Meetups And Makerspaces

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People in big cities are spoiled. Cities tend to offer numerous interesting meetups with dozens of members. Additionally, local makerspaces (or hackerspaces) are fairly common in larger areas.

Lately I have been involved in a few meetup groups around the Shenango and Mahoning Valley area. The experience has been very fulfilling and it is great to see smaller cities getting some interesting groups organized.


  • HackYSU - YSU's first official meetup is this weekend. Only students …
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Weekly Picks - Headphones

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The theme for the picks this week is "headphones". I frequently listen to podcasts and music so good headphones are a must.


  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50s - Hands down the best sounding headphones I have owned. The only downside is the cable length which can sometimes be a nuisance as I tend to be only a foot or two away from the audio source. Consider the newer ATH-M50x model with removable cable.
  • Motorola MOTOROKR S305 - Simple design …
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Hi, I am Jeff Rimko!
A computer engineer and software developer in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.