Poul-Henning Kamp avatar Poul-Henning Kamp

Why Should I Care What Color the Bikeshed Is?

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The really, really short answer is that you should not. The somewhat longer answer is that just because you are capable of building a bikeshed does not mean you should stop others from building one just because you do not like the color they plan to paint it.

"Bikeshedding" was coined as a metaphor of Parkinson's law of triviality by Poul-Henning Kamp, known for his work on popular open source projects like FreeBSD (Free Berkeley Software Distribution) and Varnish cache.


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    Joel Spolsky avatar Joel Spolsky

    Don’t Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You

    When you go too far up, abstraction-wise, you run out of oxygen. Sometimes smart thinkers just don’t know when to stop, and they create these absurd, all-encompassing, high-level pictures of the universe that are all good and fine, but don’t actually mean anything at all.

  2. Homebrew sur Mountain Lion

    Passé un peu forcé à Mountain Lion la semaine dernière à cause d'un plantage de mon MBP pro, je réinstalle tout ce dont j'ai besoin[1]. Si désactiver Gatekeeper permet d'installer toutes les applications Mac sans soucis, certains changements système peuvent compliquer l'installation de Homebrew et ses packages.