As soon as you arrive in the United States from overseas, people are yelling
at you. First, they’re telling you which queues to use depending on which
passport you have. Somehow, the printed signage doesn’t suffice, though I have
a hard time believing that uniformed officers quickly barking orders at people
is of much use to a foreign-language speaker.
I’ve been using my investment time at thoughtbot to build a multiplayer chess
game using Elixir and Phoenix in order to hone my skills in that area. One of
the trickiest and most fun parts of the project so far has been generating all
the possible moves for a player to make.
When I realised I’d be staying in the US, I decided it would be cheaper to sell
my current mechanical keyboard to someone back in the UK and buy myself a new
one here. It would also give me the opportunity to try something a bit
Optimising images for your website can be a bit of a black art, but it’s well worth doing as the bandwidth savings can be large. It will also make a big difference to the speed at which your site loads.
These days many of us have access to very fast broadband (we typically have 100Mb/s connections here at thoughtbot) but not everybody has access to this sort of connection. Most people worldwide are still stuck on relatively slow ADSL packages that run at no more than 2Mb/s or so.
Mobile connections have come a long way in recent years, but the variability of speed is even worse than wired connections. 4G can be as fast as good broadband, but in areas with high contention or in areas where there is no 3G or 4G mobile connections can be as slow as mud.