Tom's Blog

I'm Tom, and this is my blog. You can checkout my website at tomontheinternet.com, or follow me on Twitter!

I Was on a Podcast

March 06, 2020

In December, I wrote a blog post about a podcast I liked. The host of the podcast reached out, and invited me on her podcast. I had a great…

In Defense of Googleable Questions

December 09, 2019

Interviewing developers is a hard job. Interviewing boils down to one thing: finding out if the person on the other side of the table would…

Taming the Terminal - A Podcast I Liked

December 08, 2019

Taming the Terminal is an unusual podcast. It’s 37 episodes long, starting in May 2013 and ending (at least for now) 4 years later in May…

Moving to AWS

October 20, 2019

I recently moved my website from Digital Ocean to AWS. Here’s the what and the why. Why Move? I had a perfectly good website set up on…

Evil Sudo

October 18, 2019

This article assumes basic knowledge of the command-line. It also assumes you are on Linux or Mac. Want to infuriate a coworker? Wait until…

Why I Use Linux

May 11, 2019

I’m not sure why I use Linux. This blog post is me figuring out why. I want to be a better developer In MacOs, and to a lesser extent…

The Goal (Tom on Books)

April 14, 2019

The Goal is a novel about a manufacturing plant on the verge of being shut down. Written in the 1980s by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal…

The Phoenix Project (Tom on Books)

February 24, 2019

The Phoenix Project is novel about IT at a large company going horribly wrong and then improving. If that sounds interesting to you, you’re…

My Game Blew Up on Reddit

January 14, 2019

On Saturday (2019-01-12), I posted Hack, a game for web developers, on Reddit. For a few hours, it was the top post on the /r/webdev…

Hack - Get to Know Your Browser

January 09, 2019

A new version of Hack is in the works. A couple months ago I started feeling self-concious about my command line Linux skills. There are…

How My Blog Works

January 06, 2019

My blog no longer works like this, but this post is still fun. I plan on blogging more and I’ve decided to host my own content. My blog was…

I Switched to Colemak

December 15, 2018

I decided to stop being a QWERTY user. If you don’t know what a QWERTY user is, you are one. What’s Colemak? QWERTY is the most popular…

I've Been a Developer for One Year

July 05, 2018

A year ago, at the age of 35, I got my first job as a software developer. It was a long road. I sacrificed a few years of evenings and…