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Vincent Grovestine

Equal parts higher-ed IT, web dev and support; with a dash of freelance consulting thrown in for good measure. (Oct/19: Seeking change of pace. Not afraid to take a step back in order to move ahead!)

Education

Dalhousie University (BSc CS)

Work

Web Systems Specialist at Acadia University Library

Work status

I'm looking for work!

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To-do list app recommendations

My wife keeps a bullet journal. It works for her, but the s...

What's On Your Black Friday Tech Wish-list?

The way prices are headed downward, I don't think we're far...

What's Your Fav. Dev Laptop? Why?

Thinkpad T-Series: Trackpoint mouse, matte screen, and upgr...

Should university teach current or future technologies?

I'll echo what others have already said: University courses...

What are your saboteurs?

Fine for a bit of fun, but hard to compare results person...

What was your first own computer?

While there had been computers in the house for years prior...

What is a Fork Bomb in Linux and how to stop it?

Ah, memories of the operating systems course from my CS und...

How to not be a dinosaur.

As a recovering Cretacious-era developer, thanks! I needed ...

What's the most inefficient thing you do?

I walk to the far end of town to buy coffee when there's a ...

What’s the weather like where you live?

It's east coast shoulder season: Not quite done with fall. ...

Whats the best keyboard?

Having never used one, I can't comment on the MS Natural Er...

Whats the best keyboard?

If you're in the market for an ergonomic/split keyboard, yo...

What is your favorite editor and why?

These days, VS Code is my go-to for most jobs. My favorite ...

Graphics advice for a dev?

As a non-designer (and Linux user), GIMP and Inkscape have ...

What non-dev IT jobs have you had?

I'm currently living the...er...dream?! I started my caree...

What is your preferred keyboard for programming?

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop: Love the keyboard, hate...

What’s your preferred way to test Internet Explorer and Edge from Linux or Mac?

Virtual Box + Windows 10 Pro VM. I'm also the lone Linux u...

When Stack Overflow Goes Offline...

You forgot "Gross indifference". Not that Stack Overflow a...

What are the worst security practices you've ever witnessed?

Last April, a local 19 year old was browsing the provincial...

Gimme your best programming memes

An oldie, but a goodie: How Projects Really Work

Which computer era would have been the most exciting to take part in?

Can we carry our current knowledge of history back in time ...

DEV Conference?

Virtual? ...For the benefit of those unable to travel (and...

What's the first computer you ever used?

ZX81

What are your favorite Linux utility/productivity tools?

Guake: drop-down terminal Meld: visual diff & merge ...

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What did I want to be (before the harsh realities of life)?...

What does your Terminal look like?

Bash shell inside Guake (drop-down terminal) running on Lin...

Does this sort of consulting service exist? Does it have a name?

Alas, I can't provide any specific insight about such consu...

What have you crashed?

In my early days, I learned (...eventually...) that complic...

If you had to live with only 5 dev tools, what would they be?

VS Code Guake Git Meld Vagrant

What's the best career advice you can give in ten words or less?

Listen first. You can have it cheap, fast or good. Pick tw...

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I'm thankful for vinyl floors and pee pads. :)

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The knowledge that my three Chihuahuas have small bladders.

What was the config of your first computer?

The first computer in my house was a ZX81 (followed by a Ti...

How long have you stayed at a job where you were happy?

I'm approaching 11 years with my current employer; however,...

What would you like to see implemented on DEV?

Maybe I'm showing my age being a geek of the '90s, but an I...

What would you like to see implemented on DEV?

While "My Tags" and the auto-generated top-100 tags lists a...

When are you most likely to be active on Dev.to?

Between Dev.to, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube ('tis the seaso...

When are you most likely to be active on Dev.to?

I tend to trawl the site when taking a mental break from wo...

What is your favorite desk accessory?

A slinky and squishy potato cat--I fidget. Country Bears J...

How many computer devices do you own?

My daily drivers include: Thinkpad T520 iPad Mini 2 Asus ...

What do you listen to while programming?

Digitally Imported is great for EDM/electronic music stream...

Which part about your job/studies/etc. gives you the most anxiety?

// begin vent The assumption that since I work with comput...

What are you reading right now?

Been in a bit of a crabby mood toward the "traditional" wor...

What are your non-tech hobbies

Ongoing house maintenance has occupied a lot of my time lat...

Which editor do you use when opening files like .bash_profile, etc?

Bash scripts => nano (vi only if I'm absolutely stuck on...

What’s your Computer Environment?

@ home - Thinkpad T520: i5-2520m, HD+ display, 16 Gig RAM, ...

What's your commute like?

It's a leisurely 18 km commute over side roads and secondar...

What do you wear to work?

The dress code at my workplace is basically "use your commo...

What are you "old enough to remember" in software development?

At university: Max 14.4 kbps dial-up access to the Computer...

What are you "old enough to remember" in software development?

//nod// Save+load from cassette, hoping dearly that you sta...

What was your win this week?

It may not seem like much, but this one CLI snippet has mad...

What are your five most used terminal commands?

1 216 21.6% git 2 152 15.2% cd 3 132 13.2% ls ...

What’s the best laptop for devs?

I'm just repeating what's already been said, but a Thinkpad...

Can you share your favorite quote or rule related to IT?

It's a "best before" date, not a "don't eat after" date. ...

Recomeded music to listen to while programming?

Digitally Imported channels are my default go-to whether bu...

Can I see your terminal?

I use Guake drop-down terminal with plain ol' bash, a hotke...

Can we use a good configuration gaming laptop for programming?

Alternatively, it's hard to go wrong with a Lenovo Thinkpad f...

Can we use a good configuration gaming laptop for programming?

Can you add more RAM and/or swap the hard drive for a SSD? ...

Can I see your desktop home screen

Linux Mint 18.3 + Cinnamon desktop environment.

Programmers who only code at work

I identify as a programmer who doesn't program outside of w...

What are your coffee habits?

My daily routine consists of 2-3 k-cups at the office, plus...

Where to Move a Dev's Family while living with Seasonal Affective Disorder?

I live in Nova Scotia which is approximately the same latit...

Office Dogs

I'm late getting back to my own post... Took a much needed ...

About Windows for devs

I'm a die-hard desktop Linux user and have been for the bet...

Trying to understand blockchain by making one!

Been dabbling in cryptocurrency mining lately, and never re...

What are some courses I should absolutely take in University as a Software Developer major?

Speaking from personal experience, a course in deductive lo...

What's your typing speed (WPM)?

WPM: 75 Accuracy: 97.41% Keyboard: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonom...

So What Do We Like For Windows Text Editors?

Can't go wrong with VS Code or Komodo Edit.

With our minds set on 2018

Python, R: because data science Hadoop, Spark, etc.: becau...

Job != 'Software Developer' - What else?

During university, my plan was to pursue meteorology as a c...

Intermediate to senior dev resume

For my own resume (assorted dev roles since 1999), I aim fo...

Use dev.to as a search engine for Chrome

Late last week, I submitted a new !Bang suggestion to searc...

Do you have any input on the functionality of the hiring tag?

With respect to "remote" postings, in particular; applicabl...

What do you Google EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. and never just memorize?

In-place string substitution; usually performed on multi-gi...

Whats on your desk?

Slinky! ...The original workplace toy for fidgeters, mental...

Junior Developer title?

Aside: There's the "official" job title, and then there's t...

How does your team handle 'on call' evening/weekend hours?

Managers at my workplace are on a rotating weekly schedule ...

Tools that make me fast and productive

Ask and ye shall receive. From the perspective of a Linux-u...

What tool/framework/cms/etc do you use to build your own personal website?

Been a few years since I've had an actual personal website ...

Describe your code with a song name

Sagat - "Funk Dat"

What tool/framework/cms/etc do you use to build your own personal website?

Your personal site...yeah...ummm... WTF, man?! :)

Drawing career inspiration from movies/TV

+1 deserved simply for having a Chihuahua too!

How do you share knowledge?

...So I'm not alone in this struggle after all?! I too wor...

Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro

Keep in mind that Ubuntu, Fedora and Suse from the Windows ...

Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro

+1 for Mageia as a friendly entry-point to desktop Linux. I...

Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro

Just as something else to consider if you're thinking web, ...

Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro

*nod* What he said!

What are your must-read programming books?

C: How to Program (Deitel & Deitel) It was the book us...

Recomendations in choosing a Linux distro

I use Linux Mint (Cinnamon edition) as my primary desktop o...

How do you use each of the emoji reactions on dev.to?

I've been going on the following assumption: Heart = genera...

What are some ideas for tags on dev.to?

#poll ?? Of course, this would mean rolling a poll widget ...

How do you stay focused at work?

A good rapport with coworkers and management can help mitig...

It's okay to not be okay

We spend so much time in front of a screen, it's sometimes ...

How do you arrange your screens/multiple desktops?

Pair of matching 22" screens: One directly in front of me; ...

How to Level Up Your Dev Game

Nearly 20 years in the business, I've lost a bit of my mojo...

My Journey to the Vast World of Text Editors

Wrt wrist strain from mouse use, try a trackball instead. L...

How do you pronounce "PostgreSQL"?

Yeah, yeah... :P

What fonts do you use in your editor(s)?

I'm with you on the Noto and Inconsolata choices, though my...

A laptop for software engineering

I'm partial to Lenovo Thinkpads for their build quality and...

How do you pronounce "PostgreSQL"?

post-grehs-Q-L or just post-grehs for short. Individuals w...

What fonts do you use in your editor(s)?

Inconsolata for code and Noto Mono Regular for command-line...

My beginner’s guide to choosing a laptop for programming

Processor, RAM and storage demands will vary from developer...

What's your dev machine setup? (hardware, OS, accessories, etc.)

Office Dell Optiplex 9020 tower: i7, 16 Gig RAM, 1 TB hdd...

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