Is It Possible to Have a Company with No Office Politics?

1 day 3 hours ago

It’s been a little while since my last reader question post, hasn’t it?  Well, let’s do something about that today. Today’s subject is office politics.  I’m pretty much always game to talk about this subject, as regular readers know.  Except, rather than dissecting them in-situ, I’ll talk about the idea of companies avoid them altogether. […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: How to Make Money While Vagabonding?

6 days 11 hours ago

This is an interesting premise for the week’s digest post.  I say this because I think it arose from somebody misunderstanding why and how I have money. There is a small population segment that slow travels and makes a living blogging about the same.  But we are not part of that segment, weekly digests about […]

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Erik Dietrich

Employment Teaches You How Not to be a Free Agent: You Have Stuff to Unlearn

1 week 1 day ago

Recently, I was doing something that occupies a surprising amount of my time these days: using LinkedIn for lead gen.  This involves researching companies, connecting with people, and, occasionally, consuming LinkedIn. It was in that latter capacity that I stumbled across this post, from Jonathan Stark.  I nearly spit out my coffee. It’s funny, right?  […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Deciding How Long We Should Stay

1 week 6 days ago

It’s been a few weeks now since the last DaedTech digest.  In that one, I chronicled the last little bit of our trip to Vermont. We haven’t gone anywhere since then.  Not really, I mean.  We’ve been back and forth to Illinois a few times, visiting family and taking care of logistics.  But that hardly […]

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Erik Dietrich

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018!

3 weeks ago

Hello there, DaedTech readers!  In what has sort of been an annual Thanksgiving tradition (I do it some years), I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  As in this past years, please enjoy this drawing by my wife and business partner, Amanda.  And please enjoy your holiday. For those outside the US, Thanksgiving is […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: The Long Road Home

1 month ago

In late September, I started a little digest series with this post about packing for a slow travel stint.  From there, we got settled, hiked, battled US border patrol, rolled with the punches, and packed to go.  So I should probably book-end things with our glorious return home. What’s a Return from Slow Travel Like? So […]

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Erik Dietrich

You Should Change the Reason People Pay You

1 month 1 week ago

Quick — what’s the reason people pay you?  Don’t ponder.  Just freeze the first thing that comes into your mind. It’s probably something like this, especially if you’re a salaried programmer. I have a valuable skill that’s in high demand: programming. On a surface level, I can’t really argue with that.  Recruiters pester you constantly, […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Up and Leaving

1 month 1 week ago

For the last few weeks, I’ve paused with my normal Q&A about slow travel, in favor of writing about actual adventures.  I’ll do that one last time here today.  I’m sitting in Michigan right now, fresh off of a month in Vermont.  But we only just got in this evening, having left Wednesday morning. And […]

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Erik Dietrich

Are There Actually Companies out There That Write Good Code?

1 month 1 week ago

Let’s do a reader question post today.  It’s been a while, huh?  I’m now answering different questions in different forums, so it can be hard to keep track of.  But this one fits squarely in the realm of the DaedTech blog.  So let’s do it. This particular reader question is quite detailed, so I’m just […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Fear and Loathing at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory

1 month 2 weeks ago

We’ve had a good run in Northern Vermont (and a little in Canada), but we’re going to be wrapping up soon and heading back to Michigan.  (Well, actually, to Chicago-land, but that’s a different and sort of boring story.)  So we’re trying to sneak in all of the site-seeing while we can. This led us, […]

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Erik Dietrich

How to Become a Management Consultant

1 month 3 weeks ago

Last week, fate (via Hacker News) sent a lot of people to this post, about becoming a software consultant.  This actually resulted in a lot of new readers and followers.  So, first of all, hi to all of the new readers and followers.  But secondly, I’m about due for another consulting post.  So let’s talk […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: The Time Our Slow Travel Lifestyle Broke US Customs

1 month 3 weeks ago

If you follow the DaedTech digst/slow-travel chronicles, you’ve probably noticed a theme.  I answer questions about slow travel and I offer general snippets into our life and what it’s like. Usually, this probably makes it seem glamorous, or at least interesting.  We go cool places and do cool things.  But there are also aspects of it […]

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Erik Dietrich

Good Companies Don’t Ask You to Share. They Make You Want To

1 month 4 weeks ago

“So please, go ahead and share this with your social networks.” I imagine that your company says stuff like this to you all the time.  So frequently, in fact, that you’re probably sorta numb to it. Hey, we’re hiring! Our company was just nominated for Who’s Who in American High School Students Companies! We’ve got […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Exploring the Northeast

2 months ago

As with last week’s slow travel chronicle, I’m going to continue with a temporary break from answering reader questions.  (Though by all means, keep firing away with them.  I’ll get back to answering in due time — I just think it’s probably interesting to chronicle as I go, for those interested in this lifestyle). The […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Notes from the Road in Vermont

2 months 1 week ago

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for yet another slow travel blog/digest post.  If you’d like to catch up on the category, you can read previous editions here.  I’ve mainly been answering questions people ask me about the slow travel lifestyle.  But, since we just packed up did a mini-move to Vermont, I figured I’d […]

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Erik Dietrich

Narrow Niche: When is Narrow Too Narrow?

2 months 1 week ago

I think I’m going to abandon the idea of “reader question Tuesday,” or any particular day.  I’ll keep writing reader questions, but, in keeping with my announcement of blogging for fun, I’ll just post them whatever day of the week I feel like.  So today, a Wednesday, let’s do a reader question about a narrow […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Packing Edition and What We Take

2 months 2 weeks ago

As I mentioned in a recent digest post, we’re heading to Vermont in a few days, where we’ll stay for a month.  Since mentioning that, we’ve gotten questions about leaving our house unoccupied and about what packing is like.  Since I answered the former last week, I’ll answer the latter this week. What Does One Pack […]

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