Announcing GreenAndRed

It's time to share my current side project with my faithful readers: GreenAndRed. This is a little something I've been noodling around for two reasons. First, I got tired of dealing with other people's legacy Rails code. Second, I needed a better way to maintain our company risk matrix than a Markdown document.

So, this is a site that will let you track and organize the risks to your projects and what you're doing about them. I don't honestly know what its future is: it could be anything from shutting down to turning into an actual paid SAAS. I make no guarantees at this point, other than that your data is exportable as CSV so you can always get it back out.

Signups are free at the moment, and likely for some time to come, though I'm running new accounts through an approval process (mostly to make sure I don't get overwhelmed). If you're interested, feel free to sign up and then watch your email for an approval.

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  • Prettier 2.0 “2020” - A big new release of this opinionated code formatter that handles many frontend languages.
  • zoom-redirector -"When joining a Zoom meeting, the "join from your browser" link is intentionally hidden. This browser extension solves this problem by transparently redirecting any meeting links to use Zoom's browser based web client."
  • The Fallacy of Move Fast and Break Things - "The consequences of moving too fast and not being able to fix things when they break are high."
  • GodQL - God's Query Language - Speculation on what an omnipotent query language might look like.
  • Screen - Screen-sharing from the co-founder of ScreenHero (which Slack acquired a couple of years ago and promptly screwed up).
  • Cronopete - "Cronopete is a Linux clone of Time Machine, the backup utility for Mac from Apple. It aims to mimic it as closely as possible."
  • Panther - Open source "Cloud-Native SIEM for the Modern Security Team."
  • Adjusting RuboCop's Defaults - A survey to determine some things for the upcoming 1.0 release.

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank those readers who, despite all the chaos in the world at the moment, took time last week to reach out to me about potential job openings. I've had some promising conversations, though as I write this I am still hunting for my next position.

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My collected topical pages have moved to Topics. The conversion from dokuwiki to markdown is still a little rough, but the content is there. The source is at GitHub so feel free to offer PRs if you see something that needs fixing. Hat tip to Noval Agung Prayogo whose instructions worked perfectly for this.

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Job Hunting Again

So, yeah, it looks like I'm on the job market again. I'm not at all unhappy where I am, and I still believe firmly in the company's mission. But like so many other small companies these days, we may well end up as a victim of the global pandemic. There's assorted belt-tightening going on, but we're also starting to think about how to gracefully wind down, or to cut everyone back to part-time at lower salaries.

Here's the pitch: I'm an experienced manager, software developer and writer with a strong focus on satisfying customer needs. My most recent specialty has been on on Ruby on Rails, but I have experience with a wide variety of programming languages and applications. I also have substantial experience in remote consulting and distributed teams as well as documentation and customer service skills.

My current job title is "Lead Architect" but it could just as well be "Principal Engineer" or "Engineering Manager." I thrive in positions where I can help a team grow through both technical and personal leadership.

Things I am most interested in for my next job:

  • Diverse challenges where I can bring my experience to bear
  • 100% remote but with opportunities to meet with the team and company in person
  • A top-to-bottom agile environment, in a company that believes in transparency and employee engagement
  • An organization with good prospects and a commitment to doing good
  • The chance to make a wider impact in the company, through people management and mentoring as well as technical expertise

I've done a little of a lot of things. I can happily step into an engineering manager, team lead, principal engineer, architect, or other leadership role as necessary.

You can email me at MikeG1 [at] , or there are some other alternatives on the About page here. And thanks in advance for any leads!

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If anyone out there is hiring a remote engineering manager or senior Rails developer, let me know. I'm moving back into job search mode.

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For what it's worth my accumulated pile of links about remote work is available here.

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