Category: Musings

  • 0. On Being 42, and the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

    0. On Being 42, and the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

    As a person who is now 42, I feel like I’m supposed to know all the answers. I remember being nine and thinking that I now have a framework for all knowledge. To clarify, I didn’t think I knew everything, just that I sorta understood how things connected together, and how to fill in the […]

  • Star of David

    Star of David

    This is a Star of David. It is a symbol of pride for my people, adopted by the movement born out of our need for self determination in our ancestral homeland after millennia of exile and persecution — the Zionist movement. The chant of hope my people spoke, during the darkest nights, during pogroms, holocaust, […]

  • Dignity in Tech

    Dignity in Tech

    In my senior year of high school I taught myself HTML. That was right after HTML4 came out, and it made more complicated web designs possible. I had to lay out images using tables, but I could still do it. I was learning Pascal in school and took to coding like a dog to a […]

  • A Year of Shakespeare

    A Year of Shakespeare

    I spent this past year reading all the plays of Shakespeare. Each has five acts, a play runs 2-3 hours, an act can be read in 30-45 minutes. There are 38 plays, so you can read a play a week and finish well within a year. I spent most evenings reading an act, often listening […]

  • Buds of Spring

    Buds of Spring

    Walking through the gardens in spring, I was struck by how delicate and tenuous the new buds of spring are, regardless the age of the tree.

  • I’m Back WordPress, I missed you! So Long Hugo, Hello JAMStack!

    I’m Back WordPress, I missed you! So Long Hugo, Hello JAMStack!

    My career, and development as an engineer, can be followed through the evolution, redesign, and rebuilding of this site — www.jackreichert.com. Initially I launched on shared WordPress hosting, and built on top starter themes. It was rudimentary, but it worked, and I got my first full-time tech job with those skills. As I learned systems […]

  • Please Unfollow Me

    Please Unfollow Me

    If you followed me during the election because we share values, but you don’t “believe” my people have a right to self determination in their homeland, you can go ahead and unfollow me now. Please let the door hit your backside on the way out. I’m American and Jewish. I was brought to Israel as […]

  • Rules for a “Smart” Home

    Rules for a “Smart” Home

    The Promise Chips are smaller and cheaper than they’ve ever been. That means that we can measure and control things, affordably, more than we ever could. However, in a race to see what we can possibly create, there are many companies that haven’t thought if they really should be creating what they are. Steve Jobs […]

  • Two Fundamental Things Wrong with Social Networks

    Two Fundamental Things Wrong with Social Networks

    There are many things wrong with social networks and I won’t cover all of them here. But I’d like to address two. Productivity Tech really shines when it comes to making tasks more efficient. But I don’t want my relationships to be more efficient! There was a time before social networks where I had lists […]

  • Developers Are Lazy, And That’s A Good Thing

    Developers Are Lazy, And That’s A Good Thing

    Originally published on forbes.com. I’m lazy, and most great developers I know are lazy too. I would much rather spend a day developing an import script to import 2,000-3,000 pieces of content than spend that day manually importing that content. Sure, I could put on a podcast or book in the background while I manually […]