Windows 10 couldn’t be installed…

It turns out that installing Windows 10 onto a dual-boot system requires taking a long walk barefooted through Microsoft MBR Recovery Hell. When I wiped the grub boot sector and restored the Windows MBR, I got the dreaded “Missing Operating System” message and had to use my Linux Mint Live Install disk to rebuild grub. That’s when I decided that Windows 10 will not got onto my main machine — I’ll install in on one of the laptops I never use.

Windows 10 Failure to install
Windows 10 won’t install on a dual-boot system.

When you read about the endless crash loops that some people are experiencing, I’m thinking that maybe failure Win 10’s failure to install is actually a blessing, like dodging a bullet.


Overheard at CCSF — A DevOps Certificate in the making

The scuttlebutt is that a DevOps certificate is in the future of the CCSF CS Department. I won’t say any more than that at this point, but the department has been actively promoting new certificates, and DevOps is definitely a high priority for our industry advisors. But, you’ll have to be patient. It usually takes 6 to 9 months to get a concept into the curriculum. While you’re waiting, take some Unix and programming courses. This course is going to be very popular when it lands.

What I’m Reading this Week

What I'm reading

My latest shipment of books arrived Saturday.

  • Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art. I’m a big fan of comics and graphic novels. I’m thinking of making one myself. The only thing stopping me is that I can’t draw or tell stories. I’m hoping there are Python modules that can do that for me.
  • WordPress Plugin Development, by Brad Williams. This book will inspire me to create some  plugin projects for my upcoming WP course.
  • Cracking the Coding Interview, by Gayle McDowell. I plan to revise some of these problems and use them in my Perl and Ruby courses.
  • The Lean Product Playbook, by Dan Olsen. This book is special because it was written by my friend Dan Olsen. Dan is an entrepreneur, consultant, and Lean product expert — his clients include Facebook, Box, Hightail, and Medallia. While he was at Intuit, he led the Quicken product team and before that, he was the lead product manager at Friendster. Dan knows that he’s talking about.

I met Dan when he took my CCSF PHP courses back in the day, and I later worked on Yourversion, Dan’s super-lean startup. We worked our tails off and Yourversion was the Techcrunch People’s Choice Award winner in 2009. Though Yourversion didn’t become a Unicorn, it’s mighty PHP heart is still pumping strong.

Celtic Music 24/7

SomaFMAre you Celtic? Do you wish you were? Of course you do. So check out’s new ThistleRadio and drink in some Celtic soul.

While you’re at it, support with some cash, an annual donation (I did), or buy a hoodie — I bought three. No matter what hell hole you’re trapped in, you’ll be able to listen to great music and you’ll feel real good about yourself for supporting a good cause. Check it out: