Why programmers should try online poker

Recently I found a new hobby: online texas hold’em. I’m not spending big money on it (I mostly play free tournaments in an italian poker room and a free online game on my iPhone) but I’m finding poker very relaxing and I also find some similarities between online poker and programming, plus something more…

Poker teaches you to be a better programmer…

There’s always someone better than you
You can be the best coder among your friends and colleagues, but you’re not for sure the best developer around. The same happens in poker: you can be the best player in your friends pool, but you’re not the best player in the world.

Remember to code, code, code, exercise and study, try and fail. This is the only way to improve yourself and prove you are the best.

Math is useful
I see a lot of people around telling “I don’t need math”. In poker (and in programming) you need a lot of math, even for simple operations. Maybe you already know that, but pick five minutes to test (and improve) your math skills. You can find some tests and exercises here.

Be fast and precise
In online poker you can’t think hours for your next move. If you are a programmer you should be fast-thinking and precise. Fast and no errors. Simple, isn’t it?

Apply lateral thinking to approach your problem
Sometimes the best solution is just around the corner. Be creative!

If you want to try poker there are a lot of free poker games on Facebook, iPhone, etc… Don’t waste your money. The fun is the same.

P.s.
Online gaming is an hobby, but it could easily ruin your life. If you have problems with gaming & gambling visit this site.

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How to get rid of old programming books

Old programming books… Our house is filled with them.

In “Kindle’s times” now maybe you have an electronic copy of those books (an many other) on your fav. ebook reader / tablet.

What can you do with those old programming books? Well, if you don’t have any particular reason to keep them and make them cover in dust, you can sell them on eBay or on a classifieds website (but you won’t get more than a few bucks for them) or donate them to the local public library.

Every library accept donations, just be aware that:

  • Books must be in good conditions and complete of their CDs /DVDs (if present when you bought them)
  • Library staff can refuse donations if they have too many copies of a single title (this happened to me in Italy, don’t know if it’s the same in the US) or if the title it’s not “useful” for them
  • You can also donate CD, DVDs and audiobooks

You’ll end up with lot of free space on your bookshelves and maybe you’ll help someone who’s searching for that book you’re not opening since 2005

The new MacBook Pro – Part Two

I’ve written an article about the new MacBook Pro a while ago.

It’s a couple of months since I changed my 2014 MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Pro. Here’s what I like and what I dislike.

What I like:

  • The new keyboard. The touch&feel is just “right”
  • The screen. Amazing, as usual.
  • The USB-C thing (more on this, later)

What I don’t like:

  • The touchbar. I never really use it. Because I don’t need it.
  • The USB-C adapter I have to carry on every time I travel.

More on the USB-C. That’s the future, for sure. But as usual Apple, predates everyone else by forcing people to “migrate”, everyone else is still not ready. I have to carry with me many cables in order to be “retro-compatible”.

That’s for sure an issue that will be solved in the future.