There is a lot to be gained by walking to work. I know. I’m lucky—I live within walking distance of the office. In fact, depending on traffic, it is often faster for me to walk than to drive, especially in the winter. Since starting at Atomic nearly a year ago, I have only driven to […]
A few months ago, I joined a project with a junior developer. The interesting part of this assignment was that the junior developer would be taking the project lead position, and I would be a worker bee. She had been on the project since the get-go, and I was joining midstream.
We’ve all been there. Your coworker is not pulling his weight. Your significant other has been acting passive-aggressively. Your friend keeps letting you down on promises. Relationships are hard. Good ones are also crucial to having a happy and productive life. So what do you do when you find yourself in one of these thorny […]
Let’s be real for a minute. Remote meetings usually suck. Even when everyone has the best intentions, laggy video and the inability to use shared tools like whiteboards can hamstring what should be a productive gathering of highly engaged teammates. At Atomic, we work with a lot of people from all over the country, so […]
We all have strengths–activities that drive us and energize us. They leave us wanting more, and we think about them long after we’re done. Our strengths can form an integral part of how we work, and we do our best when we focus our work around them. Unfortunately, many people never put any thought into […]
I commonly walk into meetings thinking about all kinds of topics that aren’t the real focus of the meeting—my last meeting, the nagging to-do I have to complete, my overflowing email inbox, my promise to my family to pick up dinner on the way home from work, etc. These types of thoughts and concerns aren’t […]
In my previous post, I described how to access a private network remotely by creating a VPN server using OpenVPN and a Raspberry Pi. Now that we can connect to our local network remotely, we can set up a system to serve files outside our network.
When I heard that a few of my colleagues were planning on making a game for Ludum Dare, I knew immediately that I had to join them. I’d never tried my hand at game development before, and I figured that I could learn a lot from them. Over the course of a weekend, I learned […]
I’ve been writing software professionally for a few years now, and I’ve been reflecting on the skills my co-workers told me would be useful when I first started working here. Writing quality software takes a lot of skills, and it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to focus on first.
People naturally form bonds with colleagues at work. A team of people who work together will spend a lot of time with one another every day, and an individual’s departure from that team can have ripple effects on one’s morale and relationship with work.