The Programming Butler

hacking life with a servants heart

Blog posts for 2011

How We Work

I've been working at Ordered List for almost a year now and wanted to share some observations on how we work. continue reading

posted November 29, 2011 by Hoyt

Finish Weekend

While I initially had issues with the concept of Finish Weekend, I'm really glad I participated and believe everyone involved is better off for it. continue reading

posted November 12, 2011 by Hoyt

hubot Scripts Explained

Ok, so now you've got your shiny new hubot up and ready to listen to your every command. But what should we tell him to do with our nonsense! continue reading

posted October 28, 2011 by Hoyt


We need more mentors. Mentors help us avoid mistakes and give us guidance on how to be better at our jobs and at life. continue reading

posted October 20, 2011 by Hoyt

ATT Blames Apple

Like many people around the world today I received my iPhone 4S in the mail and was unable to activate it. I have a theory as to why. continue reading

posted October 14, 2011 by Hoyt

Why Should We Write?

Building a career as a programmer requires a lot of hard work, determination, and in my opinion a lot of writing. continue reading

posted October 14, 2011 by Hoyt

Just Write It Down

I struggle with remembering great ideas, not so great ideas, things I want to accomplish, and so much more. Lets talk about the easiest way to hack our lives so we can be more productive. continue reading

posted October 3, 2011 by Hoyt


Grim is a simple gem for extracting (reaping) a page from a pdf and converting it to an image as well as extract the text from the page as a string. continue reading

posted September 6, 2011 by Hoyt

Ditch Your Crew

Want to be a better programmer and a better person? Ditch your coworkers, go out and meet other peers, ask questions, and most importantly, listen. continue reading

posted September 3, 2011 by Hoyt

A waiter once taught me

While in San Francisco on our long overdue honeymoon I learned a valuable lesson from our waiter at the Farallon restaurant. While the food was amazing, his confidence and pride in their product was the thing that intrigued me. continue reading

posted August 4, 2011 by Hoyt

Speaker Deck's Technology Stack

Ever curious about what the software stack for programs you use looks like? I am, so I thought I'd share what Speaker Deck's technology stack looks like right now, and then I can look back a year from now and see how much it has changed. continue reading

posted July 29, 2011 by Hoyt

Starting to Unplug

Changing the way you live your life sounds weird, and drastic, but I have to admit that I'm really starting to enjoy it. continue reading

posted June 30, 2011 by Hoyt

Obsession and Understanding

I've been emotionally up and down a lot the past few months and a lot of it has had to do with work. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, and therein lies the problem. continue reading

posted June 29, 2011 by Hoyt

Move to Harmony

If you use the older Mephisto blogging app for your website and need something to replace it that _just works_, check out "Harmony": continue reading

posted June 22, 2011 by Hoyt

Thank you

Recognizing someone's hard hard work and thanking them for it is always worth it. continue reading

posted June 8, 2011 by Hoyt

The Smoker - Back Story and First Day

I've been planning on building a 55 gallon smoker for almost a year and a half now, but the time and resources just haven't been there. Today marked the first day of real progress! continue reading

posted May 12, 2011 by Hoyt

Ten Finger Typing

Almost two years ago I broke my wrist. That August I had surgery to repair the fracture and during the surgery my median nerve was severely damaged. I lost feeling in most of my right hand, went thru excruciating pain for several months, and had to learn how to work around my disability. continue reading

posted May 3, 2011 by Hoyt

SXSW: My Biggest Mistake

This was my first SXSW Interactive and while the people, parties, and talks were amazing, I feel like I made one huge mistake the entire conference. continue reading

posted March 21, 2011 by Hoyt


Balancing your home and work life can be terribly difficult, especially when you love your job. continue reading

posted March 5, 2011 by Hoyt

Share the Dream

Sharing in the vision and energy of your team is a key factor to success and happiness at work. continue reading

posted March 3, 2011 by Hoyt

New Guy Blues

Being the new guy in your work place can be intimidating. It can cause anxiety, frustration, and hamper your productivity. Sometimes its your coworkers not making it easy for you, sometimes its just you, your mindset, willingness to stretch your limits. continue reading

posted March 2, 2011 by Hoyt