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Reader Question Round-Up: Remote Work, Solution Architects, and the Death of Developer Hegemony

My apologies, readers, for missing a week. Last week I I was on the road in Kansas City and Des Moines, for a pleasant mix of work and recreation. All good life experience, but the work did pile up and push somethings, like blog posts, down my priority stack.

However, I did have another reader question video queued up and needing only an edit, so I got that ready in time for this week. So I’m bringing that to you today, below. In it, I answer the following questions:

  1. 1:02 How to become a solution architect?
  2. 8:50 I’m worried about struggling socially with remote work.
  3. 14:55 Book recommendations for consultants?
  4. 21:15 Is the “Developer Hegemony dream” dead?


  • I’ve mostly tried to resist video games over the last bunch of years, due to lack of time and knowing that they can eat up a lot of it. That said, for the last couple of months, I’ve been treating myself on the weekends to blow off steam and work less.  And I’ve been playing Skyrim, which is everything I hoped an addictive video game might be.
  • In Kansas City, we had excellent barbecue at a couple of very different establishments: Q39, which was an upscale dining experience, and Arthur Bryant’s, which offered stick-to-your-ribs BBQ in a cafe style. I cannot recommend either one enough.
  • (Editorial note: I can’t speak to the bona fides of the author of this — see comments below for more context).  As the world reacts to a respiratory infection pandemic with the traditional, measured, “panic and buy way too much toilet paper” approach, you might feel hard up for a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s an article that you might find refreshing or reassuring on the topic.

The Digest

I’m not going to scrape together a digest this week. I produce little content anymore in venues other than here, the DaedTech Youtube channel, and Hit Subscribe’s YouTube channel.  And I realize that I’ve basically just been linking to that stuff, rather than doing what I originally did with the digests: linking to things I’d write for client blogs.

Fact of the matter is that I rarely, if ever, do any actual writing for clients anymore.  I may resurrect the list going forward, if I have more content to share.

The Round-Up Video

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4 years ago

The linked article is by a Micheal Fumento, a climate change denier and author of a book about how aids is just affects gays and drug users. Feel free to be refreshed or relieved by anything you want, but readers might want to know that this guy isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill scientific expert.

Erik Dietrich
4 years ago
Reply to  nathan

I don’t imagine that anything is aging well right now, so, without re-reading the article, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it turned out to be wildly wrong. As for the bona fides (or lack thereof) of the author, I will freely admit that I read an article and thought, “people might find this interesting” without researching the author at all. Assuming what you’re saying is true, I’d agree that it’s good context for people to have, and appreciate you mentioning it. (I’ll also say that back when I posted this, it was before sports were canceled and… Read more »

4 years ago
Reply to  Erik Dietrich

Cool, don’t mean to nitpick and I appreciate that it would probably be magically prescient to be right about covid three weeks ago. Keep up the great content.