Availability: Designing for failure

What does it mean to design for failure and why is it important?

March 21, 2016 |

Does It Make You A Better Person?

In which I ponder what, if anything, can make you a better person.

September 3, 2014 |

The One-Question Job Interview

Do you know how to find the best candidate for the job?

July 3, 2014 |

Drill Press Cabinet

I needed a space for my beer fridge, so I designed and built a base for my drill press that incorporated the fridge. Cheers!

October 10, 2013 |

SketchUp Models

A list of my commonly used SketchUp elements and components.

October 5, 2013 |

Woodworking Bench

In which I document the design and my progress building the ultimate woodworking bench/table.

September 26, 2013 |

Plywood Drawers

A worksheet for calculating part sizes for a drawer.

September 23, 2013 |

Emergency Supplies

A worksheet for calculating the amounts of emergency supplies for a family of a given size.

September 18, 2013 |

Why I switched from MacPorts to Homebrew

Somebody asked me to enumerate the reasons I switched from MacPorts to Homebrew.

July 11, 2013 |

Meaninfgul Life

A reminder to myself to live a meaningful life.

April 12, 2013 |

Home Automation Projects

A list of my Home Automation projects.

March 6, 2013 |

Key Git Concepts

Understanding a few key concepts will help you make sense of how Git works and how to use it effectively.

January 10, 2013 |

Rock Climbing Lessons

There are many lessons to be learned from rock climbing.

November 5, 2012 |

Markdown + Pandoc Workflow

A description of my highly nerdy writing tools and the workflow.

October 26, 2012 |

Interviewing Engineers

On interviewing (software) engineers the right way.

August 21, 2012 |

Rock Climbing First-Aid Kit

Some thoughts on what constitutes a good rock climbing first-aid kit.

June 26, 2012 |

C++11 on a Mac

A howto for getting a C++11 compiler installed on a Mac.

June 6, 2012 |

Camping with the baby, take 1

Some tips for comping with the baby.

May 24, 2012 |

Miscellaneous Projects

A list of my miscellaneous projects.

May 10, 2012 |

Ham Radio

The day I received my US Amateur Radio license, for posterity.

May 10, 2012 |

Haiku Trip Report

My submission for the Haiku Trip Report meme.

March 31, 2012 |


In which I mourn and grieve.

September 22, 2010 |

How to be happy, a very simple recipe

Just a reminder to myself, really...

September 17, 2010 |

Buckwheat Pancakes

My favorite recipe for low-gluten pancakes.

September 17, 2010 |

How To Rock Climb (And Really Enjoy It)

On climbing rocks for fun and profit.

September 9, 2010 |

Borders 2010

A writing "shitty first draft" exercise.

September 6, 2010 |

Early Poems in Russian

A sampling of my early poems in Russian.

August 21, 2010 |

Turtles in my navel

A short piece of fiction inspired by a random combination of words.

August 18, 2010 |

Cherry Garcia ice cream

A recipe for my most favoritest ice cream ever!

May 29, 2010 |

Memorial Day climbing trip to South Lake Tahoe

A climbing trip report, lots of pictures.

July 1, 2009 |

The Edge

A review and a trip report of sorts for The Edge - a survival camp inspired by "Man vs. Wild".

May 31, 2009 |

SOG SEAL Pup Elite Review

Review for my awesome SOG SEAL Pup Elite knife.

October 27, 2008 |

The Everest is taken

Another update on my rock climbing hobby.

September 14, 2008 |

Climbing 5.10c

An update on my new rock climbing hobby.

August 24, 2008 |

100 Miles

Running milestone.

April 2, 2008 |

Build numbers

Build numbers for projects that use Git for source control.

September 17, 2007 |

CD turned 25

RIP CD. Literally.

August 21, 2007 |

Pure means impractical?

In which I attempt to sound smarter than I really am.

February 2, 2007 |

Completeness vs. consistency

A case against perfectionism. On "done" vs. "some day, maybe, but done right".

January 4, 2007 |

Black and white

Perhaps, the world is not black and white!?

December 15, 2006 |

Searching the source code

In which I share a tip for navigating a large codebase.

October 31, 2006 |

Dvorak, 56WPM

An update on my experiment in switching to a more economical and ergonomic keyboard layout.

August 16, 2006 |

Running partner

In which I realize that training with a partner has its benefits (duh)!

July 11, 2006 |

Running in 100 degrees Fahrenheit

In which I don't reveal anything insightful at all.

June 5, 2006 |

Electronic Book

Some thoughts on the electronic book publishing.

December 17, 2005 |

Simplicity vs Complexity

Does simplification of technology makes us dumber?

December 10, 2005 |

Speech/voice recognition

Some thoughts on the voice-based UI.

November 29, 2005 |

Mute/unmute the sound

An AppleScript for muting and unmuting sound.

October 28, 2005 |

AppleScript, Email Announcer

An AppleScript for announcing emails as they arrive in the inbox.

October 27, 2005 |


What is code refactoring?

October 24, 2005 |

Running cadence

It is nice when things come naturally to you!

September 12, 2005 |

Salted Salmon, Russian style

Family recipe for the Salted Salmon.

April 25, 2005 |

Running or Jogging?

Is 6 mph running or jogging?

April 6, 2005 |

Running outdoors

In which I share some of my discoveries from running outdoors for the first time.

April 2, 2005 |

The Da Vinci Code

Book review for the Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (no spoilers).

January 30, 2005 |

I have a dream

I want technology to deliver on its decades-old promises already!

November 30, 2004 |

Palm OS is dead

In which I lament the inevitable demise of the Palm OS platform.

November 15, 2004 |

A little bad poetry

An attempt to translate one of my shorter old poems.

April 29, 2004 |

Programmer's Productivity

A meditative piece in which I explore the notion of productivity as applied to the craft of a software developer (and other such crap).

December 18, 2003 |


A very short story about spring.

March 31, 1995 |

Миссия Будды

A college essay on the Mission of Buddha.

March 31, 1995 |

Анупадака Белый

A college essay on the symbolism in the poetry of Andrei Bely.

March 31, 1995 |


I am a seasoned software professional with a diverse experience in a wide range of industries from financial services and semiconductors to networking and virtualization. I am equally comfortable with the Dev and Ops aspects of running a business. My passion lies in building simple-to-use, simple-to-maintain, self-reliant, and resilient systems that solve critical everyday problems. I believe in hiring smart, passionate and growth-oriented people and then getting the hell out of their way. Usable trumps pretty, maintainable trumps clever, resilient trumps efficient.

January 1, 1990 |

About Me

George Sudarkoff Climber of rocks, maker of things, husband of wife and father of kids. Manage DevOps @SurveyMonkey. Views are my own, but damn they are good views!