Hi. I’m Duncan Davidson.

I’m an American software developer living in Berlin, Germany. During the day, I work as Technology Advisor at Microsoft for Startups. After hours, I’m a photographer and author. All opinions here are mine.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Marques Brownlee is one of my favorite YouTubers. I’ve enjoyed watching him grow from a 15 year old kid making videos in his parent’s house to the accomplished and thoughtful man he is today. He enriches my experience of life by sharing his experience with us.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Advocating for change starts with empathy.

My feeling is that we can start by checking in with each other, ask all colleagues how they’re doing and what they need, have empathy for what others are feeling. We talk about Model, Coach, Care for our managers, but it’s actually a good framework for how we can, each of us, be there for each other, and for our communities. We can model that behavior we need to see, coach others on how they can be better allies, and care for each other in times of crisis.

This is an excerpt from Satya Nadella’s comments to Microsoft staff on May 28th, shared by Kathleen Hogan.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Trevor Noah talking about the protests:

There’s never a right way to protest, because that’s what protest is. It cannot be right because you are protesting against a thing that is stopping you.

Everyone should watch all 18 minutes of this thoughtful monologue. That goes double if you’re white.

Friday, May 29, 2020

There’s a history behind the phrase: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“So often Trump has engaged in dog whistles,” Lusane said. “But he also engages in blaring trumpets. And this is a pretty clear and very loud message that the response should not be let’s try to address the justice issues that are involved here but let’s be hard-line.”

Last week at Build, I hosted two sessions which are now available on-demand:

The Create Resilience session was a version of the conversations that I’m hosting as part of the Create Online series.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tim O’Reilly looks forward at how to plan for the post-COVID world.

When we look back, we will understand that the 21st century truly began this year, when the COVID19 pandemic took hold. We are entering the century of being blindsided by things that we have been warned about for decades but never took seriously enough to prepare for, the century of lurching from crisis to crisis until, at last, we shake ourselves from the illusion that our world will go back to the comfortable way it was and begin the process of rebuilding our society from the ground up.

We have difficult decisions to make and it’s time to start doing some strategic planning to help us along the way.

docker login azure

Coming later this year, an updated version of Docker Desktop will let you use Azure as a container runtime directly from your desktop.

$ docker login azure
$ docker context aci-create MyTestContext
$ docker context use MyTestContext
$ docker run duncan/my-web-app:1.1

Being able to directly access cloud compute like this from a development desktop will be super cool and useful. More importantly, it will remove a point of friction between developing something locally and deploying it somewhere you can share it with others.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bill Gates hopes that a world after the coronavirus pandemic is one that works together to help avoid future calamity. I’d like to see that happen too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

“I would do everything I can to avoid becoming infected as you don’t know individual outcomes.”

Peter Piot, one of the greats of Ebola and AIDS research, speaking about his experience with COVID-19.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Decades of work undermined the ability of America to govern itself effectively and has resulted in this tragedy, an incalculable loss. Convinced that government was too incapble to govern, and attracted to the prospect of profitably taking it apart, a group of people have managed to make that reality come true through exploiting division and fear.

This is the reality we have created. One where the threat of a virus can’t be effectively responded to with the weight it deserves.

It didn’t have to be this way. No matter which party they affiliate with, we should endeavour to put into power people beleive that government is a service to the people, and not an impedement to profit at the public’s expense. We can argue about how big or how small government should be. We can keep having the discussion about states rights versus federal rights. We’ve all got opinions.

But we need to stop the idiocracy. Now.