Pragmatic Creation

Daniel Draper, CEO and Founder of Codehire and host at Codr.TV. Geek, muso, health nut and rev head. Helping coders be better coders. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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Tonight I was browsing my twitter stream, and as is often the case with me, not interacting a great deal. But then I saw something that got my attention. @reinteractive, the Twitter handle for Sydney’s dev services company posted this:

This tweet seemed uncharacteristic for the well respected Dev Hub co-organiser so I dug deeper. The offending tweet (since removed) appeared as a screenshot:


The reaction was unsupportive; to put it mildly:

Why is this a problem?

In defence of @ninefold, I think the tweeter had their heart in the right place. I mean the subject of the tweet was female (“a girl’s best friend”). In fact, you could even say that a girl’s best friend is Rails. But it goes deeper than that.

The fact is that the tweet was insensitive. It puts an unnecessary sexual connotation on the message and casts a divide between men and women. In an industry that already struggles enormously with gender balance, this kind of message is at best ill-considered and at worst seriously damaging.

Computer Science was once a female dominated industry. Restoring the balance will require a concerted effort from coders, pundits and corporations across the board and tonight was a set back from one of Sydney’s key players :(

Related: Codr.TV is producing a documentary on Women who code.


Later tonight I received a tweet from @dennisgraham7 who has apologised for the tweet on behalf of @ninefold. As I said, I don’t believe the tweet came across as intended but let this be a lesson for us all.

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So a few days ago there was this:

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

And now Celine Dion has posted a reply.

Either Dion’s publicist saw this as a perfect opportunity for her to promote her Vegas show or the whole thing was a Jimmy Kimmel style social media setup?

What do you think?

So apparently twitter was hacked and in the process many accounts were compromised. The simple fix is to reset your password but the hackers were able to compromise the server that hosts all of Twitter’s stylesheets so that changing your password is damn near impossible.

(NB: technically it was a DNS hack that redirected traffic to a different server entirely)

The fix. If you’re on a Mac/Linux enter the following into your /etc/hosts file:

(you should remove this later when twitter fixes the problem).

Go ahead and reset your password.

Important: you should also revoke access to all of your applications in case one of those was the entry point through which your account was accessed (ie; it may not have been your password it may have been an authorized app).

To revoke access, go into your settings, click “Apps” and click the Revoke Access button next to all of your apps.

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