My name is David Tate. I'm a freelance technology consultant and author based in Atlanta. Tune in here for best practices in the art and science of remote work.

Latest Posts

Guard Your Identity

Another great post by The Oatmeal: You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you - The OatmealThis is a comic about the backfire effect.The OatmealAnything that you take into your identity, any label you

Twenty Minute Headstart

When you work alone (and on hard problems), you have to hack your own mind to battle procrastination. One of my tricks is to start a big task twenty minutes right before something large is about to happen. Let's say

Developers Need to Understand the Business

All I need to understand is the technology stack.I work on frameworks, I don’t even care what the company actually does.If the technology isn’t any good, the company can’t succeed anyway, so maybe I’ll

A New Definition of Work Ethic

When I was in college I was proud of how hard I worked. I started at 6 AM just as the coffeeshop opened, spending most of the day studying, then attending class before working a part-time job until late at

The Circuit

When you work from home, where you live matters more. When I used to work in Alpharetta [a nice suburb of Atlanta] I knew all the good bike trails, sushi restaurants, and gas stations that carried Sour Skittles. After all,

Recent Items In Other Places

A few quick notes on recent activity outside of this blog that I’ve been involved in: Vetting People for Remote Work I wrote this article about some approaches for effectively determining if someone will mesh well with your