Category Archives: Work

SmartMenu

Case: Large menu system where different users use different items more often than others. Some spend 80% of their time in <5% of the options, some spend 60% of their time in the least used 10% of the options. Problem: … Continue reading

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Installing OpenQRM 4.7 on Fedora 14

OpenQRM 4.7 doesn’t compile cleanly on Fedora 14 (x64, but I don’t think that matters for this bug), and coercing it to do so isn’t the cleanest trick. The problem is actually with Busybox 1.14.2 that is automatically downloaded and … Continue reading

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The Next Five Years of IT Personnel

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in December 2006. It’s the fifth in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting. Things for the next five look “similar”. There is no formal … Continue reading

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Programming Philosophy

Ask three Computer Science geeks their “programming philosophy” and you’ll get four different answers. I don’t have a direct answer, as I borrow from different schools of thought, and simply have a handful of Canon. Canon of Simplicity Following the … Continue reading

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MySpace Openly Selling User Data

Per thisĀ  /. post, MySpace is now openly selling user data. If you don’t think FaceBook et. al. can and will (and do) do the same when it benefits them, you’re sorely mistaken. “one-time leading social network is now selling … Continue reading

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On Leadership

[NOTE: This essay was originally written for a now-defunct publication, and was never published. The exclusivity period granted to them has expired, and it is being reprinted with minor edits.] It’s rare that I quote the US Military, however they … Continue reading

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The Next Five Years of Storage

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in December 2006. It’s the third in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting. Things for the next five look “similar”. There is no formal … Continue reading

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The Next Five Years of Bandwidth

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in December 2006. It’s the second in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting. Things for the next five look “similar”, yet scaled up in … Continue reading

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Disposable Appliance Computing

[NOTE: This essay was commissioned by a client in February 2007. It’s the first in a series of old-yet-relevant position-papers whose exclusivity has expired, that I’m editing and posting] The hosted systems industry has turned another critical point. Several years … Continue reading

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Ruminations on "The unspoken truth about managing geeks"

Jeff Ello wrote a great piece in Computer World about managing “geeks”. It’s getting a lot of press, good and bad, and really sparked me back into this conversation. If you replace “geek” and “IT pro” in the article with … Continue reading

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