Monthly Archives: July 2013

Back and Better

It’s been a great couple of weeks for me. Even though there was a work trip in the middle, I had a couple days off, travel, two partial work days, and then 3 days with my daughter in Northern California. … Continue reading

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Less QA?

Throughout most of my career, people have complained that software is never tested enough, not tested well, and certainly not enough time is allocated in project plans. I’d also argue that all too often we don’t have people building software … Continue reading

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Data Farming

This editorial was originally published on Oct 13, 2008. It is being re-run as Steve is out today, traveling to a SQL in the City event and SQL Saturday in Sacramento. It’s a fictional story, or at least I hope … Continue reading

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Moving to the Heartland

This editorial was originally published on Oct 17, 2008. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation. This is kind of a US-based editorial, but I suspect that it applies in other countries as well. I caught this article … Continue reading

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The Agile Cult

This editorial was originally published on Sept 23, 2008. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. Can developers change the way they build things? Can corporations? I’d like to think so. After all there are companies and developers … Continue reading

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A Vacation and Traveling to Sacramento

I’ve got a couple days off, starting today after my webinar on Preparing for When Disaster Strikes. I’ve got some family in town, and since I haven’t taken vacation in some time, I’m looking forward to being unwired for a … Continue reading

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Hiring Heterogeneously

I wrote recently about tech interviews and hiring, and even on an interesting interviewing technique for senior people. However we need to hire more than just senior people. We need to hire junior people, and intermediate people. Those roles are important … Continue reading

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DR Failovers

Almost everyone struggles with setting up disaster recovery plans and resources. There are a few companies that take their DR seriously, but for most organizations, it’s an afterthought. It’s an insurance premium that can easily be avoided if there are … Continue reading

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Energy news that caught my eye

I’ve been a big fan of nuclear energy ever since I worked at a power plant. Before that I was terrified and didn’t think it was a good idea, but I learned quite a bit about how it works and … Continue reading

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Password Ninjas

For the time being, passwords are the way that we authenticate users and secure most of our systems. There might be a better system in the future, but for now everyone needs to manage a series of logins and passwords, … Continue reading

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