We’re software developers and we take our art form seriously. Our palette is the editor to which we lay down our beautifully crafted code. How we name variables, how we … Continue Reading Who is looking at your code?
Ask any software developer a list of things they dislike doing the most and chances are testing and documentation will make the top 2. Testing is one of those necessary … Continue Reading How’s your Software Insurance Policy?
If you are mildly interested in the history of Scottish whisky then you can go no wrong with this book written by Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. Lockhart, died 20 years … Continue Reading “Scotch: The Whisky of Scotland in Fact and Story” by Robert Bruce Lockhart
This book was recommended by my trusted colleague, Stefan Bauer, as a bit of light reading over the weekend. Weighing in at only 291 pages, it was a book that … Continue Reading “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
We all know (and love?) the humble LEGO brick – that 4 pegged indestructible plastic cube, that come a nuclear attack, along with the the cockroach will be the only … Continue Reading “Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation” by David Robertson
I’ve recently finished a fascinating book on the history of Walmart, as told by its founder, Sam Walton. Written in the last year before he died in 1992. At that … Continue Reading “Sam Walton: Made In America” by Sam Walton
“Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think” by: Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Kenneth Cukier
This book was recommended to me by a colleague and after a few days it was read cover-2-cover and only now am I reflecting back on its message. First thing, … Continue Reading “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think” by: Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Kenneth Cukier
Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for $1.1bn (£725m), US media reports say. The acquisition is expected to be announced as early as … Continue Reading Yahoo ‘to buy Tumblr for $1.1bn’
I have been a loyal user of NetworkSolutions for near on 10 years. At my usage peak I had well over a 100 domains managed through them. However, of late … Continue Reading NetworkSolutions – is there any real point of them?
The first step is to consider the way you have always done business — and stop. Failing to do so not only prevents truly innovative thinking; it also ensures failure. … Continue Reading Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking
patrickborn: Fractured Prune Donuts #lancaster #donuts #powerrings Lancaster, PA 3 out of 5 on the donut scale One of our chaps brought in 3 boxes of wonderful doughnuts which is … Continue Reading
http://education.yahoo.net/articles/careers_dead_by_2020.htm?kid=1LFZ5 Fascinating list this, particular when they advise that instead of going into semi-conductors you may want to look at Database Administration instead. Where is the relationship to semi-conductors? … Continue Reading Dying Careers and their alternatives
mobocracy: We rely on memcache pretty heavily at Tumblr, with over 10TB of cache memory available across the stack. One of the things we’ve historically had a challenging time with … Continue Reading Tumblr Engineering: Open Source – Memcache Top