Monday, December 18, 2006

Going Places

"Cold War cartoon defending the profit motive against anti-capitalist critics." Cartoon in public domain and available at Archive.org. 1948.

Useful Web 2.0 APIs

Here is an interesting collection of 10 useful Web 2.0 APIs.
http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2006/121806-web-20-apis.html

...some stars and planets in scale

from mercury to vv cephei. This is amazing. It puts in perspective two very important things:
1. Physically, we are hugely, hugely insignificant
2. But, mentally, we have been endowed with this awesome capability to discover and appreciate this insignificance

Wow!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Software Project Disaster Types

The Codist carried a series of articles that I happened to stumble upon, thanks to reddit. Written by an experienced soul with about quarter of a century in this industry, these articles beautifully categorize software project disasters. Though I have only about half of the author's experience in the number of years, I can certainly relate to all of these at one level or the other. The good thing is also that it is not just an interesting list- there are some good suggestions to avoid them as well.
The six disaster types are:
  • The Train Wreck
  • The Death March
  • The Sisyphus Project
  • The Ten-Foot-Pole
  • The Kitchen Sink
  • The Painless Upgrade
What do they mean? Read it all at
http://codist.biit.com/fiche/thecodist/article/software-project-disaster-types-1-the-train-wreck