Context Switching for Fun and Profit

I recently read Johanna Rothman’s article on Context Switching. I need to let you, it just ain’t so. Context Switching is Fun! I usually have 3 or more things going on at any time. Right now I’m doing exploratory work for one client (lots of try...

What's Your Point of View?

We recently pruned the fruit trees in the backyard. I did it by myself the previous time, and the results were, well, interesting. So this time we did some research, planned the event and waited for a cool spell. Karol would do the directing, and I would do the...

We have met the enemy

I just about finished the next blog post. The entry had everything. Marvelous content. Humor. Natural seques. I was to the last paragraph and decided to flip from HTML mode to Preview mode. I noticed I forgot to close a “b” with a “/b” making...

Seeing Forests and Trees

If I had six hours to cut a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening my axe. Abraham Lincoln I’m currently working with a client helping them upgrade their systems to the most recent version of their software. Along the way, we’re refactoring and...

Farmer Meditation

At one time, where I live in North Carolina was within 2 hours of 5 different NASCAR race tracks. Since I’m not originally “from around here”, I summarize NASCAR as “A bunch of good ol’ boys. Drive fast. Turn left.” The locals tend...

The Software Cynic

I found the following in some notes from October 2000. I don’t remember why I made the observations. Requirements The bad news: it’s just has hard to define small project requirements as it is large project requirements. The good news: since there are...