“The [typical] process of recruitment and selection in a company is basically an internet dating process. You say your company is Brad Pitt and she says she’s Angelina Jolie and you go and meet at a bar… You get together for two quick meetings and then you decide to get married and hope it works…”—Inspiring Ricardo Semler lecture at MIT - (37signals)
“The thought of diverse and reusable services, effortlessly communicating through an intelligent Enterprise Service Bus is a powerful siren song for executives who see their development and maintenance budgets spiraling upwards.”—A Rational Plan to Start using SOA
“Grab a business card from your hotel when you check-in. Put the card in your wallet as soon as you get it. This guarantees if ever you get lost or drunk, you can just hand the card to any cab, in any country, speaking none of the local language, and you’ll get home.”—scottberkun.com » Top ten die hard travel tips
“As I was told by Jeff (parroting a storage executive), there are only two types of disk drives in the industry. Drives that have failed, and drives that are about to fail.”—Jonathan Schwartz’s Weblog: Going Bollywood
“(Incidentally, if you don’t live in the United States, you can still vote in our elections, thanks to our electronic voting machines. You might need to guess a password. Try “123” or “Reagan.”)”—The Dilbert Blog: So You Think You Have a Policy
I think you can see many problems with this plan. But you have to compare it to the current political process where idiots elect liars to transfer wealth to crooks. How’s that working out for you?
Let’s take one example: energy policy. At the risk of oversimplifying, our current energy policy in The United States involves shooting bearded people. It’s not hard to imagine better ideas coming out of a reality TV show.
“It’s a simple application of map/reduce, and that gets a lot of people excited, but cool and practical don’t always coincide. Map/reduce applied liberally may end up being the next EJB.”—Labnotes » Not all keys created equal
“SOA does not help you clean up the mess that your software is in. In order to adopt SOA you must first clean up the mess you have made. Once the mess is clean, then you can start to think about SOA.”—SOA, cuts the Gordian Knot — Not.
“Basically what Y Combinator does is give people a tiny amount of seed money to create a company, because WTF, it’s super cheap to create a Web 2.0 company. That’s a pretty good low risk, high beta idea, I suppose, but you’d have to be pretty young to be a Y Combinator company since anyone old can just jet over to the ATM and withdraw that amount.”—The Woodwork » Blog Archive » Avoiding a repeat
“There were a lot of funny miscommunications because we hang around in different circles and assumed we each knew the other’s peeps—his are the entire San Francisco art, culture and tech scene; mine are my imaginary friends.”—The Woodwork » Blog Archive » Twitter stalk
“The difference is that the overruns on a physical construction project are bounded. You never get to the point where you have to hammer in a nail and discover that the nail will take an estimated six months of research and development, with a high level of uncertainty. But software is fractal in complexity. If you’re doing top-down design, you produce a specification that stops at some level of granularity. And you always risk discovering, come implementation time, that the module or class that was the lowest level of your specification hides untold worlds of complexity that will take as much development effort as you’d budgeted for the rest of the project combined. The only way to avoid that is to have your design go all the way down to specifying individual lines of code, in which case you aren’t designing at all, you’re just programming.”—Software Is Hard