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What I like about the NoSQL crowd
'And this is what I like about the NoSQL crowd (== implementers, advocates and integrators) . They do not care about established standards. They are not afraid to experiment in a “real environment”. Some of them may focus on a single problem and solve it well. Others may aim at a wider range of problems. But no system is stopped from being developed and deployed because it not “SQL compliant” or not relational.' I've been trying to figure out if the NoSQL crowd represented the tip of a new type of software development - that is, a subtle shift in the way "makers" perceive the job and tasks of developing software and what that means for the rest of the software world - like open source or project management tools. The gut-check to feel out is, "these guys are making weird assumptions and doing strange things that make no sense to me as far as something 'you'd want to do."
nosql  databases  developers  via:hackernews 
november 2009 by cote
Dear Dustin Curtis | Dustin Curtis
"But—and I guess here’s the thing I most wanted to get across—simply doing a home page redesign is a piece of cake. You want a redesign? I’ve got six of them in my archives. It only takes a few hours to put together a really good-looking one, as you demonstrated in your post. But doing the design isn’t the hard part, and I think that’s what a lot of outsiders don’t really get, probably because many of them actually do belong to small, just-get-it-done organizations. But those of us who work in enterprise-level situations realize the momentum even a simple redesign must overcome, and not many, I’ll bet, are jumping on this same bandwagon. They know what it’s like." As one of my old co-workers used to say, "you wanna come down here and chum this shit?"
AA.com  UX  cases  via:HackerNews  design 
november 2009 by cote
I'm 20, brilliant and totally lost | Salon Life
A good example of Bruce Sterling's "Gothic High Tech." An excellent one, actually.
via:hackernews  gothichightech  thekids  BruceSterling 
october 2009 by cote
Getting to No
Warning signs for clients and projects that are risky on the "problem customer" vector.
work  consulting  tips  via:hackernews 
october 2009 by cote
Google’s Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles (UPDATED) | Epicenter | Wired.com
"In the end, then, the rusting shell of Google Groups is a reminder that Google is an advertising company — not a modern-day Library of Alexandria."
Google  GoogleGroups  via:HackerNews  Usenet  ads 
october 2009 by cote
Digital Domain - Are the Glory Days Long Gone for I.T.?
I like to frame this idea a different way: IT prices are finally lowering thanks to things like open source and free consumer web services. The market is realizing that it's been bilked for decades to support fat margins for vendors, perhaps justifiably so, but not as often justifiably now-a-days. That's just a theory, though.
it  spending  quotes  via:hackernews  opensource  pricing  free 
august 2009 by cote
gapingvoid: "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards": welcome to the overextended class
Hmm, not sure if this a good thing or not, regardless of the sureness of its truth. One commenter nails the dystopic part of this reoccuring thought among the busy-bodies: "Little confused. Is your argument that the ruling (upper) class having managed to find ways to convince us (working class) to keep working more than 40 hrs a week, slavishly producing for their consumption as close to 24/7 as possible, until we feel completely burned out (and it'll only be getting worse)...and that this is a GOOD thing and we should be proud of it?" We're often so afraid of class warfare here in the States that we gleefully ignore its negative effects on us.
work  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by cote
The Tyranny of Process Worship Within IT
"So large-scale process change efforts are undertaken, meetings are held and PowerPoints are created. In the end, success may be defined as making a few tweaks around the edges, with a new layer of process added on to the existing set. Management may then move on to the next project, while the staff tasked with implementation of these new processes shrugs and goes back to work." Never sure what to make of the "hire smart/good" people argument for IT process improvement. I don't think there's enough of them, so what does "everyone else" do for lack of enough brilliant, highly motivated employees in IT?
itmanagement  via:HackerNews  process  improvement  netflix  itmanagementguys  IT 
august 2009 by cote
Older white males hurt more by this recession
Yeah, it's like when Circuit City fired all the people who knew what was going on. Saves a lot of money for sure and then, oh wait.
via:HackerNews  jobs  numbers  race  crator 
july 2009 by cote
The quirky genius of the Dos Equis ad campaign. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine
Yeah, their motto is awesome too: "I don't often drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis."
beer  via:HackerNews  via:DosEquis 
july 2009 by cote
Decoding the HTML 5 video codec debate - Ars Technica
Using standards development strategically to maintain or try to grab market share.
HTML5  riaweekly  video  ogg  H.264  browsers  wc  standards  via:hackernews 
july 2009 by cote
Why Android Could Be Headed for the Laundry Room
"He argued the world needed a standard, free operating system for all the devices that increasingly have powerful computers inside."
chips  android  via:HackerNews  systems  embedded 
june 2009 by cote
Given the odds, is taking venture capital the best way to get rich?
"To me, taking that longshot at a venture backed liquidity event that leaves you with enough money to be rich is akin to playing the lottery. But building your own business that you control feels a lot more like the ideal of entrepreneurship that many people claim to espouse."
via:HackerNews  vcs  business 
june 2009 by cote
Marco.org - What happened to Microsoft?
"The bigger problem is that Microsoft isn’t very good, and I mean that in a big way." Pretty scathing nerd fightin' talk.
microsoft  via:HackerNews 
may 2009 by cote
Giles Bowkett: What Killed Smalltalk: My Balls
"He goes on to this idea that C++ punishes you for fucking up, and that's a good thing. It's only a good thing for people who fuck up a lot. This is the same bullshit argument people had about Java vs. Ruby in 2006 and 2005. Before that, it was the argument against Python. It's the argument people used when they said nobody should use Lisp ever, and the reason superstitious programmers are afraid of lambda and eval."
via:HackerNews  ruby  programming  railsconf  lisp 
may 2009 by cote
The Atlantic Online | June 2006 | The Management Myth | Matthew Stewart
"At its best, management theory is part of the democratic promise of America. It aims to replace the despotism of the old bosses with the rule of scientific law. It offers economic power to all who have the talent and energy to attain it. The managerial revolution must be counted as part of the great widening of economic opportunity that has contributed so much to our prosperity. But, insofar as it pretends to a kind of esoteric certitude to which it is not entitled, management theory betrays the ideals on which it was founded."
via:HackerNews  management  consulting  taylor 
april 2009 by cote

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