sestdiena, decembris 15, 2007

corporate motivation

The problem is that so much of corporate motivation, structure and custom is based on stress, pressure, anxiety

http://the-programmers-stone.com/about/implications-for-software-engineers/

pirmdiena, decembris 10, 2007

What to ignore and what not to

..You should mostly ignore your competitors and mostly ignore the minor ups and downs that feel fantastic or terrible when they happen. You should pay a huge amount of attention to the unbiased people who are actually using your product or service -- not friends or enemies or professional commentators, but people who show up through a search, sign up and give it a try. Ignore everything that makes you miserable, pay tons of attention to everything that makes you happy and productive..


Marc Hedlund

piektdiena, decembris 07, 2007

The only way to keep growing--as a person and as a company--is to keep expanding the boundaries of what you're good at.

J.Spolsky

ceturtdiena, decembris 06, 2007

Bus Buddies

"The Bus Buddies are part of the fastest-growing group of work travelers in the country, people who rarely see their houses in daylight, leave home when their kids are still asleep, and mainline Red Bull just to stay awake. They're known as extreme commuters. They spend at least a month of their lives each year traveling a minimum of an hour-and-a-half to work and back.

This is what economists call "the commuting paradox." Most people travel long distances with the idea that they'll accept the burden for something better, be it a house, salary, or school.

People usually overestimate the value of the things they'll obtain by commuting -- more money, more material goods, more prestige -- and underestimate the benefit of what they are losing: social connections, hobbies, and health... "

-excerpt from a February 25, 2005 BusinessWeek article; authors Michelle Conlin, Lauren Gard and Rob Doyle

http://flickr.com/photos/mariposa_negra/2063099936/

trešdiena, decembris 05, 2007

Anything is possible

Anything is possible, unless it's not.

(šodienas ./ citāts)

otrdiena, decembris 04, 2007

inhouse software

.. New York was the first place I got to see what most computer programmers do for a living. It’s this scary thing called “in house software.” It’s terrifying. You never want to do in house software. You’re a programmer for a big corporation that makes, oh, I don’t know, aluminum cans, and there’s nothing quite available off the shelf which does the exact kind of aluminum can processing that they need, so they have these in-house programmers, or they hire companies like Accenture and IBM to send them overpriced programmers, to write this software. And there are two reasons this is so frightening: one, because it’s not a very fulfilling career if you’re a programmer, for a list of reasons which I’ll enumerate in a moment, but two, it’s frightening because this is what probably 80% of programming jobs are like, and if you’re not very, very careful when you graduate, you might find yourself working on in-house software, by accident, and let me tell you, it can drain the life out of you.


I started to discover that the management philosophy at Juno was old fashioned. The assumption there was that managers exist to tell people what to do. What I was used to from the west coast was an attitude that management is just an annoying, mundane chore someone has to do so that the smart people can get their work done.



http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/12/04.html

trešdiena, novembris 14, 2007

vārdi

Ir dzirdēts, ka piecdesmitajos-sešdesmitajos gados bērniem mēdza likt laikmetīgus vārdus. Zināmākie piemēri laikam: Elektrifikācija, Atomelektrostancija, Dognatijs un Peregnatijs. Ja šī lieta būtu saglabājusies, kādi būtu stilīgie mūsdienu vārdi? Blograkste? Fīdlasis? Diggne? iPhonasijs? Vietņvaldis? Bezvadis? Onlaine? Spraudņdaris? Zibzibne? Gigvilcis? Hibernijs?

svētdiena, oktobris 07, 2007

You can't trust authorities

There was then a fashionable type of program called an expert system, at the core of which was something called an inference engine... The books the professors wrote about expert systems are now ignored. They were not even on a path to anything interesting. And the customers paying so much for them were largely the same government agencies that paid thousands for screwdrivers and toilet seats.

99% of people reading Ulysses are thinking "I'm reading Ulysses" as they do it. ... What kind of book do you read and feel sad that there's only half of it left, instead of being impressed that you're half way through?

... you have to figure out for yourself what's good.
P.Graham

Copy What You Like

hard

Starting a startup is hard, but having a 9 to 5 job is hard too, and in some ways a worse kind of hard.
P.Graham

The Future of Web Startups

sestdiena, oktobris 06, 2007

sestdiena, septembris 29, 2007

Group intelligence is multiplicative when idiots are involved

.. - combining a half-wit with another half-wit does not result in a full-witted person, it results in a quarter-witted person (1/2 x 1/2 = 1/4). Combining a full-witted individual with a half-wit still only yields a half-wit. The more of these "wrong kinds of people" you have involved in the process, the worse things get.
Matthew Inman

history is repeating itself

..history is repeating itself, in three different ways, and the smart strategy is to bet on the same results
Joel Spolsky

ceturtdiena, septembris 27, 2007

X paaudze

.. vienpusīgs vērtējums par to, kas patiesībā ir Palmspringsa — maza pilsētele, kur veci ļaudis cenšas atpirkt savu jaunību un dažus pakāpienus uz sociālajām kāpnēm. Kā tajā teicienā — mēs izlietojam savu jaunību, lai iegūtu mantu, bet savu mantu — lai iegūtu jaunību.

D.Koplends X Paaudze

Daudz laimes

pirmdiena, septembris 17, 2007

Koplends

"There's an endemic inability in the software industry to estimate the amount of time for a software project."(*TRUE*)

Cool term:"Manseconds": (ergonomic unit of measurment applied to keyboards, joysticks).

"Start-ups appeal eather to jaded cynics - because they know the way the things really work - or to the totally naiive - because they don't."

Douglas Coupland. "Microserfs"

sestdiena, septembris 15, 2007

Citāts

Ethan and I drove around Silicon Valley looking at various company parking lots to see whose workers are working on a Sunday. He says that's the surest way to tell in wich company to invest in. "If the techies aren't grinding, the stock ain't climbing."
D. Coupland. "Microserfs"

pirmdiena, septembris 03, 2007

pārāk maz tērējam

One of the biggest mistakes we as OSS advocates make is not spending enough money.
Shawn Powers. Linux Journal. Aug, 2007. "Thin Clients Rock"

piektdiena, augusts 17, 2007

DŽ. Švarcs

.. vendors that don't offer choice can only serve customers that don't want choice..

avots

ceturtdiena, augusts 16, 2007

nākotne notiek tagad

Vakar lietišķajā dienā bija raksts par web 2 un doma, ka tas nav slikti, ka dzīvojam nomalē. Jo raugi - nākotne jau pašlaik kaut kur norisinās.
Šodien O'Reily Radar ziņās ieraudzīju linku uz grāmatu Programming Collective Intelligence

Kaut kā liekās ka šīs lietas ir atslēga uz nākotni.

Kā raksta http://cci.mit.edu/
"Our basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?"

otrdiena, augusts 14, 2007

Katedrāle un tirgus

Aizķēra sekojošas pērles :

"Sociologi jau daudzus gadus atpakaļ atklāja, ka vidējais masu (ar līdzvērtīgām zināšanām vai ignoranci) viedoklis ir vairāk uzticams, kā jebkura viena novērotāja viedoklis. Viņi to nosauca par Delfu efektu. Linuss ir parādījis, ka šis likums strādā arī operētājsistēmas atkļūdošanā – Delfu efekts var savaldīt pat tādu sarežģītu lietu kā OS kodols."

"Fundamentāla problēma programmu izstrādē ir Brūka likums "Ja novēlotam projektam pievieno papildus programmētājus, tas tiek kavēts vēl vairāk". Vispārīgi Brūka likums nosaka to, ka sarežģītības un saziņas izmaksas pieaug kvadrātiski no izstrādātāju skaita, kamēr padarītais darbs tikai lineāri."

"Viena no plaši zināmām programmatūras izstrādes teorēmām vēsta, ka 60% līdz 75% tradicionālo izstrādes projektu vai nu nekad nav pabeigti, vai tos ir noraidījuši iecerētie lietotāji. Ja šie skaitļi ir tuvu patiesībai (un es neesmu saticis vadītāju, kas tam iebilstu), tad vairums projektu ir virzīti uz mērķi, kas (a) patiesībā nav sasniedzami, vai (b) ir absolūti nepareizi.

Tas ir galvenais cēlonis, kāpēc šodienas programmatūras izstrādes pasaulē izdzirdot frāzi "vadības komiteja" mugurai pāriet drebuļi - pat (vai it īpaši), ja dzirdētājs pats ir vadītājs."

Pilns teksts latviešu valodā
Katedrāle un Tirgus

sestdiena, aprīlis 14, 2007

Present a simplified reality


Present a distilled version of reality that users can understand rapidly.
Emphasise underlying structure.
Optimise the reality you present to help users make informed choices.

Etech 2007 Presentations

piektdiena, aprīlis 13, 2007

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tas ir hello world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainfuck

citas esoteric programming languages ..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esoteric_languages
http://p-nand-q.com/humor/programming_languages/java2k.html

varētu būt ievērības cienīgi

http://dabbledb.com/explore/7minutedemo/
http://dabbledb.com/explore/screencasts/digg/

piektdiena, februāris 02, 2007

Велнс

Велнс, вот каа лай тагад дабон латвиешу буртус атпакаль ? Ес баксту, баксту
...... (*;*:?*(?№:;%*(?)**)__8=o(Y_))(&(*^9 ......и некас несанак, незину
риттиго погу, блёда ..... Лайкам янем полшс ун яиет пие Рудолфа, лай наак ун
пабакста, винш дриз наакс но дарба маяс .. Винш но компютера неко несапрот,
тапат каа эс, бет винш ир вейксмиигс, винш пат каадрейз "
Спортлотто " лэдусскапи виннэя ...

sestdiena, janvāris 13, 2007

How to make apache2 authenticate against MS SQL 200 Server

I removed the entry as it has been published in howtoforge.com. Pls. check it out there.
And there are some diggs of my story. Thanks!