Tuesday Feb 06, 2007

Million shutters snapping...

And I still cannot find the photo that I want.

The Queen Mary 2 arrived in San Francisco last Sunday. My family and I were among the few folks came out to see the ship arrive yesterday. We spent about two hours playing at Crissy Field and people watching.

I got some great shots of the ship from the bank of the jogging path.


A three shot panorama

I searched on flickr.com for the other shot that I thought would be nice, but haven't found it yet. I am looking for a shot from high on the Presidio, with the Palace of Fine Arts in the foreground and the QM2 in the background.

Thursday Feb 01, 2007

Come join us Matt

I saw this entry on Matt Raible's blog and I was stoked. Here is the part that piqued my interest...
The most intriguing interview so far has been with Sun. 
I'm jazzed about it because of the work opportunities there, 
but I'm not-so-jazzed because 1) it's a full-time position 
(which typically pay a lot less than contracting and 2) it's
working for a big company. That being said, it does seem 
that Sun is really turning things around and it's probably 
an exciting time to work there. 

I have played with AppFuse and have been very impressed with it.

Friday Jan 12, 2007

An alternate lifecycle for BDD

Todd Fast has an excellent entry on Bug Driven Development. While I agree with just about everything that Todd has said, I would like to propose a slightly different lifecycle for the issue objects.

In Todd's lifecycle, a feature issue is opened to indicate that something is being proposed and closed when its development is completed. This is good, but leaves your bug tracking system filled with feature issues that might not be part of the product anymore. As a project mutates, some of those features may be obsolete, but folks may think they are still part of the projects feature set.

I would propose that all changes to the project be proposed as enhancements or defects. A new feature would get filed as an enhancement (instead of being filed as a feature). It would live the life that Todd proposes, until the day that it would be closed in his lifecycle.

Instead of closing the initial issue (an enhancement), the lead would promote the issue to be an open feature issue. This feature issue would remain open until the feature is deprecated; at that point the feature issue is closed.

Using this promotion scheme would allow folks to easily discover the features of the project.

Thursday Aug 03, 2006

Worth a listen or read, then some more reading

On the way to the office this morning, I listened to a segment on NPR about emergency preparedness. While I don't completely agree with sentiment that "nobody is telling me what to do", it did remind me that I haven't checked my preparedness lately.

I did a quick search and discovered this site: http://www.72hours.org.

It is fairly complete and the entire site is available as a PDF so you can read it/access it via dead trees (which can be kind of handy if the power or telecom infrastructure starts to have "issues").

Wednesday Apr 05, 2006

REM fans... sing along with the Mac users

It's the end of the world as I know it. I feel fine.

Sunday Apr 02, 2006

My wit takes a holiday, but others stand firm

I feel guilty today.

Yesterday was 1 April 2006 and I did not post anything ironically witty as a contribution to April foolishness. I was up skiing with a daughter and some friends.

Some folks did have wonderful entries, though...

Remember, if you heard it from a Sun employee on Saturday, you may have heard a fish tale...

Sunday Mar 12, 2006

I must be a real blogger now!

I got to deal with my first case of referrer spamming. It was nice to be in the "hot list" for a few minutes. But I want my entries to "earn it".

The interesting thing about this spam is: it is totally useless. I don't publish my referrer list, just the count.

It make you wonder... If somebody harnessed the CPU cycles/bandwidth that are being frittered away on various spamming activities to do something useful, where would science be today?

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