No one prepared me for parenting. It is tough work, both emotionally and physically. As I look at folks in IT, though, I figure they must be amazing parents. How could they not? The basic nature of their job prepares them for the most difficult parts. They do their jobs […]
We’ve heard by now from Gartner, and Forrester and, well, everyone, about a new evolution of the CIO – the Chief Digital Officer (CDO). A C-level executive hybrid with enough tech savvy to maintain the respect of IT but with the business understanding and foresight to transform existing processes and […]
The weather of the Pacific Northwest is controlled by the Pacific Ocean and the local mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades. This combination gives way to a phenomenon known as rain shadows, small geographical areas that get much less rainfall than surrounding areas. The most extreme example is Sequim, […]
Six years ago Robert Scoble and Shel Israel published Naked Conversations, a book that defined the business use of social media. Last month, Scoble and Israel released a new book, The Age of Context, which promises to define the conversation about the most important trends in our digital lives.
The book, […]
Reading about programmers in government, in businesses and start-ups and, being a programmer myself, I’ve been thinking lately about the power that programmers have, yet there are no ethics written down. Medical professionals have the Hippocratic Oath to guide them to practice medicine honestly. Other professions have oaths as well, perhaps […]
Based on my recent discussions – 80% of the problems that cause War Room scenarios are caused by only about 20% of problem patterns. Most of them are related to performance or architectural issues in the application or in the infrastructure that supports your application. A recent study concluded that 80% of development time is wasted with triaging and fixing […]
Apple released that latest version of the mobile operating system, iOS7, on September 21st. Many of the of 700 million iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads were eligible for the free upgrade.
It turns out that lots of people wanted to jump to the latest software from Apple. In three weeks Apple […]
Software breaches caused by flaws in software are meat and drink for the IT and national press. Barely a week goes by without another announcement of sites being hacked and passwords stolen. At the heart of this are software developers who, if the press is to be believed, are a […]
Watching the #TechFail hashtag has become one of my favorite pastimes. It’s like people watching at the mall and you notice a jerk who just double parked across two handicap spots who’s carrying his coffee towards a patch of black ice in the parking lot… and you are enjoying every […]
When it comes to smartphones, it appears that Android is winning more market share. There might be a lot of focus on whatever version of the iPhone is coming out as fans line up, but Android-based devices are all the rage — perhaps because there are so many smartphone choices […]