Monthly Archives: November 2003

It’s all about pace

 

Tortoise, No Hare
 

Anyone who builds software for a living knows that life can be like a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs, twists and turns, sometimes spinning you upside down. However, no matter what acronym you follow (e.g. RAD, XP, etc.), it’s all about pacing oneself throughout a given project. In the large, it’s not a sprint, but a marathon. Just take the guy on the left as an example. He’ll still be around when we’re all feeding daisies.

Update on 5/27/2004: Uncle Bob (i.e. Robert Martin) offers a related post worth reading here.

Witnessing Moore’s Law

This month I got a new home PC, finally replacing a machine I bought over five years ago. It’s amazing to see Moore’s Law in action just using these two computers as a sample set:

  • Jul-1998: 400 MHz Pentium 2 CPU; 384 MB RAM; 11 GB HDD; CD-ROM drive; 3.5″ FDD; USB 1.0; Windows NT 4.0; 19″ CRT
  • Nov-2003: 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 CPU; 1 GB RAM; two 120 GB SATA HDDs; DVD+RW drive; IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0; Windows XP; 20″ LCD

Under new management

OK. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, but this site is back up and running–thanks to my sabbatical! Apparently this I’m just in time to see blogs move from the Wired to the Tired column. I hear that cords are in fashion, too–and you wo’t see me wearing any… (Expired!)

I must credit Movable Type with the basic styles currently incorporated into this site, which attempts to be a pseudo-blog until Comcast decides to offer real weblogging support.