Archives / December, 2007

Revenge of the database

I had a note from a break-out session I led at defrag a few months ago that read "database is back".  It was by far the biggest take away from the two-day conference for me.  While a significant infrastructure has developed around simplifying and virtualizing pretty much every aspect of the technology stack, the common…

Sales is a science, not an art

Andy Blackstone had a great comment to my post yesterday on Atul Gawande’s New Yorker article about explicit behavior (in the case of the article, doctors using checklists). I’ve edited the comment slightly for clarity. An important concept in the article is that the checklists are not aimed at a specific condition but at an…

The most inspirational songs of the 80’s

For a fun diversion take a look at Cracked.com‘s list of “The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational 80’s Songs“. Don’t know that Danger Zone or You’re the Best (Joe Esposito?!?) would be on my personal list. And how can you possibly leave out Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is (which, in a true highlight…

Skinny Songs!

My partner and friend Heidi Roizen has just gone public with her new venture. No – it’s not another tech start-up.  It’s Skinny Songs – a collection of music that she wrote and produced as a soundtrack to inspire those trying to lose weight.  Its part country, part rock, all attitude and extremely catchy (there…

I’ve given up on IM

Someone asked me today if I use IM any more – the answer is a resounding NO. Make that NO WAY. I used to think that IM was useful for short conversations but have completely changed my view on it and dropped using it altogether about 18 months ago. Here are some of my reasons…

Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

You know your software has problems when you have to offer a tool like the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit. The WSPBTK, like its name suggests, stops Windows Update from automatically installing new service packs (and presumably entering into the endless Vista shut-down cycle in the process). Brilliant!   Hat tip to Ross for…

Explicit Behavior

Atul Gawande has an outstanding article in this week’s New Yorker entitled “The Checklist” (full article available) that describes how explicitly defining the steps in complex processes (and then following those steps religiously) significantly reduces errors in certain intensive care procedures. Creating explicit checklists of steps for common ICU procedures resulted in far fewer infections…

The missing social network

Facebook trying to co-opt the web into Facebook highlights for me how backwards the social networking world is today. I’m a fan of the platform idea, but the more I think about this, the more I come to the conclusion that the world already has the greatest platform yet developed at its fingertips – the…

Widgets are s-l-o-w-i-n-g m–e d—o—w—n

The great thing about having a bunch of widgets on my blog is that every time my site slows down I have my choice of people to blame. Shame on me for having so many widgets, I guess, but really – there has to be a better way of managing this. From start to finish,…