Category Archives: Opinions

To those of you who don’t speak French and follow me on Twitter

As may know, France is going to the polls tomorrow to elect a new president. They have a choice between an unaffiliated centrist, Emmanuel Macron, and an unavowed fascist, Marine le Pen. I am not French, but my wife is, … Continue reading

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This guy is out of his mind (and lucky if he can still see)

This guy has to be completely bonkers: he wrote an application in C# (would not have my language of choice) to detect a human face in a live video feed and point a laser at it.

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“Police hack PGP server” — really?

This afternoon, this headline caught my attention: “Police hack PGP server with 3.6 million messages from organized crime BlackBerrys“. When I read it, I thought: “either the journalist/title writer got it wrong, or PGP is broken”.

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Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

Recently, I spent a significant part of the day in a meeting reviewing the year’s progress on several projects, including the introduction of an agile methodology — Scrum. The approach in the meeting was simple: write on a sticky note … Continue reading

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Debugging — or: what I do for a living

I am often asked by friends and acquaintances of various backgrounds, what I do for a living. Depending on my mood at the time, I can answer in any number of ways, but invariably my answers are met with blank … Continue reading

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Technocracy II

In my previous post, I described technocracy as something that is positive in project and product management, and in team organization. In this post, to supply a boundary to my previous text, I will make the case for the opposite.

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Schoenmaker, blijf bij je leest (Cobbler, stick to your last)

This is an old Dutch saying, which probably has its origins in a village with a particularly opinionated cobbler. I am not one to stick to my last — but if I were a cobbler, I don’t think I’d be … Continue reading

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Git demystification

There are a few misconceptions I hear about Git that I find should be cleared up a bit, so here goes:

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Technical documentation

Developers tend to have a very low opinion of technical documentation: it is often wrong, partial, unclear and not worth the trouble of reading. This is, in part, a self-fulfilling prophecy: such low opinions of technical documentation results in them … Continue reading

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Globe and Mail: Canada lacks law that defines, protects trade secrets

According to the Globe and Mail (Iain Marlow, 20 May 2015) the 32-count indictment against six Chinese nationals who allegedly used their positions to obtain intellectual property from universities and businesses in the U.S. and then take that knowledge home … Continue reading

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