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A Recipe for Execution in Crunch Time

A Recipe for Execution in Crunch Time

For many small software teams with loose (or non-existent) project management, “crunch time” usually leads to the unraveling of the project to some degree and inevitable crisis management. In most of these cases, crunch time is the result of: Poor...

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

Adding The Google Test to Your Interviews

On a message board, I read a thread where a poster — a research scientist — was describing how he ended up becoming the defacto IT guy in his department simply because of his superior Google skills and willingness to...

Indoor Rock Climbing – Try It!

One of my recently discovered activities that I’m falling in love with is indoor rock climbing (though I suppose I may try outdoor rock climbing and bouldering one day, too). In a weird way, it’s the ultimate thinking person’s type...

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

What Alan Watts Can Teach Us About Leadership

I was listening to a talk by Alan Watts and found one bit of advice that really connected to what I’ve learned about leading others. The principle is that any time you — as it were — voluntarily let up...

Stateless vs. Appccelerate.StateMachine

I’ve been investigating workflow engines lately (specifically, state machine libraries) and it’s come down to Stateless vs. Appcelerate.StateMachine. First, a digression on why I’m avoiding Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). ┬áIt’s true that there’s tons of documentation, support from Microsoft, perhaps...

Damn It, Microsoft (SharePoint)

Damn It, Microsoft (SharePoint)

Came across an interesting quirk today with regards to AddFieldAsXml in the SharePoint API. It turns out that SharePoint doesn’t really give a damn what you want to call your field when it adds it to the list; it’s going...

Another Day, Another Endorsement…

Another Day, Another Endorsement…

This time, from Alaska’s own Anchorage Daily News: Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool,...

SharePoint “Feature”: Pain In The Ass…

SharePoint “Feature”: Pain In The Ass…

Just to share some findings on working with SharePoint features: The Elements.xml file that you include with your feature deployment cannot contain XML comments; if it does, you will encounter an error when you try to activate your feature using STSADM.exe. ...

Wait, what?

Wait, what?

So CNN has a video on the mythical Japanese Gyroball. After watching this, I’m more curious about their dubious use of information from the Net.  From YouTube, specifically.  Uh, when did random people commenting on YouTube video logs count as...