It’s meant to be funny #6

I feel like adding an explanation would be over doing it. This picture has the power to brighten any day and improve any activity.


Nicira is now officially launched

I just finished watching Martin Casado and Steve Mullaney talk about network virtualization on and if you dont know what I am talking about, you should head over there and have a look.

Network virtualization is really cool and it works very well (trust me, I made sure of it). Coming from a hardware oriented background when it comes to networks, it was mind blowing to see the sort of things Nicira’s technology allowed me to do with the click of a button or a simple script.

Also, the new webpage looks fancy so that alone is worth a visit.

The underpants gnome scheme

Ever heard of it?

Let me boil it down for you. It’s about people doing things without really knowing why they are doing it that way.

For a more audio/visual explanation, please have a look here: South park Underpant gnomes

Or, enjoy the full episode here: South Park – Gnomes (s02e17)

In any case. When you come to a new place. A new team. A new whatever, people are probably going to be doing things in a certain way. Sometimes there are really good reasons for this but far too often, people just haven’t thought about it.

So, the morals of the story would be something along the lines of:
The things we are doing, are they really bringing us closer to our goal? Or are we just doing them because that’s what we have always done?

Good news everyone!

Yes, the rumors are true. Yours truly will relocate to Stockholm.

Now why would I do something that silly? There is a simple answer. Spotify.
As of January 3rd 2012. I will be working full time for Spotify. I’m being brought on to help with their back-end systems. Now, as a long time (paying) Spotify user, I’ve never had any issues with downtime or poor quality of service so it looks like they have been doing a pretty good job so far.

If you have any issues with Spotify after January 3rd, well, let’s be honest, It’s probably because you weren’t nice enough to me in the past. On an unrelated note, Christmas is coming up!

Google Docs vs. MS Office

So, I’ve already made up my mind but (not) surprisingly not everyone agrees with me.

Microsoft Office

  • It’s been around for ages
  • It has tons of features
  • It is your one stop shop for all things corporate. Spreadsheets, documents, presentation and everything else that will make you fall asleep
  • You only use 20 of those features though
  • You install it on your computer
  • You have to handle synchronization of documents on your own
  • It costs you about 1.5 kidneys
  • New version every few years (with the additional cost of a kidney or two)
Google Docs
  • It’s pretty new compared to Office
  • It has way less features
  • It has the features you actually want, need and use
  • It is your one stop shop for all things corporate.
  • It runs on any computer that can go online
  • It will allow you to effortlessly share and synchronize with others
  • It’s free for everyone. If you want to, you can pay for a corporate license and they will take care of you a little better.
  • Is continuously updated and maintained.
Why you should convince your management to stop paying for Office, Outlook and all that:
  • Google will handle your backup needs. Just like that.
  • No more patching or installing of software. It runs in your browser.
  • No more issues with obscure settings to setup e-mail or calendar. You are up and running from moment 1.
  • It even works on your smartphone, just like that. Super easy.
  • You can collaborate on the same document, no matter where you are. No more e-mailing of .docs back and forth.
  • It’s cheap! $50 per user and year. I mean. Come on!
  • It saves time! No more searching for that feature you want. It’s right there.
    No more iterating through lists for that file you want, Google will search for you.
Reasons to stick with Office:
  • Powerpoint as slightly fancier boxes and effects for your presentations.
So okay. Give everyone Google Apps and then that one person who insists that fancy boxes are important can have a Powerpoint license.

It’s meant to be funny #4

“It lopped a few points of his I.Q but he still has a bright future in QA”
– Dilbert

See, it’s funny because it’s considered to be true.
I know some people I would classify as clever. The vast majority of them are engineers of different disciplines and one of the brightest shining lights among these is one of my first colleges. We were both in QA. Then again, imagine how great he would have been if he hadn’t had that drink of industrial sludge that one time 😉

Like another college keeps telling me, this is great. All the more work and money for the two of us while the code slaves churn their C and C++.

Whatever happen to the team? You know, this collection of disciplines that are combined in a group of people who pull together to reach a common goal?

The next time you see your local QA person, look at him or her as your helpful friend who makes you look good but not allowing you to release broken software. This person should be your best friend. Your greatest ally.