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  • Blog Post: Consider your [data] sources...

    I’m always amused by reasonable seeming statements (including my own) that are then followed by prodigious leaps of non sequitur. Consider the following from Bob Tekiela: One way to find out what skills will be in highest demand this year is to look at job posts. I decided to analyze recent Craigslist...
  • Blog Post: It's not April Fool's Day, but...

    At first blush, Tom’s Hardware has got what appears to be some pretty yellow journalism on the subject of a new IBM patent, but I don’t think that they are actually misinterpreting the patented process which describes programmatically degrading the quality of digital documents. On purpose. Huh. It’s...
  • Blog Post: This is what happens to Twits™ with weak passwords...

    Whoops. Or perhaps Twitter has a feed injection bug that’s been exploited? Maybe Anna Kournikova’s eponymous worm has a new Twitter-focused incarnation? Who knows? Maybe the good folks @ the Code Project really do want to help out on the biological front? Heh.
  • Blog Post: We need to do $@#%ing research to learn this?

    Speaking on behalf of all men with a workshop or a garage (which reminds me, I have a top 10 list that I need to post somewhere from a couple weekends back), this research is a big “Duh!” Why do people get paid to do research like this? How can I get paid to do research like this? "Swearing has...
  • Blog Post: In other words, if I get promoted that means what...?

    The way I read these alleged research results, a lottery is just as effective at picking people for promotions as what we’ve been doing for years? But is there a better way of choosing individuals for promotion? It turns out that there is, say Pluchino and co. Their model shows that two other strategies...
  • Blog Post: Note to Self: Label shipping containers more innocuously...

    It almost reads like something from “When I am an Evil Overlord...” The arrested men had setup an elaborate surveillance operation of the prison that involved a camouflaged tent, powerful binoculars, telephoto lenses, and motion detection sensors. But authorities caught wind of the plan when they intercepted...
  • Blog Post: Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

    A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks to their platform. Sort of like a cherry-cheese...
  • Blog Post: We are sooo doomed as a species.

    I bump into people now and then, even up here in the near orbit of Redmond, who either don’t have an email address or don’t check it regularly. Being a hyper-connected person (my man-portable gadgets radiate enough EM to keep me warm in the winter), these people always remind me that I don’t live on...
  • Blog Post: How reliable is your data source?

    It seems like aeons ago (not even a decade yet) when I was @ a little start-up that was assimilating real estate data to further our digital business model and making sales to web-savvy home buyers at a discount. So many funny stories, so little time... The data from every MLS system we assimilated had...
  • Blog Post: Do you want the bad news first? Or the worse news?

    Oh noes!! "We're interested in seeing COBOL as a first-class citizen on .NET and on the Azure cloud," [chief technology officer of application modernization at Micro Focus] said. "Wherever cloud computing is going, we want COBOL to be running there." Taking COBOL into the Cloud? ...
  • Blog Post: That’s not teen spirit I smell…

    I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas from the visual input alone. I haven’t played the...
  • Blog Post: Voice Command: FORMAT C: [ENTER]

    Well, that’s how the joke used to go about Vista voice command... Apparently somebody thought it would be fun to actually implement something similar in their mobile o/s. On purpose or not. Heh. The bug can hardly be called a security problem, given it requires access to the handset, but the fact that...
  • Blog Post: We don‘t need yet another database security czar.

    I was reading this article about recent data breaches that was recommending Yet Another Government Agency® and (no surprise) I started getting mad: A program to share best practices among agencies at all levels of government and create cybersecurity templates, even if they are not mandated, would be...
  • Blog Post: I’ve had data days like that...

    Brian Walker has a good pair of articles on Thou Shalt Nots™: I had the chance to examine three business databases in five weeks and I'm still staggered by what I found. These are SQL Server databases serving as critical business foundations for companies generating millions of dollars in revenue per...
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