The Universal Translator

Remember these from Star Trek?

Any conversation they would have with another species would be automagically translated so there were no miscues in conversation?

Wouldn’t it be great though if the translator had a delay in it, so in translating the message it wasn’t instantaneous so we had to try to work it out on our own before getting the answer?

Wouldn’t that make for some interesting discussions?

Sometimes it’s not the result that makes for the best learning, but the work we do to get there.

Can you spot the fake?

Without no context or information?

It’s becoming harder to do so.

Want to know what provides you with a better chance of spotting the fake?

Learning the Landscape before the big meeting, reading the architecture doc before it is approved, understanding the reasons why the team was really late on that last release.

We have all the information at our fingertips to spot the fake before it’s too late.

We are simply choosing not to based on our own convenience.

Is the RSS Feed dead?

I used to use Google Reader all the time.

It was the most convenient application of a reader side-by-side by one of my most used applications.  I would check emails, then click a button to read my feeds.

The two were connected in a symbiotic relationship where I would consume the news from my email and then from my feeds.

It didn’t even feel like I was jumping between apps when I used them.

I still have an RSS Feed app (both on my phone and online) but I find myself visiting it once a week (or maybe less).

It’s not that I’m reading less, in fact I’m reading much more, more than I ever have.  But I am getting my information from different sources now – twitter, linkedin, direct to blogs, subscribed mail to the ones I love the most, podcasts, etc.

I can easily go a month without worrying about not checking my feeds and not feel like I have missed something.

I’m not sure if RSS feeds are Dead and I think there will always be a use for them.  Perhaps it’s the reader(s) that are slowing taking their last breath.

Write Software is the Opposite of Running

Here’s how.

When we Start

Software – We can’t wait to begin, the project is all new and shiny and full of so many possibilities.

Running – Getting up is a pain, we know it’s good for us, we know we should do it, but it’s so hard to get going.

In the Middle

Software – Things have become muddled, there is so much work to do, we’re not sure how it’s going to get done, but we keep on plowing through.

Running – The end seems so far away, we have a stitch in our side, but we’re not going to stop pushing through.

When we finish

Software – There are so many things we want to do over, fix and refactor.  We can’t wait for the next new project to start to get out of maintenance mode.

Running – We are elated at what we accomplished, it doesn’t matter what tomorrow brings, look at what we did.

They look the same in the middle, both not sure which way to go, but their start and finishes are completely different – when writing software, we need no help in arriving to that kick-off meeting in time, it’s a great new day whereas with running we need to give ourselves a kick to get there.

But when we finish that run, that swirl of emotions of accomplishment comes over us, it doesn’t matter how we ran, how fast we went, what our pace was or how many times we walked – we did it, we did it together.

Maybe not so opposite and maybe room to borrow from each when starting and stopping.

The One Rule of Email

If you wouldn’t say it someone’s face, don’t say it in an email, because eventually it will get back to that person.

The rule applies to those in the following Age Category…

0 – 110

If you are older than 110, I hope you are doing something else other than Email.