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Even more Comcastic than before

Apparently they’re sick of me calling (well, I sure am) so they schedule a tech visit, because of course you need to have someone on site to fix a configuration problem on your servers. He shows up. “Oh, a cablecard. … Continue reading

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Comcastic

“First,” says the Comcast customer support technician, “You dangle the chicken over the cablecard by that coax and then cut its throat with the wire strippers. Make sure it’s over the pentagram, okay?” Okay. At this point I’m willing to … Continue reading

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Programming Sucks

This is so beautiful that I was nearly weeping. Programming Sucks It’s the best description of the state of modern software engineering that I have read in a long time.

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Random notes

I just got done being a juror on a very short two-day trial (about as short as they come). This was a criminal case that wasn’t even close. We reached our decision in about 30 seconds, spent ten or fifteen minutes tossing the evidence around … Continue reading

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Recruitering

I know, first we hang all the lawyers. But soon after that, maybe when the telephone sanitizers have stopped kicking (a little mission creep never hurt anyone, right?) we line up the recruiters and introduce them to a little high … Continue reading

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A bird on the wall …

It was mid-afternoon and someone was poking me. “Hey, are you awake?” they whispered. I blinked and raised my chin. “Huh?” “Ralph wants to know what database we’ve chosen. What database did we choose?” “Grughnk. Guhbbah.” I’d nearly fallen asleep in … Continue reading

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Keeping sharp

A quick story (and a true one, I promise). The Team is at lunch. Say, ten or twelve software engineers sitting at a high table in the Commons at Microsoft, eating sandwiches and chips and soup and so forth. Oh, … Continue reading

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The eternal war against the guys in building B

I wish that I could travel back in time, hand a copy of Horowitz’s book The Art of Electronics to younger me and say, “Read this thing. It will make talking to hardware engineers a bunch easier.” I realize now that all … Continue reading

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Patching the Newton

This one ends with me going into a Good Guys electronics store in a suburb of Boston, flashing my employee badge and saying “I’m from Apple. Take me to your Newtons.” I wanted to use a deep G-man voice, but … Continue reading

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Things that suck

Java. Java updates that utterly break already teetering remote access utilities. The fact that these utilities were written in Java at all is mind boggling. I also reserve a special place in hell for the firmware engineers who thought they could write web … Continue reading

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