intriguing writing – The Joel Test

I’ve been around coders for years, almost 2 decades now.  Software development isn’t easy, especially if you’re not technical and you’re managing the developers.  I can clearly tell you that these precepts are essential.  Grade yourselves by them quarterly and you’ll make money IF your business model is sound.  Even great programming can’t sell turds as apple pies.

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.html

home systems

I lost 160 GB of data tonight. I hate doing that. So I dropped about $400 today into a new system that will give me about a half terabyte of raided data.

Co-workers are trying to make this last week of on-call more painful than it should be.

holy crap what a good read

I don’t usually dig essays, but this one is pretty compelling. http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

Some snippets can be found below.

Nerds aren’t the only losers in the popularity rat race. Nerds are unpopular because they’re distracted. There are other kids who deliberately opt out because they’re so disgusted with the whole process.

I’m not claiming that bad schools are the whole reason kids get into trouble with drugs. After a while, drugs have their own momentum. No doubt some of the freaks ultimately used drugs to escape from other problems– trouble at home, for example. But, in my school at least, the reason most kids started using drugs was rebellion. Fourteen-year-olds didn’t start smoking pot because they’d heard it would help them forget their problems. They started because they wanted to join a different tribe.

Misrule breeds rebellion; this is not a new idea. And yet the authorities still for the most part act as if drugs were themselves the cause of the problem.

If life seems awful to kids, it’s neither because hormones are turning you all into monsters (as your parents believe), nor because life actually is awful (as you believe). It’s because the adults, who no longer have any economic use for you, have abandoned you to spend years cooped up together with nothing real to do. Any society of that type is awful to live in. You don’t have to look any further to explain why teenage kids are unhappy.