Hitting The Flavour Shot

Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:33:18 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Health, a little about life

I had a spiritual moment this morning. The Buddists call it Nirvana. Christians might call it this side of Heaven. What you ask? There is now a Flavour Spot at SW 3rd and Ash (red trailer).

If you are uneducated in this realm of spirituallity, they sell Dutch Tacos. Imagine all your breakfast rolled up in a waffle taco.

Today, I had the ham & cheese. Ham, cheese, and, well, waffle.

If that is not Heavenly, there is no hope for you.


Outliers (Book Review)

Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:33:58 am by Dustin
Filed under Book Review, Fun, General

Full Title: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
ISBN: 978-0-316-01792-3
Get it cheap.

Summary: Malcolm answers the questions of how truly successful become that way. Ben Franklin rose from virtually nothing, for instance, to sit with kings. Outliers explains how people in Franklin’s position do work hard but also get very lucky, come from the right family, and in some cases born in to ‘correct’ month.

What I thought: After reading The Tipping Point, I was a bit reluctant to grab another Gladwell book but I tried anyway. I found this text quite interesting though. The examples used clearly construed how a person not only truly needs to work their butt off to get ahead but also needs to get really really lucky.


Defining Enterprise Software

Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:16:05 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Payroll, Software, a little about life

For the last several days, I have been trying to find an explanation for what ‘enterprise’ software really is. I have not found one yet. This is troublesome for me since I consider myself an orchestrator of enterprise-level software. When there is no proper definition of what one does for a living, it can create some true value in life. No fun times.

Perusing the Internets, I found a couple opinions of its definition. Generally, they fall into one of two categories:

The former is basically saying enterprise software is just software. The latter is just annoying.

Unless you are lazy, you would probably not find these definitions representative of your career.

Without getting into too much flowery marketing mumbo jumbo, there needs to be another answer. Here is mine:

Software architected to support the breath and depth of its users needs while producing a minimalistic footprint on its own and neighboring systems. This system should not only be easily created but, more importantly, well maintained.

Well that is the definition I have come up with today. This might change over time but will a good start.

I am curious what you all think.


PJUG: WebSockets

Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:02:03 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, Software, a little about life

I just got out of a PJUG talking about WebSockets. I am now standing in the windy night waiting for the train and thought I would let you all know.

I have not found a good way to copy and paste on this phone, so you will need to do your own searching today.

WebSockets are a new-ish way for web clients and servers to communicate. This is bi-directional though. Unlike the typical AJAX (client to server) method used today.

PJUG was your typical nerd-alert affair but free pizza and knowledge of new techologies for people more smarter than I was worth it.

This phone warms the hands nicely!


Fixing The Derivatives Market

Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:46:32 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Finance, General

Derivatives are an interesting beast in the financial world. They can be very powerful or very hazardous.

Although I find finance fascinating, I am no expert. I do know there is some ambiguity between how GAAP applies to derivatives. This miscommunication causes investors and the public to be unaware of the true state of a company’s assets and debts. AIG is a good example of this. At its peak, it was 11 times leverages. That means $11 of debt for every $1 of assets. I personally do not feel all debt is bad. There becomes a point where my investment becomes hindered.

Chris Dodd thinks would we should publicly trade derivatives. Rather I would vote we get them completely on balance sheets. This get the numbers in the hands of investors quarterly. Public traded assets get forgot; quarterly reminders puts pressure of executives.