If you've happened to glance at the list of systems covered by the Handbook, you may have noticed the state of many of them changing from private; I've been slogging through my dead tree notes and getting many of them on the site. Additionally, in order to plan my travel for the rest of the year, I've been trying to determine the center of gravity of each system so that I can cluster my trips. It's fascinating to see the groupings that already exist. I'm trying to not be US-centric - the software industry is truly a global undertaking - but some regions of the world remain underrepresented (for example, Bora Bora). It's also the case that I've yet to find a project that I want to cover that's been led by a female software architect; suggestions are most, most welcome, for this is a gap that I definitely want to fill.
As for spring cleaning, take note that I plan to purge the user accounts of folks who have not logged in to the Handbook site in the last 6 months. I don't want to hang on to stale accounts and it's most likely that all these folks have forgotten their passwords, anyway. If I have a free moment, I'll automate the process so that I don't have to do this manually. Indeed, the number of small creature comforts I need/would like to write for the site is growing, so I'll need to set aside some late night to knock a few of these off.
Back to the travel for this project, do realize that I'm only doing this all for the air miles :-)
Diversity, Spring Cleaning, and Frequent Flyer Programs
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