Not all prime numbers are happy numbers
....103 is. I mentioned in my 100th blog
that I would end my blog writing on a prime number and although I didn't think it would happen so soon, ending on a happy number is the right decision.
Why am I ending this blog? For a number of reasons:
- Even in the world of social networks, you always need an exit strategy.
- Social network participation comes and goes in waves....sometimes you ride them all the way to the shore and get off even while others continue to surf.
Relative to My developerWorks, the time as come for me to move inland away from the shore.
I might come back to lurk and watch ......whether I get my toes back in the water...too soon to tell.
For now..... Happy Trails to all...
Test your trivia knowledge... Play against I.B.M.’s question-answering supercomputer.
When you play...do you hear the music playing? Have fun... and let me know if you are smarter than a super computer..
I am not a regular visitor to My Profile or My Home page on My developerWorks as I tend to drop in to read the My developerWorks blogs and then leave. On occasion, I take a broader tour and I did that today. I was pleasantly surprised by the following status update:
So of course I had to go check out the articl
e and then find the developerWorks article
...which has the great headline of " The second article of this two-part series explores more advanced
lex/yacc development and introduces basic troubleshooting techniques.
See e-mail headers parsed before your very eyes! Marvel at cryptic
error messages! See a computer actually compute something!
and then go to the new-to-me translation site
- " vhet foon yuoo cun leern zee must emezeeng theengs iff yuoo joost luuk"
I like prime numbers. They have a bit of magic and mystery to them.
The 100th blog entry caused me to think about
- the goal of my blog
- the future of my blog
- my commitment to the blog - blogging once, twice, sometimes three times a week
I want a graceful exit:
- a planned exit
- not a fading away in wondering if I just got forgetful or lazy or tired
So, my last confession will be a prime number. Not sure what number it will be yet....just that it will be a prime number.
When I break down the components of work to explain it to a 3 year old, here is what appears:
- Talk on the phone or to myself (when I use VOIP she said I look like I am talking to myself)
- Type on the keyboard
- Watch the screen for hours and hours and hours
What is not visible is the thought process nor the output. Nothing I can "hand" a 3 year old and say "I built this. I visited the new Industry zone
on developerWorks to get some ideas. Healthcare
was the best candidate as most 3 year olds understand how a doctor works. Made me wonder when the concept of software does become tangible?
Software in the context of the physical world that helps solves
problems or makes a physical device come alive, those make some sense
to a child.
May 14th and beyond....or at least all the way through early 2011.... Building Lotus Domino Web 2.0 applications with XPages
Now...if I have plans on May 14th....I'll be able to catch the replay later...I like that.
- What exactly is IRL: in real life. Are on-line activities not real life?
- Social: non IRL activity ? and when did social become a noun?
Just food for thought as today I heard IRL being used to refer to a face-to-face meeting ...and it got my attention. Then I heard the word "social" being used as a noun. Now, granted, in olden days people went to socials (short I imagine for social functions). There is social software, social networking, social interactions....where social modifies or describes a noun.....using "social" as a noun meaning non-IRL activity. Craziness.
The birds are outside my window teaching their young to fly. It appears ever so simple. Wobble on the ledge...jump....hop back up...try again. It doesn't take long before the young ones take to air with the greatest of ease.
When humans learn (and take to the air) often it is not with the greatest of ease. IBM Rational® Professional Services
using • IBM Rational Change
• IBM Rational DOORS®
• IBM Rational Synergy
• IBM Rational Tau
designed an automated collision detection solution
that pulls flight
and weather data from
vehicle sensors and ground systems to prevent potential collisions. The
solution, built with IBM Rational software, plots location and heading
three-dimensional models to better predict vehicle paths and even to
support autopilot-controlled plane landings.
- Collision avoidance is important as is monitoring real-time flight conditions - birds just do it...humans count on technology.
- Have you visited the new Industry zone on developerWorks yet? It is all about how we humans count on technology.
Have you ever looked around your home, office, garage or e-mail for hazardous waste? We had a community clean up this weekend and it made me think of all the various types of hazardous waste in our lives. Work is full of waste. I've already commented on meetings
and dare I next approach the waste in my e-mail in-basket? We all have it ...some are better at removal than others.. ...but like with all hazardous waste, we also hope there are opportunities to recycle. And speaking of that....I received an e-mail pointing me to 10 tips for sensible systems administration.
Had I labeled it waste and dumped it in the trash faster than I do with spam, I would have missed a fantastic article that weaves an historic American character into the fabric of today's work.
The title does not do the article justice....granted is is a good tile...but would it make you buy the book? It is a must read...and maybe even worth being made into a short movie ......I won't give away the plot ....just imagine time travel and kites......nor the classic quotes such as "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure" or "A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between
First....what is a "customer"? It is anyone that buys, uses, tests or you want to buy, use, test a product, module, feature you are creating, working on, testing, selling etc.
Now.....how do you usually get to know your customer? Look them up on the web? Look people up on LinkedIn, Facebook and even on My developerWorks to learn more about their background, interests and history? What about looking up information on their business and industry? Searching the web again are you? You can now check some interesting insights on the Industry zone
on developerWorks.....really....do check it out....they are looking for feedback.
But beyond the web.... what are ways to get to know the audience for what you are building, developing, project managing, testing etc?
- Volunteer to go through your customer's new hire training (I have to admit I did this with one of my customers - they were a fast food business and it was quite fun. I thought I knew their business as I was one of their regular customers....I was so wrong....very eye-opening...and definitely helped me design a better solution for them)
- Work at a corporate store to learn their business ( I sat in with the customer service desk at one of my customers and not only was that eye opening but also quite an earful..best way to really see how their business operated)
- Participate on an Industry association committee
- Attend an industry conference (I worked at my customer's booth at one of their conferences....a great way to hear from their customers....again...really helped me understand not only my customer's issues but also their customers' issues).
- Subscribe to an association periodical (why the hardcopy vs web? you can still do the web, but paper will allow you to see the placement of the articles and ads too....a great way to see positioning of the industry, business and competitors in the area...in fact...consider local and national periodicals).
- Increase your understanding of what your customer's "pain" and therefore what you need to build, design, test etc
- Increase credibility with your peers, your management, and your clients
- Increase your exposure and reach....perhaps becoming not only a hot shot in your technology but also one with Industry-specific knowledge
I spent two days "away" from my work environment instant message vehicle last week ......and may I say....after the first moments of terror ...I was actually quite fine and dandy.
Today, we are such a society of NOW. As well as "it is all about ME". Instant Messages (IM) often have the pretext that the sender is more important than the receiver.....as surely, the senders need to interrupt the receiver assumes the receiver is ready, willing and aware that their time is not as valuable as the senders. Cold? A bit...but come on....as a sender haven't we all assumed what we need is more important than the receiver? And as a receiver of an IM, aren't we sometimes perturbed by the interruption?
As to Live Chat....oh my......I only want it WHEN I WANT it. I think I've only used it a few times on various and sites ...and the first time was to test it . When a "live chat" box pops up to see if I want help....it usually just irks me..... the pop up appears before I've really had a chance to look around/find what I want /explore on my own....almost like a sales person that approaches you the minute you walk in the door.
I've "heard" from a few people, that if My developerWorks had the ability for instant messaging or live chat between members that it would be the killer feature. For those that are reading this blog and are brave enough to comment, what's your opinion?
- Would you use My developerWorks more if instant messaging/live chat between members was available?
- Can you guess my opinion?
Given the choice, would you rather watch a video, live feed, podcast or read to learn about new info and news?
As my usual answer, it depends for me.
IBM just re-vamped their YouTube channel
and it did capture my attention....ok....just for a few minutes as my attention span is a nano-second .....but enough to make me want to revisit the site in short bursts....
Star Trek or Star Wars? That is a question that is often asked on the interviews of techies on Yin Yang
I guess since this auction
fascinated me and Spot is my favorite character (is that not too obvious?)....perhaps it is Star Trek....then again I have quoted Yoda
Either way, I am thankful for future thinkers and that leads me back to developerWorks
and all the future thinkers that engage in blogs, write articles, and contribute to bookmarks, groups and forums. Maybe one of will create our next "favorite future character"....and if it is a cat....thank you.
What do you do when you have a problem? Do you look at the help screens? Open the user manual? Do you first try to locate an expert or the closest person available?
- I'll admit, depending on my mood, I might reach out via Instant Messaging, texting or a shout out to reach a "live" human being first....after all...don't we all want our answers NOW.
- I had a question about how hotlinks work on My developerWorks. I first went to the developerWorks feedback group discussion forum to see if anyone else had asked the question. I didn't see anything close, so I entered my own question.....and now I wait. I know it won't take the team long to get back to me....and I, indeed, can be patient as by entering my question I have now contributed to the great good...the collective wisdom...the community sharing.... and maybe I can view that contribution as being all about ME...and then the NOW can wait.
What's a blogger to do when asked to blog about a specific subject? Here's what I do:
- I am polite and listen and/or read the request .
- and then I proceed to be passive aggressive and don't act on the request... usually I react with silence (as in no reply verbally or in writing)
- The topic may or may not resonate with me or my "voice"
- I have to be in the mood to blog....the spirit has to hit me......
- I have a blogging "voice" and being asked to blog on a topic "feels" like an assignment....so no matter the topic, being asked, just seems to stifle my "voice"
Since my first "True Confession
" my blog voice hasn't changed:
- "Blogs are about being authentic and for me to be authentic I have to have fun. I was inspired to begin this blog after reading about the Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) - happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success. My intention is to blog about the fun, the absurd, the thrills, the chills and the adventures of my developerWorks experience and about what I find on My developerWorks.. Stay tuned as during this adventure I hope to find the things that can make us laugh, challenge our thoughts, vent , ask questions and listen, listen, listen. Oh....and make a few confessions along the way too"
The beauty of developerWorks is you just never know what you'll find. I found a link to the
Cell Broadband Engine resource center : Your definitive resource for all things Cell/B.E.
and since I had no idea what it was.....I had to go look .
...and as always, lots of great info...starting with...what it is ....
The QS22, based on the new IBM PowerXCell™ 8i multicore
processor, offers extraordinary single-precision and
double-precision floating-point computing power to accelerate key
algorithms, such as 3D rendering, compression, encryption,
financial algorithms, and seismic processing.
To enable you to take full advantage of the Cell/B.E.
architecture and the PowerXCell 8i processor, IBM has
developed a software development kit designed to accelerate
production-ready, multicore programming.
The IBM Software Development Kit (SDK) for Multicore
Acceleration provides the libraries, tools, and
resources that businesses need to develop and tune
applications for Cell/B.E. technology. The IBM SDK for
Multicore Acceleration enables you to easily:
- Port and optimize applications and algorithms quickly
- Increase ease of programming and developer
- Obtain a reliable development toolkit with warranty and
- Plug in third-party ISV libraries to integrate and build
your software ecosystem
Does this mean anything to me? Nah...but still very interesting to explore.... perhaps though it is interesting to you?
What is CouchDB and why did it get my attention? an article on developerWorks of course: CouchDB2 basics for PHP developers
:A look at CouchDB from a
PHP developer's point of view" by Thomas Myer
, Principal, Triple Dog Dare Media
and then this happened....
- Couch ....it is for sitting and the article was written by a principal at Triple Dog Dare Media.
Somehow it all got me thinking about furniture and that without furniture would we really be able to have a CouchDB2 ...or have PHP developers? Think about it, without furniture, where would we "sit"? And then "sit" ...it is one of the first commands taught to dogs to ensure there is control in the environment. Hence, ..is furniture (sitting) a way to control a developer? If we had no furniture, would technology have ever evolved?
I will continue to have to have Browser Wars
but I will no longer have "presentation" tool wars. I'm now using a complete suite of office productivity software for creating, editing,
and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available for free download now on developerWorks...and who doesn't like the words free and no charge?
What is it I am using?
- IBM Lotus Symphony is based on the Open Document Format (ODF)
standard-which means you're not locked into proprietary file formats, software
licensing agreements and upgrades.
at first I was worried about
- all those PPT files I have and that I receive...needless worry on my part...Symphony is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats
- my frustrated as any new tool always brings new challenges ...old habits are die slowly...would make me swear lots (ok that did happen) but that was overcome the more I used Symphony (not quite at the 10K hours of expert yet) plus there is great free online education as well as lots of useful
tips and tools that made me feel comfortable in my learning and
Will I totally abandon Microsoft Office? Don't know about that 100% ..at least, though, finally, free tools and freedom of choice!
I used to be an operating system bigot....all concerned about what platform I was using, performance, security, etc. Now ...now I care more about my browser. I know they are tied together, it just seems easier today to blame the browser.
I prefer Firefox and yet I am glad I have IE as a back up. Sometimes IE is not the back up as there are few applications that only run with IE (don't get me started on that frustration). Sometimes Firefox has a browser freeze (I bet you love that technical explanation) at the most inopportune times and I just don't want to shut all my sessions which makes IE the backup.
For My developerWorks, Firefox is it. IE just doesn't make the grade...it does funny things (another technical explanation for when I don't like what is displayed on my screen and it is not about the content) with the layout or content (or lack thereof) presentation and I just don't have the patience or desire to debug... that is the beauty of two browsers.... no waiting...it doesn't work in one...go to the other.
- I know I want to always have a back up.....a Plan B....... and maybe a C and D.
- Anyone care to share their favorite browser hero or horror stories?
So the story goes that "Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year
" : On average, global web users across 10 countries spent roughly five and
a half hours on social networks in February 2010, up more than two
hours from the same time last year. While the U.S. boasts the largest
unique social networking audience, Italian and Australian web surfers
led the way for average time on site with more than six hours each in
I am just not sure I like that "two MORE hours" ....perhaps it is included in my normal hours
as I just can't see how there are any more hours in the day....or did I miss something while I was spending all my expert time in meetings, conference calls, doing e-mail and working? Maybe it is a minute here and a minute there....that I can handle. I visit many social networks on a regular basis yet I never stay too long. Cumulative though of all my minutes... ok.....I've now talked my way into 2 more than last year....as afterall....last year at this time we didn't have My developerWorks!!!