- H x D x W x Y = 63, 000 hours for me
H = # of hours I am in front of, using technology that has a display, CRT, or monitor and a keyboard type device
D = # of days a week I am in front of said technology
W = # of weeks in a year (excluding vacations, holiday, sick days, non-work days)
Y = # of years I've been "involved" with technology stuff
I didn't grow up with technology...it came into my existence in college and then full blown once I graduated. I decided to eliminate phone and entertainment type devices from my calculations and keep it pure to just terminals, PCs, and laptops. I also used averages as I can be crystal clear on the # of years while the others have more variability. As my entire working life has been with technology, I also decided to just include all my working hours. Granted, in the my earlier days, technology was not portable and so I didn't spend as many hours in front of technology, I figured it compensated as now even if I am in a face to face meeting, the technology is present plus I didn't include weekend hours and so it all balances out as I actually do use technology on the weekends.......this was not meant to be scientific ....and honestly...once I started the calculations it got darn scary.
Net...give or take 5K....I've spent 63,000 hours working with technology.
Breaking it down further.....
- let's guess I've spent 1/3 of that time in meetings or conference calls and 1/3 of my time "doing" e-mail. Does that sound scary? 20K hours in meetings/conference calls and another 20K reading/writing e-mails?
- What about using My developerWorks and other social software tools? 205 blogs (I have another blog) + 20 wikis I actively update x 30 minutes each (give or take) = 112.5 hours. I am going to ignore Facebook, SameTime,LinkedIn, lurking on user groups, forums, using search tools, etc....
Ten thousand hours: That’s how long it takes to become good at something..... and that means
- I must be really good at conference calls and meetings.
- I am very good at reading, thinking and typing.
- I have a long way to way to go with social software
How could I not comment on these two articles on developerWorks as they combine two wonderful modern technologies : pyjamas and TVs.
I never thought I'd see pyjamas on developerWorks.
WOW... I just love all the big words and the visual imagery of the snow avalanche. ...
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM scientists today unveiled a significant step towards replacing electrical signals that communicate via copper wires between computer chips with tiny silicon circuits that communicate using pulses of light. As reported in the recent issue of the scientific journal Nature
, this is an important advancement in changing the way computer chips talk to each other.
The device, called a nanophotonic avalanche photodetector, is the fastest of its kind and could enable breakthroughs in energy-efficient computing that can have significant implications for the future of electronics. The IBM device explores the "avalanche effect" in Germanium, a material currently used in production of microprocessor chips. Analogous to a snow avalanche on a steep mountain slope, an incoming light pulse initially frees just a few charge carriers which in turn free others until the original signal is amplified many times. Conventional avalanche photodetectors are not able to detect fast optical signals because the avalanche builds slowly.
"This invention brings the vision of on-chip optical interconnections much closer to reality," said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president, Science and Technology, IBM Research. "With optical communications embedded into the processor chips, the prospect of building power-efficient computer systems with performance at the Exaflop level might not be a very distant future."
The avalanche photodetector demonstrated by IBM is the world's fastest device of its kind. It can receive optical information signals at 40Gbps (billion bits per second) and simultaneously multiply them tenfold. Moreover, the device operates with just a 1.5V voltage supply, 20 times smaller than previous demonstrations. Thus many of these tiny communication devices could potentially be powered by just a small AA-size battery, while traditional avalanche photodetectors require 20-30V power supplies.
In IBM's device, the avalanche multiplication takes place within just a few tens of nanometers (one-thousandths of a millimeter) and that happens very fast. The tiny size also means that multiplication noise is suppressed by 50% - 70% with respect to conventional avalanche photodetectors. The IBM device is made of Silicon and Germanium, the materials already widely used in production of microprocessor chips. Moreover it is made with standard processes used in chip manufacturing. Thus, thousands of these devices can be built side-by-side with silicon transistors for high-bandwidth on-chip optical communications.
The Avalanche Photodetector achievement, which is the last in a series of prior reports from IBM Research, is the last piece of the puzzle that completes the development of the "nanophotonics toolbox" of devices necessary to build the on-chip interconnects.
- In December 2006, IBM scientists demonstrated silicon nanophotonic delay line that was used to buffer over a byte of information encoded in optical pulses - a requirement for building optical buffers for on-chip optical communications.
- In December 2007, IBM scientists announced the development of an ultra-compact silicon electro-optic modulator, which converts electrical signals into the light pulses, a prerequisite for enabling on-chip optical communications.
- In March 2008, IBM scientists announced the world's tiniest nanophotonic switch for "directing traffic" in on-chip optical communications, ensuring that optical messages can be efficiently routed .
- The report of this work, entitled "Reinventing Germanium Avalanche Photodetector for Nanophotonic On-chip Optical Interconnects," by Solomon Assefa, Fengnian Xia, and Yurii Vlasov of IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. is published in the March 2010 issue of the scientific journal Nature.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) has a long history of pioneering advanced silicon technologies to help enhance performance, while reducing size and power consumption. Such advances include the development of the world's first copper-based microprocessor; silicon-on-insulator (SOI), a technology that reduces power consumption and increases performance by helping insulate the millions of transistors on a chip; and strained silicon, a technology that "stretches" material inside the silicon decreasing the resistance and speeding the flow of electrons through transistors.
- Further information can be found here
• 1. I'm satisfied with what I'm already using: if ain’t broke don’t fix it.
• 2. No one else is using it.: what came first chicken or egg
• 3. I don't think it can perform well enough.- trust
• 4. I don't know how to get started.- what do I do
• 5. It's hard to make it a habit.: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
Isn't it all about decisions? From a software perspective that starts at the beginning
a better question is ...where does it end....
Now that is a headline.....it actually is the name of book by Lisa Scottoline
and it made me laugh as well as pick up the book.
It made me think about article titles of content on developerWorks. One of the reasons many of us come to developerWorks is the honest, straightforward and, dare I say, boring article titles.
Yet are they really boring?
Not boring....direct....to the point....and easily found when hunting for information. Fancy titles may catch your attention or not....what is most important is the content.
Five nines..... was your first thought 45? what about six nines....was your first thought....impossible? The title that got me was "Dressed to the nines" and it had nothing to do with what to wear. Found it in the latest Data Management magazine
It was attached to an article about IBM® solidDB®
which is known for delivering data with extreme
speed...for more on solidDB and the secrets of speed see this link
How my brain works.....Winter Olympics...Spring....Baseball.... and that got me thinking.....is there anything on developerWorks about baseball?
Sure enough.... check out
Then I found :
- The Future of Baseball : Sabermetrics, understand what it is, and find out how number crunching can help improve a team’s performance.It's
generally defined as the scientific study of baseball. The word SABR
comes from the Society for American Baseball Research, and those are
the real propeller heads who look at the data and who analyze all the
statistics about baseball. (FYI....this site was slow for me to open and then I had to download the video vs view online...it was still worth it and I did enjoy the quotes from Yogi Berra).
Which made me think about what kinds of tools help in all that data analysis ...and those would be
Not a fan of baseball or just need to know more about it: here's a lesson plan on America's Pastime (by IBM...isn't that one a surprise)
A classic tale and one of my favorites : Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody
- This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
- There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
- Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
- Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
- Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
- It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done
I am a big fan of clarity ....must be the project manager training in me.
I always want to know WHO. We use too much "we" and "them" and need to clearly identify the who and ensure that named person knows and commits.
I didn't attend Lotusphere this year...and I was very sad. To make me happy, I found
Lotusphere is also coming to me...yes to me as that is indeed how I like to view it. There are one day in person events : Lotusphere Comes to You happening all across the globe plus the Lotusphere Virtual Experience Both available to me at no charge other than my time.
Now for the debate....do I do the in-person (and have to get out of my home office attire) where I can meet and talk to Lotus enthusiasts and experts or do I attend the Virtual Experience (same content, just different attire requirements on me). Decisions...decisions... or ... I do I attend both?
Sometimes we don't know what we don''t know we need to know..... that might be called ignorance akin to not being able to use a spell a word if I can't spell it.
Sometimes we know what we should know but we chose to ignore it.....that might be called a crime. Got your attention?
I am not a lawyer nor do I claim to be one yet I have spent time around lawyer'ee items such as intellectual property. I recently found this site
so I can hope to stay out of trouble in multiple parts of the world.
This may be a case of better to ensure you have permission vs ask for forgiveness.
First of all...it is a thrill to able to weave pirates into a blog. Graphic design and pirates
If only it was Sept 19th and Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Now ...for more on color...
Do you pay attention to color? I do .... and I am not alone. 2010 is the year of turquoise
although personally I prefer the Lagoon. Color is part of web design and for users almost as important as stability and function for any software. Think about it...what is the first thing you see when you launch a piece of code, open an application, play a game, look at a computer.....the color. ... we feel it and we know what we like and what we don't.....it can make you or break you.
Take a look back : Graphics - it never goes out of style
Well....in my mind they never fail..... so is that my confession that I am delusional?
A common mistake people make when trying to design something foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. - Douglas Adams, author, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (1952-2001)
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it is useless - Thomas Edison
Need some help to get a handle on planning? .. I know I do ....dare I say...is that another confession?
What do you know about making software fully accessible? For software development, accessibility means enabling IT hardware, software and Web
application products so they can be used by more people, either
directly, or in combination with assistive technology products. Are you familiar with :
- Providing aids to navigation for screen reader users such as:
- an invisible link which allows the users to skip navigation links in order to get quickly to the main content of the page
- proper markup for identifying the page title (i.e. an <h1> element)
- Providing text equivalents for images and image map hot spots
- Providing null text equivalents on decorative images
- Identifying row and column headers for data tables
- Programmatically associating labels with form fields
- Using valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional markup language
- Supporting browser settings for enlarging text and user style sheets
- Using consistent navigation mechanisms and style of presentation throughout the site
- Keyboard navigation of web pages
- Identifying the primary natural language of each page
- Accessible HTML alternative versions of Flash content
- Accessibility testing using automated tools and/or manual procedures
We all have a "challenge" .. ..whether physical, mental, cultural, language based or that we blog on My developerWorks. Accessibility removes the barriers that prevent certain groups
of people from accessing information. If you don't know much about it... What every developer should know about accessibility Accessibility in Web development
I just got this : and I be sad.... I won't be at MacWorld.... Lotus will be ....will you? Will anyone attending us what happens? Give us the scoop ....
- Join Lotus at MacWorld ! Compelling Main Stage Presentations and Demos given by our Experts.
IBM Lotus is sponsoring this year's MacWorld event (Feb 11-13, Moscone
Center, San Francisco, CA) and will be on-hand with a team of technical
experts to talk about new advancements for both the Mac and iPhone.
will learn how Domino Xpages deliver new value for iPhone applications,
what's coming in Lotus Symphony and how real-time and social networking
capabilities take a significant step forward on the Mac and iPhone.
What I've heard I will miss....
Session title: Lotus Symphony 3 for the Mac -- Be Free. Work Smart. Explore new options (Speakers: Eric Otchet and Paul Bastide)
Description: Lotus Symphony 3 public beta for the Mac is coming soon and loaded with tons of new features for Mac users and developers.
Lotus Symphony is a no-charge alternative for office productivity applications from IBM that supports over 28 languages and has cross platform with Linux, Windows and MacOS. Representing a massive new release from IBM, Lotus Symphony 3 is based on the current OpenOffice.org 3 code stream and is filled with new capabilities and user interface enhancements. Additionally, Lotus Symphony artfully combines the office applications from OpenOffice.org with the open programming and plug-in model of Eclipse, opening up a world of possibilities for building extensions and integrating Lotus Symphony into your business applications. Come to this session and see how Lotus Symphony 3 is more than another me-too alternative to Microsoft, but a robust platform for delivering office productivity applications designed for the Mac.
Session title: Lotus Domino delivers for your iPhone and Collaborative Apps (Speaker: Michael Masterson)
Abstract: Learn how Lotus and our Business Partners are leveraging the latest web technologies like Dojo, RESTful APIs, and JSON in their Domino applications. Lotus XPage technology enables rapid development of cutting-edge applications to quickly address new business needs or transform existing Domino applications. Build once to target browser, installed clients like Lotus Notes, and mobile devices with an industry-proven platform that has been infused with incredible new capabilities.
Peds topics....with hotlink to where I hope to find more info post MacWorld
What's that car noise? .....now ...if we can solve that problem.....that is the technology I want to have...
Great article on Earth2Tech about the Top 15 Connected Car Influencers
On the cusp of a new generation of electric vehicles and the
buildout of a smart grid, connected cars — vehicles linked to the power
grid as well as communication networks — have the potential to give us
a transportation system for the digital age. Smart charging
infrastructure, energy storage tech and devices, telematics, the
vehicles themselves, and even smartphone apps for automotive platforms
, all add up to a sizable market opportunity.
A web of key players is starting to take shape as entrepreneurs and
global corporations race to carve out a piece of the nascent EV market,
as government agencies dole out billions of dollars to jump-start that
opportunity, as big thinkers churn out innovative ideas and business
models based on the intersection of information technology and advanced
vehicles, and as the pressure to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles
grows. Listed alphabetically, not order of importance, here’s
Earth2Tech’s top 15 most influential people in the connected car space.
- Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place
- George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST
- Robin Chase, Founder and CEO of GoLoco.org and Meadow Networks
- Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, DOE
- Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation, Electric Power Research Institute
- Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology, China
- Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan
- Scott Griffith, CEO and Chairman of Zipcar
- Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Jon Lauckner, Vice President of Global Product Planning, General Motors
- Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors
- Fumio Ohtsubo, President of Panasonic Corp.
- Danilo Santini, Senior Economist, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
- Allan Schurr, Vice President of Strategy and Development for Energy & Utilities at IBM
- Jonathan Silver, Director of the DOE green car loan guarantee and loan programs
Want more ....The future of transportation
- if you don't read French...you'll need to use a translate... the pictures are good...and if you read my blog...you know I like good pictures.Automotive 2020: Clarity beyond the chaos.
At some point, we all come in contact with "medical devices" and today that equipment has intelligence.
- Intelligence = complexity.
- Complexity = opportunity for software developers.
Some interesting reads on the topic :Smarter Healthcare
- what it means to all of us - ideas, perspectives and what is happening now.A new approach to verifying and validating medical device development
:Even the simplest of medical devices is increasing in complexity. This complicates compliance testing and premarket certification activities. These issues can be addressed by using a model-based verification and validation process in your medical device development. Read further to learn how to reduce the total development time and shorten the FDA submission process to gain a competitive advantage, getting your compliant products to market faster.
and tie this to Safety considerations for medical device design
: Medical devices provide important life-maintenance and life saving
functions. This means that faults that interfere with their proper
functioning can lead to injury and death of patients and medical staff.
This talk will discuss the techniques and work products appropriate for
safety analysis and design of embedded medical devices, including
hazard analysis, fault tree analysis (FTA), fault means and effect
analysis (FMEA) and fault means, effect, and criticality analysis
(FMECA). This talk will also discuss a UML profile for creating such
analyses and how they can be linked to requirements and design.
and you have a perfect storm to learning.
I have to admit, I am a sucker for "pretty pictures" ...interactive content will keep me entertained.
My latest find:Interactive Solution Finders : Spin the interactive wheels and find the solution to your challenges
and yes...I did spend time spinning....what about you? My favorite...was the green ....the blue was pretty, the red got my attention, the orange felt washed out. Oh wait... there was info too ....of course there is.... I did a bit more than spin....I actually did stop and read..... and the green was still my favorite.
Interactive content does get my attention...the spinning wheel wasn't highly sophisticated...just enough to keep me engaged over flat text.
Do you have a fear of criticism
? Or are you afraid of apathy? I fear apathy the most ...once of my favorite quotes is "the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy"
Now suppose you are faced with someone challenging you on a blog or in a discussion forum? What's the first thought: Yikes...what an idiot...oh no....darn it?
Perhaps it is time to rethink that....isn't it better that someone took the time to care enough to respond?
A few ideas
1. It is always worthwhile to consider thanking or acknowledging the person for commenting and sharing their perspectives. ...again...they cared enough to share.
2. Don't get defensive and be very wary of going head to head. That can quickly escalate beyond what you wanted and really doesn't serve for the greater good for the audience.
3. Learn from the alternative points of view or criticism that they may be sending your way. That does not mean you have to agree with it, but consider the fact that the person bothered to read your stuff as a gift. If what you all were writing was pointless or useless, the person would not have even bothered to comment.
4. Don't be thin skinned. Think about what you are trying to share and why
....every "challenge" is a learning opportunity. It would be presumptuous to think you know everything and have the only or final answer.
The above is how I hope I will respond as I continue to blog on True Confessions
and it is one of the reasons I joined the My developerWorks enthusiasts
....as I am always learning.
Over the past few months, The Rational Edge ezine has transformed into a new Web site called “Leading Innovation,
” The final issue of The Rational Edge ezine was published in late May, 2009.
” is your guide to strategic vision in software and systems delivery from IBM Rational. On these new pages, you’ll find the same thought leadership from Rational -- the writers, the papers, the technical and strategic know-how -- that The Rational Edge ezine delivered. Plus, all the past issues of The Rational Edge are there as archived editions.
“Leading Innovation” is updated frequently with new white papers and links to external articles written by IBM Rational experts and software industry gurus.
Now....for the best part..... You are invited to this new content
AND if you have any comments, Mike Perrow iwelcomes your comments. Send comments to him at mailto:email@example.com with Subject: Comments about Leading Innovation
I always like when the author / owner encourages feedback. It is one of the reasons I so value the new comment/feedback template for articles on developerWorks.
This article " The mother of all computers no longer looks that old"
makes my heart go pitter patter. I just happen to be a mainframe fan...and I never thought it went out of style. After all, how can something that is reliable, secure and dependable be out of date? If it works, why change?
Do a search on mainframe on developerWorks and you'll find some good info:Did you say mainframe
happens to be my favorite.