FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession technical forums comments blogs 3 Comments 2,098 Visits
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  diabetes health software confession db2 healthcare 6 Comments 1,976 Visits
Many of my friends and family have no idea what software development is and I often struggle to explain it in simple terms. My new quest in 2010 is going to be finding (and sharing) the "real technology for real people" articles, stories and more that I find on developerWorks.
It really hit home when talking to a friend about recent health concerns. We did a few "wouldn't it be nice if" and then I realized... we don't have to wish.
One of our "what ifs" was about being able to mobile devices that measure and track your current health status, can produce a report and even allow your doctor to view it. And that is when I came upon the "real technology for real people". This great article shows one of the simple devices and the software behind it that makes it work. Tools to help our lives are no longer dreams. We take so much for granted. At the beginning of the last century, cars, airplanes, going to the moon, talking pictures and so much more were all "crazy" ideas.
Turning ideas into reality...that is what software developers do. Dare I say it.....software developers make dreams come true?
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software rational magazine confession leading innovation 1,614 Visits
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.
“Leading Innovation” 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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  technology hardware software confession system system_z mainframe server 2 Comments 2,123 Visits
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  environment energy software technology green confession temperature 1 Comment 1,795 Visits
How's your home energy usage? As I've mentioned in two of my previous blogs, I can now log into my utility company and see the day to day usage. Another great example of technology that allows me to better manage my life. Ok...manage may be too strong a word....monitor. It is good to know when the temps dip or rise, how much energy we are using. Does it change our behavior? A bit...we do turn off lights and try to keep the heating/cooling at a reasonable level.
So...the guess.....last week we had significantly cooler temperatures than normal. I was very curious to see how winter usage compared to summer. Below is the recent kilowatt usage, cost and temps for our recent cold snap. Friday was a hiccup when we had to run the less efficient heat strips vs the more efficient heat pump.....hiccup...aka user error.
What would you guess...is cooling with A/C during the summer less or more efficient than heating in the winter?
Compare your guess against my earlier numbers:
Confession 46: AMEE: Home Energy Monitoring
Confession 37: Energy Mgmt - it can be personal
Be it ever so simple and true, I do wish I had read these earlier.....better late than never....and really ...it isn't THAT late.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software device uml healthcare medical agile confession rational 1 Comment 2,150 Visits
At some point, we all come in contact with "medical devices" and today that equipment has intelligence.
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession pulse tivoli certification training education 1,371 Visits
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