I created a very simple Activity on My developerWorks
and would appreciate some testing assistance. You need to be logged
into My developerWorks to open the Activity and then follow the directions to create your own instance of the activity to use. This Activity
servers four functions
1) It is an easy, simple (I hope) checklist for "getting started with My developerWorks" allowing you to go at your own pace to learn more about how to use My developerWorks. You select the steps you want to perform in your own time frame and "check" the box when you complete.
2) It is an Activity. Activities appears to be the most under used function in My developerWorks and hopefully this Activity will help you consider how you could use Activities.
3) It is an Activity template which means if you like the concept of the Activity and the checklist style, you can take the template and edit it for your own needs....and create your own Activity and/or template for others to use.
4) I did it for me. As you may have read, I like to tes
t, and the Activities tab was taunting me... I had to figure out how to use it, try it, not let it break me, find value in it and create something...so I did.
Testers...well...anyone actually ...test away...... and let me know your feedback.........I've posted the how to provide feedback in the Activity
Well, I want one that is smart...but what does that really mean? How can the "Earth" be smart or smarter? The planet is full of people...and lots of them... and lots of them are smart or want to be smart. People ...it just takes people....we are the change agents.... as we are the ones that can spur innovation. ...and that is you and me.
We, the people, are the ones that can make a difference. But how? I know I can use (or not use) devices and tools that change the impact I have on the planet. But is that what smarter really is? Yes ...and no. I have the chance to do more.
Technology is key. First though, I need some skills...and that is where developerWorks
just SHINES. I have found so many valuable resources on developerWorks - from forums
, to free code trials
, to tutorials and training
, to great technical articles
, to My developerWorks blogs
. From Ajax
to Zend Core
, developerWorks is the a great source for technical skill-building resource.
When I take it to the simplest level, Smarter Planet
is about making this world a better place to live. So my learning new skills, applying them for the greater good and sharing what I know is one element of Smarter Planet
.......and who doesn't want to make this world a better place?
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.
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?
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 Office
r (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.
- 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
A computer system that can simulate the thinking power of a cat's brain.
Notice it says "power" vs the real thinking because as everyone knows, what a cat is thinking beyond food, pet, litter box, play and give me attention is just close to impossible. Of course it is fascinating and with the 1 billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses, at just 4.5 percent of a human brain, the computer can sense, perceive, act, interact and process ideas without consuming a lot energy. Being able to mimic the low-energy, high-processing capability of a brain is something researchers have been striving to achieve in computing for years. But the real thinking? Will the computer want to come sit on my lap? Nah.
By combining the cat-brain-sized computer system with a special algorithm, called Blue Matter, that maps the human brain, the scientists are able to test how brain structure affects function. Eventually, they hope to uncover how the human brain’s circuits can perform small and large computations, and then use that information build a chip that has a brain-like architecture.
Scary and cool.....and am actually glad they started with a cat vs a dog brain. This will go down in both human and feline history. I can hear it now "cat's rule, dog's drool"
- 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.
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.
One of my favorite quotes is "Change is constant. Growth is optional. Choose wisely" Change is the only constant in business today in the face of change.
From an IT standpoint, that can mean different organizations will
leverage IT assets and services in different ways. What do Cloud, Green Security and Tivoli have in common? Demos!!!
Check out what I found : Tivoli and Green IT - Datacenter Efficiency
· Part One: IBM CloudBurst Overview
· Part Two: IBM CloudBurst Technical Demo
· Part Three: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud Tivoli Data and Application Security
Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance Tivoli Security Management for z/OS
Want more info? Join the dialog
on the Tivoli forums.
I hope to always keep learning. Learning is an on-going experience as is teaching and sharing. Once you learn...time to share. developerWorks does a FANTASTIC job of sharing information and it isn't just to techie professionals. There is a plethora of information for the pre-professionals aka "real" students.
Perhaps you are a student or you know one...if so do check out and/or share: IBM Student Portal:
Connect with experts, build skills, and discover the resources you need to find a job and succeed! Learning Resources
– Explore leading edge technologies with introductory offerings especially for studentsCertification
- Find out what IBM offers in preparation and discountsCommunity
- Ask questions and get answers from technical experts, connect with others in forums, blogs and groupsJobs & Fellowships
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In 1946, Thomas J Watson
asked these 17 questions.
- What mistakes did I make in my greeting?
- Was I timid or over confident in my approach?
- Did I talk too much?
- Did I make the mistake of knocking my competitor?
- Was my sales talk coherent?
- Was I a good listener?
- Did I allow myself to become nervous and thus detract from the effectiveness of my sales talk?
- In what way was my presentation effective?
- In what way was my presentation weak?
- Did I emphasize each point in the presentation as I went along?
- Was any question raised that I could not answer regarding my company or product?
- Did I overcome objections or was I flustered when objections were raised?
- Was I discourteous at any time?
- Did I argue?
- Where was I weak in my closing?
- Did I thank the prospect for the order?
- Was my person appearance all that it should have been?
Thomas Watson, Sr. gave these questions to his sales team at the IBM 1946 100% Club ( an event to honor the top sales leaders). I found the list on a blue computer punch card
that was handed out during one of the briefings I attended at an IBM Executive Briefing Center. I am a bit of a pack rat and don't know when I received it ( I can tell you though it wasn't in 1946).
These questions ring true today. Although they were meant for a sales
audience, today, we all "sell" ...we sell our ideas, our test
results, our status, our performance, our work, our application, our code, etc
All across IT we use TMAs.....see I just did it. Sometimes they make us laugh and sometimes they make us scratch our heads. Have you tried writing or speaking without using a TLA (two or three letter acronym) or a FLA (four or fix letter acronym)? Perhaps we are conserving our breaths or the letters we type (could that be a way to lower our carbon footprint
Pronuciation is also a challenge. Is it S-O-A or sooooooooooah? Is it W-A-S or was or waaaas? Is it C-I-C-S or kicks? Is it R-A-D or rad? If it is rad is that short for radical which also could be the slang for cool, hip, trendy? So is RAD rad? Are there any BAD products? or OLD ones?
And so many acronyms mean more than one thing. I am not a fan of IM ...well when used to mean Instant Messaging
yes...but not for Information Management. A few letters make all the
difference in clarity.
Then there is Business Optimization
(BO). When used in a sentence " I am currently working on the BO project which will enhance productivity ...." or "due to BO we've improved..." some acronyms just make you scratch your head and laugh at the same time...
Anyone care to share their favorites?
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.
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 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 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?
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.
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?
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.
101 for DB2 for Linux ,UNIX, and Windows
Have you attended a virtual briefing yet? Give it a try....start with this short one hour one.
Tuesday, 8 DecemberTime:
1:00 p.m. (ET - USA)Duration: 1 hour
Note: Please sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the
start of the event to go through system check.
Better performance translates to greater revenue, greater customer
satisfaction, and greater ability to meet SLAs. Tired of the finger pointing
among staff when performance is an issue? Find out how you can create exception
monitoring metrics, track and measure performance indicators, and quickly
diagnose performance problems when they arise. Use IBM DB2 Performance Expert
and Extended Insight Feature to make the process easier and more efficient.
What you will learn:
- The nature of performance issues and most common DB2 for Linux, UNIX and
- A performance approach and how tooling enables quick and accurate ways to
find the issues
- How to create and monitor more effective performance indicators to meet SLAs
and improve client satisfaction
- How to enable end-to-end database performance monitoring for Java
applications to isolate performance issues in minutes
- How to foster collaborative approaches to problem solving among IT
- Virtual briefings are simple and easy
What are you waiting for? Simple to sign up
and only an hour of your time
Build your own virtual software factory? What a great analogy....I like simple....
For a moment, think of your software and systems delivery operations as a factory. Software products move through different departments—including analysis and planning, design and construction, delivery and operations—in much the same way traditional products move through a factory assembly line. No matter where the departments are globally, they can still produce high quality results as though they were in the same location.
How do you ensure that your factory is operating at optimal efficiency? Ask yourself these questions, and take action on the answers with the ultimate goal of reducing costs without compromising quality.
- What can we do now that will have immediate impact?
- How do we start developing realistic plans to meet achievable goals?
- What approach can we take to make a measurable difference?
- How can we quickly realize process improvements and reduce costs?
- How can we leverage technology investments that we’ve already made, but not deployed?
- What critical gaps do we have that can be fixed with a focused investment?
See the demos
and give your software factory a health check.
WOW...this is exciting.........
- Monitor home energy with AMEE: Create an energy monitor using XML, Ruby, Rails, and Ajax : this tutorial is for any developer interested in working with energy
data on the Web, with a particular focus on electricity data. You will
use a number of technologies, including XML, Ruby, HTTP, Atom, Rails,
Google Charts, and a little bit of Ajax thrown in for good measure.
This ties in quite nicely to my daily monitoring of my energy consumption
and fyi...thank goodness the energy consumption is going down...as our temperatures have moderated...our usage has declined:
Our utility company just started to offer a look into our day to day usage of electricity. An online tool (they call it a conservation tool) that allows residents to easily track daily use and monitor expenses. It is fascinating. ...especially with our very long hot summer.
We've all heard about the difference we can all make on this planet and now here is a tangible way I can readily see my impact. What's behind this online tool? Software! Do I know who's and how? No, What I do know is that it is an example of what software developers can do to help change the world...so I do know..people are behind the software...and people are you and me.
See The GReen IT Report
for info on technologies and products that might give you ideas, help you learn, inspire you to create, and so much more. Every day, each of us can make a difference....as a consumer, as a worker, as a business, as a government....what will green do for you
? and what can you do to be green?
Looking around developerWorks and My developerWorks, you just can't be bored. Now, maybe your eyes get tired of reading...but do your ears get tired of listening and learning?
Check out Chat with the lab information on Demand CEBIT on Cloud Computing Rational telconferences, webcasts and events WebSphere Portal Conference IBM Smart Work Videocast and Global Jam Sept 16-18
Tip of the iceberg.... now it is about finding the time... anyone know of an application that can help give you fit more than 24 hours in a day?
More and more information is arriving daily on My developerWorks ....how do I find what is of interest? I search on tags. Profiles, blogs, activities, groups, bookmarks - all can be tagged. It takes seconds to add them and if you forget, you can go back and edit and update.
So don't forget to tag or use tags....they are your best friend on My developerWorks.....
And with that...I will say "tag your it"
So what's on developerWorks on CICS? Found a fascinating article: Exploiting CICS Channels and Containers from Java clients
Why did I look?
CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1 remains one of the most advanced and robust transaction management system available. CICS Transaction Server 4.1 is expanding the value by supporting modern standards and technologies, and reducing the cost of system management with unmatched speed and efficiency in:
Key enhancements in CICS TS V4.1 include:
- The ability to Compete with RESTful Web Services and Atom support that helps position CICS for participation in modern web 2.0 architectures and development models.
- The ability to Comply using CICS event technology which enables CICS to be configured to feed event processing engines and business dashboards, without the need for application change.
- The ability to Control with a far more powerful tooling environment to help skilled IT staff be more productive and provide a more intuitive experience for less knowledgeable team members. The CICS Explorer is a vital tool in handing over best practices to the next generation of IT staff.
CICS so kicks!!!! After all these years it still can do the high step!!
While looking for information on XML, I started at the XML Zone
, then moved over to the Top Ten XML articles
found the Thinking XML Forum
and then checked out My developerWorks for knowledge experts...and viola ...there is a XML Xpert
group. Such a wealth of resources....gotta love it!!
In a gross generalization, all software and hardware occasionally hiccups. My developerWorks had a few hiccups and I found I really missed visiting. I missed looking for the latest blog postings, latest bookmarks and latest additions to my groups. I was craving posting new bookmarks including this one GReen IT Report in Japanese
as well as How to measure employee carbon footprints: Part 2: Putting the concept to the test:
and Access Optim archive file data using Cognos
and Linux: lean, clean and green
and ...keep your eyes posted I am on a roll bookmarking
I am not sure it is appropriate to "miss" a software entity (is that what My developerWorks is?) but I did. I felt a little lonely without it.
IBM announced Smarter Products
: Manufacturers are being asked to deliver a new generation of smarter products driven by software. Cars, cell phones, consumer electronics, airplanes, appliances and medical devices are all becoming increasingly:
- Interconnected to the Internet and to back-end IT systems
- Instrumented to sense the exact condition of everything
- Intelligent to respond to changes quickly and accurately
It made me think about what smarter products could help me and for some reason (perhaps due to spring cleaning time) every product that popped into my head dealt with cleaning: Self-cleaning floor, sink, lawnmower, car, house, toilet, furniture, in-box, kids, bathtubs, air, clothes, cats (oh wait cats are self-cleaning). Now I do want my smarter products to be green
green (cause it is all about green
) so...here's my new logic: if it is smart it must be clean and if it is clean it must be green.
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.
W. Edwards Deming
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
That quote by Deming says it all to me. Now...granted I do like to break things
yet I thrive on process. I especially believe in software development
processes...without a documented and consistent process.....you betray
your users....they suffer. There is a need for structure that allows
for reasonable decisions to be made based on appropriate business and
technical input aligned with stakeholder demands and customer
requirements. Besides being my interest in being a Chief Happiness
Officer, my other favorite title is Scrum Master
Reading Susan Visser's blog
today, led me to Agile Planning in real life: first hand advise for developing releases with agile planning.,
which does answer the question for me....yes you can have process and still be agile...in fact....it is the way of development today.
I like numbers.....it all started with basic math on my fingers and then progressed from there to my toes and now I am just numbers driven. But numbers alone are no longer enough - value and quality are important. My developerWorks shows you numbers! You can see how many people have visited a blog
, made comments on your blog
, joined a group
, participated in activities
and how many bookmarks for a topic or a person. Bookmarks
.....bookmarks really got me. The value behind the numbers. I saw the value in adding useful resources I use/find to bookmarks, tagging those bookmarks ...all in the name of sharing. But then...then the numbers got me. I saw I was the Most Active (see below) and set a goal of at least getting to 100 bookmarks ..and now I've exceed (and plan to add more) I realize I won't always be the most active (and in fact, I hope I am not soon as I have hit my goal and can move on to just adding vs tracking) The richness of Bookmarks
. impresses me to no end. - easy to share with others and easy for me to find info I find of value.
If numbers drive you (and you believe in value behind them), My developerWorks will hook you.
April 29, 2009 - 0800 Hours
• 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....
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
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
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
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.
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
and 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.
It is happening it Italy.....wouldn't it be great if it happened everywhere?
For every IBM System z10 installed, the IBM Italy team plants a tree at La Pica Botanical Garden
in Modena province. Developed with the support of teachers of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, La Pica Botanical Garden has arisen out of the work and commitment of a group of volunteers in appreciation for the environment. The IBM team invites clients and schools to participate in the planting which they have been doing since May 2008. The team places a plate at the base of the tree that carries the serial number of the machine.
How cool is that?
No seriously...how cool is it? Mainframes may be "old" but they are ever so young at heart. System z virtualization is driven by 40 years of investment. Mainframe virtualization helps maximize data center return on investment because with it, and the ability to run it at 100 percent utilization, which can consolidate workloads at up to a 30 to 1 ratio. The System z provides opportunity for large-scale consolidation driving down both cost and energy consumption – generating savings of up to 80 percent compared with distributed data centers.
It really is about the whole package - power efficiencies and software savings - and that drives green!
Want more on virtualization: the basics
Want to know more about System z: check out New to System z
There is so much to discover on developerWorks and the Rational Software Request for Enhancement (RFE) Community Site
is one of them.
A place to give suggestions for future products....a place where reasonable ideas have a chance of being heard. All we want sometimes is just to be heard.
If you have an idea to help improve any of the Rational products, dive right in....here's your chance to search, view , comment on, vote for, watch, submit and track product requests for enhancements (RFEs). Give it a try....let your voice be heard.
Have you seen the new (ok...maybe just new to me) trial download page on developerWorks
What's new? (or still just new to me?) the RSS feeds for product trial downloads!!!
And more...with so many options -- trial downloads, online trials, sandboxes, cloud offers, and betas -- there is now a FAQ to steer us to the best options.
I've recently become a fan of RSS feeds. I used to use them...then they overwhelmed me...and now I am back. Speaking of RSS readers and feeds.... check out this nice blog post
about getting started.
Lastly, for some reason using RSS feeds seems very Smarter Planet
to me? Is it?
Hard to resist the idea of turning garbage into gold.....it can be done.....all a matter of recycling....
Privacy...is it still a buzzword? Do you enjoy creating privacy statements ..let alone reading them on web sites? What about security? Concerned about that?
From 2001: a great series by "The cranky user: respecting user privacy"
But what about today? This got my attention:
Technology keeps changing as do our needs for privacy and security. Every day a new discovery...a new idea...a new way to connect.... a new article on developerWorks. ..a new blog posting on My developerWorks.
Wouldn't any person/group work smarter if they were better connected? Is it the future of how we will work?
is part of what allows me to work smarter....it is the future and it is here today.
Sacha Chua, a relatively new member of IBM, gives a great example of why social networks matter. Le'ts make her enthusiasm contagious:
What makes you work smarter? What about in the future?
The first "documented" computer was a moth found trapped between points at Relay # 70, Panel F, of the
Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard
University on September 9 1947 (62 years ago). Grace Hopper affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found."
Check out the picture
I am just glad most of the software bugs I find don't have legs.
What a great article: Bad attitudes cane lead to good innovation
My favorite lines from the article :
- "Innovation comes from angry and driven people," says Tom Peters.
- "You have probably seen it yourself – the programmer with
the worst attitude is the one who produces the most brilliant code."
Rebels can be very critical so turn the situation around and ask them
how they would do things better."
- "Rebels can achieve amazing things."
Look at the blogs on My developerWorks
.....see any rebels? The best ideas are the simplest
is this rebellious ?
Are you a rebel?
I started with the demo
and then something about the word free and Rhapsody got my attention: download a free trial version of IBM® Rational® Rhapsody® Developer V7.5, the embedded, real-time or technical application systems and software development solution that improves your productivity throughout the embedded systems and software development lifecycle from requirements capture to implementation and deployment. Rhapsody Developer enables model driven development (MDD) based on industry standard UML® and SysML, providing host and target-based simulation with full application development environments for C, C++, Ada, and Java™ including code generation of behavioral diagrams targeting real time operating systems or constrained targets such as microcontrollers. All these downloads...sometimes I just don't know where to start.
When shopping, how often do you buy green? Do you buy organic? Even if it costs more? Be honest! One relatively study
shows that 70 percent of Americans want to buy green, but of that number, only 40 percent are willing to pay extra for products that are better for the environment. In addition, 75 percent of shoppers feel that big-name brands are misleading consumers by exaggerating the actual environmental-friendliness of their products in hopes of attracting more buyers. So what's a company to do? Do business make the same decisions of how /where to invest? How about governments or schools?
Everyone is talking green......does the money follow? or flow? Should we all be working on "green" applications? What does it mean to have "green" software?
IBM launched Smarter Planet
and Nestlé has launched Creating Shared Value
. IBM and Nestle's are two companies that have long histories and value to consumers, businesses and the world. For IBM, building a smarter planet links to the smarter food: Technology is shaping how it grows, how it tastes and how it gets to your plate
The overlap? Food is a constant. We all need it. Smarter food available to all no matter the location...can't fault that one. Chocolate...well...if you've been following my blog, you know it is a favorite food of mine. ...hence the link between smarter planet and Nestle's......chocolate is such a unifying force.
What impacts my buy decisions? What impacts my build decisions?
Those are questions I think we all ask when we focus our IT brain on "green" technology. Is it worth my time? my business' time? my personal time and choices?
For me, the answer is yes....what about you?
Have an innovative idea on how to solve traffic congestion? The Intelligent Transportation Society of America
(ITS America), in partnership with IBM
and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations
(STCI) has launched a global challenge to identify innovative ideas for combating transportation congestion.
ITS America is challenging commuters, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, techies, students, and academic researchers to come up with the best ideas to reduce traffic congestion and lessen its economic and environmental impact. And you don't have to be from America to participate.
Let's face it....if you commute (plane, train, bus, boat, trolley, ferry, car, bike, ski, walk, etc) you have ideas and being technically minded....I bet you have some GREAT ideas.
At stake is a $50,000 prize presented at the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, this September. The winner will also receive the development support needed to put his or her idea to work.
Winning ideas are expected to focus on the following five areas:
1. Speed and efficiency: Using technology to reduce delays and transport people and goods efficiently and reliably.
2. Behavioral impact: Innovative ways to convince users to choose options that reduce congestion.
3. Safety: Preventing accidents, improving incident response and providing more timely, accurate transportation information.
4. Sustainability: Lowering energy use and emissions while actively managing traffic and reducing congestion.
5. Economic competitiveness: Improve productivity through new technologies (e.g., wireless applications and mobility tools).
For additional information and to enter submissions, visit the ITS Congestion Challenge
and if you do submit and win....let us know.....
if you do submit and don't win....also let us know as my bet is your ideas are still worth sharing. Share as a comment or post as a message on It's all about Green
Educating the Net Generation: A Handbook of Findings for Practice and Policy
is now available to download. The title is very academic...after all...support for the original work was provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Well worth the read...some findings thrilled me...while others confounded me. I do wonder.is this Australian specific or applies in other countries? Any students or faculty care to comment?
- They found little evidence that technology usage patterns can be explained primarily on the basis of broad generational differences – dispelling the digital natives versus digital immigrants argument.
- reference information, and email. Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs and wikis were used by a small proportion of students and while there was evidence that social networking, digital file sharing and podcasting were popular among a minority of students, very few students were regularly using technologies such as social bookmarking.
- many students recognised or gained unexpected benefits from their exposure to the ideas and experiences of other students that were shared using Web 2.0 technologies. The use of publishing and information sharing tools, such as wikis, blogs and photo sharing sites, positively impacted on many students’ engagement with the subject material, their peers and the general learning community.
- Never assume
Please note: the report is Noncommercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
Share Alike: If you alter, transform, or build on the work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to the one on page 2 of the report.
I make lists ( I even make lists of lists) and I also read them so when I saw The Churchill Club’s 2009 Tech Trends: Energy, Data And More Energy
I had to read it...and that is the beauty of lists...easy to read.
And then there is the IBM Predicts 9 Smart Work Trends for 2009
and I had to read that too. Forward looking trends or rather predictions are interesting as they are usually a combination of fact, opinion and a bit of wishing. We tend not to look back to see if the predictions come true as that really isn't the point. The point of the trends is to inspire, motivate and get us thinking. That is one of the reasons I do like inspiration of smarter planet
: let's make this world a better place. To me it all starts with green....there are great ideas and inspiration on the GReen IT Report.
and I look forward to dialog growing on It's all about Green
Anyone care to make a prediction on their tech trends of 2009?
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.
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.
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'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?
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!
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!!!
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
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)
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
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.
Complimentary assessment test.......I do like "giveaways"....now maybe this isn't quite the "freebie" but
it still intrigues me for anyone interested in getting certified in
- IBM Tivoli education helps you make the most of your Pulse 2010 experience with no-travel training and a special offer to prepare for onsite certification testing.
- Pulse 2010 is February 21-25, 2010. Just enroll in one of the Tivoli self-paced virtual classes by February 12, 2010 and start studying prior to the event. You’ll get a complimentary assessment test that can help determine your certification exam readiness. And, you’ll be eligible to take a second complimentary exam at Pulse!
So...if you are going to Pulse
and interesting in certification, start studying now.
Whether you are interested in studying or not, want to get your hands on the Tivoli code? Check out the no charge Tivoli trial code available for download.
What do I read or watch?
Every week developerWorks
publishes new articles, new blog posts appear on My developerWorks daily, and now we can follow microblogging from the HOME page on My developerWorks.
Then there is IBM Research
.....and I tend to watch Zurich
, and Haifa
Lastly, for entertainment and enlightenment, I visit Ted
. There are sooooooooooooooooooooo many ideas worth spreading.
Not sure what this
all about but it does intrigue me. Breakaway Build....interesting name...and so many links to find other links. I just might attend.
As I mentioned in a previous blog
... .free software
is a good thing
But sometimes you want more....so I found more about XPages
Steve Castledine has just created a new framework that will allow developers to quickly create a new XPage application using OneUI. It gives you an option of a 2 or 3 column layout, this could prove very useful when you want to quickly see the power of XPages. It has the following key features.
Easy out of the box layout so you can start building your XPage application
Has 2 or 3 column layouts simply by dragging the appropriate custom control onto your XPage
Login and Search functionality
Tab and Menu item highlighting
Handles browser languages, so if you add the appropriate property file for that language XPages will use it automatically
Uses standard css shipped with XPages, however also contains themes for new v2.1 of OneUItogether with additional themes metal, gold, red, green
Automatic Sidebar, links box, footers, tab menus custom controls built in. Others coming soon.
Here are links to resources:Demonstrations:Template download Getting started doc
Perfect timing, today is the anniversary of the first computer network wiretap
with the quote that if “If we aren’t vigilant, cybercrime will turn the internet into the Wild West of the 21st Century"
The wild times on the web...sure we all worry about it....but what can be done? Lots more today than in 1995. Check out this new article
to learn more about how you can use open source tools to test your site for vulnerabilities as attacks do happen. As developers, understanding how a site can be attacked is paramount to making it secure. Discover some of the more common attacks, and learn about the tools you can use to spot them.
Granted nothing in life it "truly" free.....but close enough. Now available on developerWorks...the fully loaded code...not the trial code....check it out at IBM Lotus Domino Designer code
....all you have to do is give a little information as you normally do on a download and the code is yours....hence the not "truly" free. Shall we call it no-charge, readily available, no monetary excchange or just call it GREAT!!.
Do you have a great idea? Don't hold back...here's your chance! No harm in applying? What's the worst that could happen?
Unleash your inner rebel.SmartCamp
is an exclusive networking and mentoring event for
entrepreneurs with global ambitions.
The program is dedicated to great entrepreneurs who believe that
technology can make our world a better place. It provides access to
world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.
SmartCamp is a competition. 5 finalists will be will be selected
following interview to attend a 1 day event to network with 25 leading
entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts
Closing dates for SmartCamp entries is 1st October 2009.
Why apply? IBM works with many of the worlds leading institutions and businesses
helping to drive innovation. In addition through the our Venture Capital
group we work with all of the major VCs internationally, many local
investors and serial entrepreneurs. What this means is that if you get
down selected to take part in SmartCamp you will get to meet and gain
advice from some of those key contacts.
- IBM will offer a 3 month mentorship program to the overall winner.
- Vodafone will offer a 3 month mentorship course to a candidate of their choice. (See note 1 below)
- NDRC will offer a prize worth up to €25,000 to a candidate of their choice. (See note 1 below)
The objective of the 3 month mentorship program for the overall winner
is to work with the successful applicant to help them to try to build
‘investor ready’ commercial proposition in order to secure funding.
Note 1: Prizes offered by third parties are separate from the overall
mentorship prize offered by IBM. As such they are subject to separate
agreement between the third party and the prize winner. IBM has no
liability whatsoever in relation to third party prizes. Please see
are in for 2009:
The world's top 10 most valuable brands:
1. Coca-Cola, up 3 percent to $68.73 billion
2. IBM, up 2 percent to $60.21 billion
3. Microsoft, down 4 percent to $56.65 billion
4. GE, down 10 percent to $47.78 billion 5
5. Nokia, down 3 percent to $34.87 billion
6. McDonald's, up 4 percent to $32.28 billion
7. Google, up 25 percent to $31.98 billion
8. Toyota, down 8 percent to $31.33 billion
9. Intel, down 2 percent to $30.64 billion
10. Disney, down 3 percent to $28.45 billion
All makes sense to me...on a given day I could be drinking a Coke(1) Zero, reading about Linux efficiency
on IBM(2) developerWorks while on my Microsoft (3) system with an Intel (9) processor under a GE(4) lightbulb with my Nokia(5) phone on the desk thinking about if I want to go to McDonald's(6) for lunch so I search Google (7) for directions, grab my Disney(10) Goofy keychain and head out passing lots of Toyota (8) cars on the road.
What do Bubbles, Psycho, Dilbert and Runnable have to do with "technical"? They are used to describe and inform ..and let's face it....entertain....which is the best way to learn.
Check out e-mail is soooooooo last week
: to learn about Bubbles and Psycho ...and the benefits of Lotus Connections 2.5..... ( no fears...for those of us on My developerWorks as the team continues to enhance and upgrade we should see Lotus Connections 2.5 features arriving for us to use ....YIPPEEE - is that another technical workd?)
and what about Dilbert? Always a good way to make a point, check out Anticipating Problems
and then there is runnable.....I just like the word....say it a few times and you'll see why...runnable runnable runnable... ..now wasn't that fun? On the serious note: ever taken a java core on a Java 5 SDK and wondered why threads that should be marked as Runnable are showing up as Condition Wait? If so...check out this solution.
Sometimes (ok...actually lots of time) what I find on developerWorks amazes me. What articles or tutorials have amazed you?
The article "Embed environmental intelligence into your applications"
captured my attention.
Here's a small tease:
Today, there is a great deal of interest in energy, and its less-desirable environmental shadow, carbon dioxide. To create a more sustainable world, individuals, companies, and governments are focusing attention on energy and how we use it. The route to understanding our usage of energy (and therefore carbon) is to measure and analyze it, to understand the results, and then act on that information. AMEE is a neutral aggregation platform for all forms of energy and activity data, and associated carbon models. In this article, you learn how to use the AMEE platform in your applications to deliver a high quality energy management and carbon calculation solution to your clients.
AMEE is a Web-based API that allows users to store and retrieve many forms of consumption data over long periods, while simultaneously applying recognised carbon calculation models to determine the environmental consequences of that consumption. It has been used by developers to deliver energy tracking and management applications ranging from the UK Government's Act On CO2 calculator, CNN, and Google applications and to power carbon management applications such as Carbonetworks and Misys OpenCarbonWorld. The "Powered by AMEE" logo shows that your application complies with authoritative standards.
I hope it makes you want to go read the full article.
Today I was pondering how long I wait....wait for screens to load...wait for applications to churn....wait for test cases to conclude...wait for response in e-mail....wait for updates on my social networks....wait for food to be prepared...wait in lines ..... wait at stop lights..... wait for meetings to start....wait for meetings to end.... etc etc etc.
But what about technology? How long am I willing to wait? 8- 10-20 or 30 seconds? I've read about the power of Ajax
, lean green and Linux
, AIX performance
. Still as I wait for the browser to refresh does it help that I understand the technology? Could it be my network, my browser, my processor, memory, the application, phase of the moon or the coder that I have to "blame" for my wait?
Blame? Should I not be looking at waiting as a blessing not a curse? After reading about SolarNetOne
, I am going to look at ever refresh of the screen as a "moment of zen". Those few seconds (even if it seems like minutes) are to be treasured and not counted. ....I will do my best to remember that...what about you?
Cognos has arrived. Ok, we know they've been around for years yet they arrived just for me today as I found Cognos on developerWorks
... and the Cognos Support Blog here on My dW.
... where do start? I figured proven practices
had to be a good place ..and it was. Then I started thinking about what was being shared on My developerWorks and found the Cognos Innovation Center blog
.....I have so much to explore...what about you?
what's an Optim? I always think opt-in as in what I do for newsletters and e-mails, etc. It sounds the same. But Optim is so much more...now that is an understatement.
IBM recently consolidated many of its Data Studio products under the Optim name in an effort to provide a complete integrated data management environment -- a comprehensive solution that enables you to design, develop, deploy, and manage database applications throughout the lifecycle. So I had to find out...here's more about Optim
Does age matter?
Interesting question. I always wonder how who takes these surveys and who doesn't. Is it really about age or design? Many of these decisions about design are based on personal experience and knowledge, but system design and architecture tools often play a bigger role in this process.
If we use the right tools, for software design does that make a difference? So many tools, and so little time! I found this article
on developerworks article about various tools and the underlying concepts behind them. It compares popular software tools for an IT architect, including the IBM® Rational® suite of products, which provides a complete set of tools to get the job done in the most efficient way.
Not 3 not 5 not even 10 but 30
productivity tips....hard to pass this one up.......I am always looking for productivity tips.
Three part series written by the developers on the IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer team who had a hand in designing and implementing that part of the offering:
- Part 1 Navigation describes the features to navigate to or find artifacts. Rational Requirements Composer provides several paths, this article points out what the developers feel are the most useful features of each and offer suggestions about which path is best for particular situations.
- Part 2 Collaboration explores the ways that ways that you can comment and create links and how those actions are captured in the header and sidebar that are common to the various editors for artifacts.
- Part 3 Templates: "Best practices for document templates," offers suggestions to make the best use of a feature that allows your project administrator to define initial content for artifacts of any type.
"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else." -Marshall McLuhan
Now that describes how each of us has an impact and can help make our world and work smarter and greener. developerWorks offers a plethora of resources to help techies gain skill and knowledge about technologies that, when used for the greater good, transform how we work, play, exchange information,manage and operate.
Techies really are the leaders today in changing how we all work and survive. Yes, bold statements...but why not? So what's available on developerWorks (and My developerWorks):
My developerWorks: search on the tags: green, smarter_planet, energy (to name a few) ... share and tag your bookmarks too.
developerWorks: where to start? easy - The GReen IT Report
. The GReen IT Report (also called the GRIT Report - oh no...a FLA (see previous blog post
)) is an aggregator of content, code and collaboration ideas. Recent additions include a number of no-charge trial downloads
of Tivoli, Rational and Optim software as well as articles : Going Green and staying secure
to Creating mobile apps with Scala, Android or Eclipse
to Building virtual appliances with Open Virtualization
to Solar powered networks for anyone: think Linux.
While visiting the GReen IT Report., do check out the People and Idea t
ab.......my fan favorite is the water based glasses under Earth Insights.
Want to expand your horizons: The GReen IT Report: Japan
and Smarter Planet for developers, IT Professionals and students: Japan
CakePHP is a stable production-ready, rapid-development aid for
building Web sites in PHP. This "Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP
series shows you how to build an online product catalog using CakePHP.
Part 1 focuses on getting CakePHP up and running, and the basics of how
to put together a simple application allowing users to register for an
account and log in to the application.
How could that not get your attention especially when you are hungry.
Puppy linux ...how could you not love that face. Linux: lean, clean and green
is a great article about the power of Linux and how it can change the world. e-waste is scary and taking steps to make where and how we live better via Linux....well who'd have thought? I haven't yet moved to Linux for my day to day work....but more and more I am trending in that direction. Anyone care to give me first steps, words of warning, helpful hints and tips, expectations, visions of the future I'll have once I have made the switch?
Interesting... New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets
posted in the Harvard Business Review.
So if men follow men and nobody tweets...who's tweeting and who's following developerWorks?
The video interview
with Dennis Bly on the IBM Innovation Center in Austin and all it offers captured my attention. I watched all 8 minutes plus. Not every 8 minute video gets me to watch. I noticed the scenery (as in ...wow green grass.... Austin must have been receiving some rain) to the operating room table to the 1979 Shelby Cobra (if only it was real..or is it?) . The information on the video about the Innovation Centers and the Virtual Innovation Centers was good too. Both offer great resources for technical skills and knowledge growth to complement what is found on developerWorks and, of course, My developerWorks. Not often, I watch IBM videos and stay engaged...this one is well worth the watch.
"Surround yourself with people who can argue with you and question your assumptions" a quote from Doris Kearns Goodwin about Abe Lincoln's leadership approach. The agile approach seems to fit : see Leadership in an (almost) Agile world.
Great ideas do come from questions, differing opinions and testing assumptions. Think of all the times you've questioned (or wanted to question) in your work environment. Think of all the times you've wanted to make a comment in a meeting, during a code review, when new features where being vetted, when someone was explaining how something is supposed to work, during a training session, on an article or blog post you are reading. What's stopping you?
....the title got my attention. Then the subtitle drew me in : IBM's lawyers retooled the company for an open source-based future.
But this line hooked me: And behind all this success- every invention, each major sale, and most of the risks and rewards—stand IBM lawyers. So it wasn't the developers?
But perhaps the one thing IBM lawyers do best—to no one’s surprise—is to use technology in innovative ways. And who makes that technology? developers...so I guess it really is circular.