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.
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...
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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!!.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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