Archive for August, 2009

There is no H1N1 – the name is SWINE FLU!

August 26, 2009

There IS no H1N1 (that name sounds like some lame internet joke) – the name IS THE SWINE FLU – so fuck you. (see – it rhymes).

Why they have chosen that other name totally escapes me – but the name is lame.

Recently we had a bird flu – why can’t we have a swine flue?

Swine are cool… and supposedly quite intelligent.

And the name Swine Flu actually has some star quality – a nice ring. The Black Plague wasn’t known by some geekish name like p3st or something, was it now?

I refuse to acknowledge H1N1 – there is ONLY THE SWINE FLU.

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The longer I work in software…

August 20, 2009

The more true and tragic this comic seems:

This really is quite an old cartoon, yet you’ll see it again and again… where there are software people, someone will have a print of this cartoon by their desk…

Apparently the software development process has a built-in crunch time where people (at least if you are able to keep some level of perspective on the work you are doing, and not just the ‘evil geek’ type who somehow find pleasure in knowing that the customers actually got cheated out yet again) will realize that we are not constructing what the customer wants…

Maybe it is due to the catch-22 that the people who are making requirements for a software project are most often users…And not only ‘real’ users, but often some kind of manager, which is even worse (managers often have surprisingly little technical understanding of the software development process)…

Basically the people that make the requirements, do not understand the requirements they are setting, due to being in another context (as users), whereas we the software people are by the very nature of the situation not able to set correct requirements for the users…

Scrum might be able to improve this, somewhat, since the users/people setting requirements will be able to actually understand what is being developed at an earlier time… but having a well-run software process still requires a lot of effort, both from the development team AND the product owner/ users / requirements approver.

IT-developers will be the ‘Disgruntled Postmen’ of the future.

August 6, 2009

In the recent shooting in Pittsburgh (cool name, Pittsburgh, by the way) an IT-developer went crazy after many years of sexual starvation, and working with IT.

The killer was an IT developer who actually did not look too bad:

the face of the killer

the face of the killer

The guy seemed actually like an okay guy – some of his writings are a bit banal, but not in any way ‘Sick’ or ‘Evil’ as some people might expect.  Apparently the reason was simly dissatisfaction with the fairer sex (and we all share that so…)

I think the key to understanding this killer is not just his ‘hatred towards women’ but rather the fact that he was working with IT – Angryton hereby makes a prediction: in the coming decades we will see more and more IT workers crack up and come to the office (or mall, or fitness center) blazing. Being an IT-developer will be perceived as an eerie job, with a high probability for snapping and going on a homicidal/suicidal killing spree.

The term ‘Going Postal’ will be used more and more about workers from the IT industry… As a former colleague of mine said:”IT eats my soul”.

Excerpt from the killers online-  Journal:

August 3, 2009:
I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail, there is only one shot. Also I need to be completely immersed into something before I can be successful. I haven’t had a drink since Friday at about 2:30. Total effort needed. Tomorrow is the big day.

Unfortunately I talked to my neighbor today, who is very positive and upbeat. I need to remain focused and absorbed COMPLETELY. Last time I tried this, in January, I chickened out. Lets see how this new approach works.

Maybe soon, I will see God and Jesus. At least that is what I was told. Eternal life does NOT depend on works. If it did, we will all be in hell. Christ paid for EVERY sin, so how can I or you be judged BY GOD for a sin when the penalty was ALREADY paid. People judge but that does not matter. I was reading the Bible and The Integrity of God beginning yesterday, because soon I will see them.

I will try not to add anymore entries because this computer clicking distracts me.

Also, any of the “Practice Papers” left on my coffee table I used or the notes in my gym bag can be published freely. I will not be embarased, because, well, I will be dead. Some people like to study that stuff. Maybe all this will shed insight on why some people just cannot make things happen in their life, which can potentially benefit others.