Author Archives: dirk

Except for all the other kinds of conditioning that happens in the workplace (when I say jump, you say how high) the kind that we can really NOT do without is air conditioning. Ours have been off for half the day (Kimberly, aren’t you glad you’re not here now) so I googled the effect of […]

Got the sleepies? It might be because you’re stuffing your face with chips and cola. Here are two lists showing which are the ‘brain’ foods and which are the ‘drain’ foods. BRAIN BUILDERS Avocados Bananas Lean beef Brewer’s yeast Broccoli Brown rice Brussel sprouts Cantaloupe Cheese Chicken Collard greens Eggs Flaxseed oil Legumes Milk Oatmeal […]

You’ve heard about a power nap, right? Well did you know there are different kinds with different benefits? Here’s the list: THE NANO-NAP: 10 to 20 seconds. Sleep studies haven’t yet concluded whether there are benefits to these brief intervals, like when you nod off on someone’s shoulder on the train. THE MICRO-NAP: two to […]

According to my research (of 2.5 minutes) these are the top reasons for people getting fired: Dishonesty, evasion, or lack of integrity on the job. Lying on a resume. Refusing to follow directions and orders. Talking too much and conducting personal business at work. I have personal experience of this – I got fired as […]

This is a table of people around the world checking out our blog in the past month South Africa 293 United States 50 Canada 39 Brazil 23 United Kingdom 22 Germany 11 Singapore 6 Austria 3 Netherlands 3 Japan 2 So guys who are you?? Drop us a line sometime…

Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity From discord find harmony In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – Albert Einstein

Want to get your IT department to go agile? Send them to agile ((re)boot) camp… http://gigaom.com/2010/10/07/inside-pivotal-labs-the-agile-force-behind-twitter-and-groupon/

Yesterday we spoke about the 5 9’s of server availability. The record must be held by Ericsson. They claim to have a system, written in Erlang, that delivers 99.9999999% (roughly 1 second down time in 30 years) availability. This beats most Enterprise applications by a few 9’s.

Dunnit of the day has been replace by Say it daily The Holy Grail of server availability is the so called 5 9’s. This translates into a 99.999% availability per year. Here follows a table of how much every nine is worth… Availability Associated Downtime per Year 99% 87 hours and 36 minutes 99.5% 43 […]

Crowdsourcing…. (wikipedia) = Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call.For a web based system it should be as easy as designing a fancy suggestions page – where the users might be able to tell […]