Bill Gate’s reading list

https://qz.com/1285629/99-books-recommended-by-bill-gates-from-the-last-6-ck-years/?utm_source=

In particular, I note

  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari

And ALL the books of Vaclav Smil !

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Conway’s

Conway’s Law

” software ends up “shaped like” the organizational structure it’s designed in.”

 

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Languages, Agile, WebAssembly

Abundance of languages, ruin of Agile re PMs etc i.e. Agile was from techies in the first place but has been co-opted:

And finally realizing that Javascript wasn’t meant to be what it’s become:

 

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Argot, 31337

Communications of the ACM January 2013 “Lost in Translation” refers to ‘argot’ which leads us to 31337 (leet).

Interesting topics -check the respective wikis.

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Peter Neumann

Peter Neumann (Principal Scientist, SRI)

via ACM journal mention by Vincent Cerf

Lots of fun stuff, and especially the quasi-literary pursuits!

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Kanban

Not just another 6-letter, starting with K, Japanese-origin concept.. (see also Kaizen)

From the MSDN newsletter today.. VS update 2 (presumably for VS2012) supports Kanban.

Checking the wiki…

“… stimulates continuous, incremental and evolutionary changes to your system.”

“Sweeping changes may seem more effective but have a higher failure rate due to resistance and fear in the organization.”

 

Applying this principle to Win8 slow adoption:

MS should have found a way (needs to consider ways) to give users the Win8 UI gradually… preventing the shock effect that’s a symptom of non early-adopter types (most people)..

oh.. but they did.. they left the Desktop that you can flip over to easily.

They should have kept it default, and let users flip to the new one at their own pace…

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Windows 8 continuing to be Awesome! Storage Spaces

A couple of years ago I realized that if I had money to spend up-front, I could enhance my storage environment by buying a NAS device.  I researched the products but held off.  I learned that my new powerful Dell (Dec 2010) desktop had extra bays for 3 or 4 additional drives (it came with a fast SATA Seagate 1TB).  I read a bit more and found that I could buy them for $45 each!   So I bought 4.   I installed 3 of them in the computer and went about configuring RAID.  First, I had to ensure the firmware was set to allow virtualization (something to do with the Intel RAID controller).  That was either already set or I set it.  I then discovered that Windows would need re-installed to support the array RAID.  Of course nowadays the vendor doesn’t supply boot media with your OS, so I ruled out re-installing from scratch.    I happily used the several fast drives, 1 for camera video, 1 for Recorded TV, 1 for pictures and websites.   And I relegated the unreliable external USB drives (over the years I’ve had about 10, with average life 2 years; by now I’ve had over 5 die) to various backup roles.   So as of a few days ago I had c:, r:, s:, t: internal drives, and g:, j:, k:, l:, i: external drives (not to mention a router-attached backup as well).  Basically, I ended up with various backups all over the place.

I thought I knew all about Windows 8 then I stumbled upon this:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/01/05/virtualizing-storage-for-scale-resiliency-and-efficiency.aspx

Exciting!   This may allow me to clean up the mess!  Oh, I’d also recently purchased a 3TB WD drive and had WD Smartware configured to automatically backup my important classes of files.

The grand experiment began… I shuffled files around over a period of many hours and configured 4 or 5 drives into a Windows Storage Pool with a Mirrored space and a Parity space.   I had no issues, and only a minor performance hit.   Seemed good.    But then I read this further article  http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/storage-spaces-explained-a-great-feature-when-it-works/2/

One concern is that there is no automatic re-balancing in the case of adding disks to the pool after initial space creation.   The author also indicates issues if you add drives of different sizes.   Anyway, this has lead me to re-build my Storage Pool from scratch, using only 2 3TB USB 3.0 drives and 2 fast USB 2.0 2TB drives and not including the older 500G drives.. just trying to get the best initial configuration without too much experimentation.   Anyway… population in progress.

So I’ve abandoned the WD Smartware auto backup in favour of automatic software mirroring.  Next up:  Windows 8 File History  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/07/10/protecting-user-files-with-file-history.aspx

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