The Sidebar is Back!

I’m apparently in the minority, but I really liked the sidebar in Windows Vista.  On a widescreen monitor, there is horizontal space to waste and it was really convenient to have all of my gadgets showing over on the right-hand side.  In Windows 7, the sidebar was removed.  Gadgets are still there, but to me…

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Netcast List April 2010

It’s been a long time since I updated my netcast list, but my habits have changed a bit.  Here is what I currently listen to regularly: This Week in Tech – Weekly Tech News Roundup GeekBrief – Daily snippet of gadget news Games with Garfield – Monthly gaming podcast featuring the creator of Magic: The…

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Resume Advice: List Your Classes and Projects

It is campus hiring season and I have been reading a lot of college resumes lately.  One thing I have noticed on many resumes is that they do not list what I consider to be some of the most relevant information.  As important as it is that someone made the Dean’s list or worked at…

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Pass Rates Don’t Matter

It seems obvious that test pass rates are important.  The higher the pass rate, the better quality the product.  The lower the pass rate, the more known issues there are and the worse the quality of the product.  It then follows that teams should drive their pass rates to be high.  I’ve shipped many products…

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The Complexity Hammer

I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing lately, especially of college students.  There is one tendency I see a that really separates those that are good from those who still have more learning to do.  This is the tendency of the good programmers to see elegant solutions to problems and the corollary that less skilled…

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Plan Intentionally

I previously wrote about being intentional, but focused mostly on intentionality in execution.  Being intentional is also important in planning.  When planning a new product or the implementation of a feature, it is important to explicitly consider all aspects.  It can be a temptation to move past the hard problems too quickly.  “We’ll get back…

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