Questions to ask when interviewing for data jobs

I recently discussed interviewing questions with someone looking to transition from front-end development and engineering into the Big Data and Analytics industry. They had found several positions that looked very interesting but had no idea how to vet the maturity of the data organization to understand what they were walking into. I’m lucky that I’ve […]

5-whys at Hubspot: an Introspective response

Ran across Post mortems at Hubspot: What I learned from 250 Whys today.  This is a good review of Hubspot’s experience with 5-whys to facilitate post-mortems. The part that most caught my eye was the idea that “slow down” probably should not be the initial response to development velocity and mistakes if you don’t also consider the cost […]

Lack of backup foils Va.’s new IT system | Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Every time we’re down for an hour, that’s about 2,500 people inconvenienced,” Smit said. “They’re blaming my people for it and [state IT officials] have an obligation to fix it.” Lack of backup foils Va.’s new IT system | Richmond Times-Dispatch. One of the things we’ve been grappling with lately is some unfortunate unplanned outages […]

Seth's Blog: Ms. In-between

If the only reason you’re only wearing one hat is because you’ve always only worn one hat, that’s not a good reason. Seth’s Blog: Ms. In-between. Tradition for tradition’s sake is never a good reason to continue doing something in a technical environment.  The landscape is ever changing.  You should always be re-evaluating what you’re […]

Your Cloud Needs a Sys Admin – O'Reilly Broadcast

The programmer-managed infrastructure suffers from a death by a thousand cuts. The programmer is competent with technology and fully capable of setting up a system that can support the application being built. The programmer, however, lacks a detailed understanding of ongoing infrastructure management. Consequently, the programmer-managed infrastructure ultimately leads to an environment incapable of adjusting […]

Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing | Open Source – InfoWorld

Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing Canonical’s upcoming server upgrade supports the Eucalyptus project’s open source system for cloud implementation using hardware and software already in place Canonical is touting private cloud capabilities in an upgrade to its Ubuntu Linux OS being announced on Tuesday. Available for free download on October 29, Ubuntu 9.10 Server […]

Four Short Links, Oct 14, 2009

Larry Ellison hates cloud computing – funny clip of Ellison lambasting the idea of clouds. Yes, really, clouds have been around for over a decade, we just didn’t know it (or realize it). Dynamic general and slow query log before MySQL 5.1 – This is an interesting way of handling the slow and general query […]

Seth's Blog: Make a decision

It doesn’t have to be a wise decision or a perfect one. Just make one. In fact, make several. Make more decisions could be your three word mantra. Seth’s Blog: Make a decision. Finally, someone agrees with me.  One of the biggest demoralizers in an organization (in my experience) was the lack of someone standing […]

Four Short Links: Thurs., October 1st, 2009

Your People – Rand in Repose: “Your People will piss you off because the relationship is genuine. They do not coddle and they do not spin. Consequently, Your People error-correct you in ways that others cannot.” Wordle: ” Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.” This looks like a […]

The Duct Tape Programmer – Joel on Software

Jamie Zawinski is what I would call a duct-tape programmer. And I say that with a great deal of respect. He is the kind of programmer who is hard at work building the future, and making useful things so that people can do stuff. He is the guy you want on your team building go-carts, […]