My new blog

Posted August 01, 2007 in News

Finally decided to give Wordpress a try and since I’m working a bit on my Mac, thought I’d also try out Ecto

The archive of my old blog will still be available, but I won’t update it.

Doing it by hand with Ruby, Textile and Yaml (a combination I stole from the great Hobix), gave me a certain satisfaction, but there you go… Times change…I rather spend my little extra time on other projects.

Here’s a list of links to the old postings:

Starting a windows application in the background

March 29, 2007

In a UNIX shell you can use ampersand (&) to tell the shell to run a command in the background. Here is how to do it in the Windows command shell.

March 04, 2007

A quick introduction to the CrossFit fitness system

The Jam build tool

February 26, 2007

Jam is a multi-platform build tool created by Perforce


February 22, 2007

Some resources related to the Win32::GuiTest Perl module

NASA mandates UML

February 08, 2007

NASA thinks (wrongly?) that UML can help them improve quality

Marcus Ranum on static analysis

January 25, 2007

Ranum runs Fortify on his 1994 Firewall Toolkit (FWTK) and tells about it

How to review a book

January 22, 2007

Reviewers are really talking about themselves, not the book

High Intensity Interval training

January 19, 2007

Fitness gurus agree on HIIT effectiveness

E-mail Priorities

June 05, 2006

How fast should we respond to email?

Should architects code?

May 17, 2006

Yes, please and fix defects too!

Software failures are systematic, not random

May 15, 2006

Defect severity is more important than probability of occurence

Playing with C#

April 28, 2006

I’m creating a small C# productivity app to learn about it

Defect severities, part 5 – Handbook of Software Reliability Engineering

April 27, 2006

Classification used in Michael Lyu’s book


April 21, 2006

A good book in the tradition of “How to Lie with Statistics” and “Innumeracy”

Structured text or HTML

March 28, 2006

Is structured text a valid alternative to HTML?

Defect severities, part 4 – Bugzilla

October 01, 2005

Classification used by Bugzilla developers

Defect Severities, part 3 – Subversion

October 01, 2005

Classification used by developers of Subversion

Defect Severities, part 2 – Debian

October 01, 2005

Classification used by Debian package developers

Weissman on Presentation Skills (via Colwell)

September 30, 2005

Weissman’s five cardinal sins in a presentation

Software Architect

July 29, 2005

What does a software architect do?


July 26, 2005

Eclipse Development Process

June 21, 2005

I like the way decisions are de-centralized.

Software Reliability Engineering

March 31, 2005

Defect severities, part 1 – Severity versus Priority

March 14, 2005

Severity is technical, priority is political

Jim McCarthy

March 14, 2005

Theory of Constraints

March 14, 2005

More on the design factory

March 14, 2005

Some more food for thought from Reinertsen’s “Managing The Design Factory”

Managing The Design Factory

March 13, 2005

Review of Donald Reinertsen’s “Managing The Design Factory”

Poppendieck Seminar

March 07, 2005

Toyota Production System (Just In Time Manufacturing) applied to software

Liquid Information

February 28, 2005

Turning web pages into interactive text with some browser magic


February 26, 2005

Using bookmarklets to enhance weblogging.

Jakob Nielsen on Usability

February 25, 2005

Interested in usability? Read Jakob Nielsen’s work

Code coverage considered harmful?

February 24, 2005

Measuring code coverage seems like a fool-proof way of evaluating the quality of your tests

You are what you measure

February 24, 2005

Be careful with metrics. You might get what you ask for

XML: Tags vs Attributes

February 24, 2005

Rules of thumb to decide on using tags vs attributes

The Scientific Companion

February 22, 2005

The perfect reference book to have by your desk while you’re writing the next science fiction bestseller

Groupware considered harmful?

February 22, 2005

Groupware to help users get laid

Software Design

February 14, 2005

Random thoughts about software design

On-line Learning

February 14, 2005

Daily Build

February 14, 2005

The heartbeat of the project (according to Jim McCarthy)

Time management

February 14, 2005

Some resources that helped me learn how to manage my time


February 14, 2005

Compose the desktop by compositing together separate graphical windows

Requirements, designs and pink chairs…

February 10, 2005

You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need

Estimation in Software Development

January 27, 2005

My list of issues with estimation of software effort, costs and schedules.

Top 5 risks according to Waltzing with Bears

January 27, 2005

Dijkstra on Testing

November 29, 2004

Gilb’s Competitive Engineering

November 27, 2004

In February I attended a short course on Design by Tom Gilb

C++ Exception Specifications

November 24, 2004

Don’t bother with C++ exception specifications

Gilb on Design

November 22, 2004