5 years, 2 months ago

Of Peanut Butter and Animated Pictures

Could you end a debate that has raged on for 25 years with five words? Steve Wilhite did. In 1987, while working for Compuserve (you do remember Compuserve, right?), Wilhite developed a graphics format that enables us to create short animations, i.e. m…

5 years, 2 months ago

Of Peanut Butter and Animated Pictures

Could you end a debate that has raged on for 25 years with five words? Steve Wilhite did. In 1987, while working for Compuserve (you do remember Compuserve, right?), Wilhite developed a graphics format that enables us to create short animations, i.e. m…

6 years, 11 months ago

Beware Architecture Ghosts that go BOO!

As the Cowardly Lion once remarked, “I do believe in ghosts, I do, I do, I do believe in ghosts!” In the technology space, ghosts are fateful decisions, implicit or explicit, that are buried within a solution until the right set of circumstances raise them from the dead.

For instance, in January 1990, AT&T experienced a cascade of failures in their long distance network switches. It seems

6 years, 11 months ago

Beware Architecture Ghosts that go BOO!

As the Cowardly Lion once remarked, “I do believe in ghosts, I do, I do, I do believe in ghosts!” In the technology space, ghosts are fateful decisions, implicit or explicit, that are buried within a solution until the right set of circumstances raise them from the dead.

For instance, in January 1990, AT&T experienced a cascade of failures in their long distance network switches. It seems

7 years, 1 month ago

Landscaping and Loose Coupling

A few years back, my wife and I bought a shiny new home. The house was almost brand new and the previous occupant had traded a goodly portion of their kid’s future inheritance to a landscaper for a collection of shrubs, trees, and mulch large eno…

7 years, 4 months ago

Go Ahead, Offer Me That One More Time

The background: My wife has been a Type 1 Diabetic for 50 years. Most of us have heard of Diabetes but only know half the story – the half that says, if a Diabetic’s blood sugar drops they need something sweet (like orange juice) to bring it up. Th…

7 years, 6 months ago

Yes, yes, but what do you do?

I’ve tried explaining my job as an Enterprise Architect to a number of people, including my parents, and after I’m done I get that “sure, whatever you say” kind of a look.

I’ll not delve into my job description here, except to say that a s…