8 years, 7 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…

8 years, 7 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…

10 years, 3 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

10 years, 3 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

10 years, 5 months 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…

10 years, 9 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…

10 years, 11 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…