- August 13, 2012Read more
It’s often been said that 90%, or more, of technological advancement by humanity has been developed in the last 150 years. That seems to be a pretty bold claim, but if you consider the scale at which we are working now it seems more than just plausible. 150 years ago, electricity was an exciting thing. Now, it is simply a standard component of a dazzling array of things we use on a day to day basis. But lets think on an even grander scale. Have a quick look at this link from the Mars Curiosity rover and come back to me: 360 Panoramic View from Mars Curiosity Welcome back. Now, at this point you may be wondering why I’m talking about Mars and human ingenuity? Let’s take a moment to understand just what an astronomical (pun intended) undertaking that landing an SUV sized rover on another planet is. (more…)
- July 10, 2012Read more
We all have horror stories of the email we never should have sent. The accidental auto-complete mistaken delivery. An email whose context is ambiguous enough that without the facial expression to accompany it, it is wildly misinterpreted. Even worse, the dreaded Reply ALL button. More frequently than not, these result in not much more than embarrassment. Sometimes they dip a little deeper into the waters of disaster (I have personally witnessed this at a previous employer where an employee ramped up threats to another coworker via email but inadvertently sent the reply all to senior management. Yes, he was fired). Beyond just creating opportunities to practice your back-pedaling skills, this can be terrible for IT infrastructure (I’ve also seen this happen live in the field where a user forwarded a 50MB attachment to 200 recipients resulting in a few hours of mail slowing to a crawl as the Exchange server scratched its head and tried to push the now approx. 10GB of data through).
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