Author Archives: Jeffrey Gifford

Acting on a good idea

Earlier I mused on suits, haircuts and good ideas and opted to support “what’s between the ears”, those brains, smarts and ability to execute. A day or so later my family were eating Chinese takeout when we got to the… (read more)

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When “Free” upsets your model

When something is free (free as in beer, not free as in speech1), how many of us are tempted to over-consume? What if we’re separated from the true cost of something by policy or tradition? Do we find ourselves over-consuming something… (read more)

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It’s not the haircut, but what’s between the ears

I was at a tech Meetup, talking with an Android developer about how he writes code to handle background processes on that platform when he stopped abruptly and asked me about my work experience. I briefly explained my history in… (read more)

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A Different Diversity

Diversity in the workplace isn’t just about people, backgrounds, ideas and knowledge. Nor is it also just about inclusion. Let’s talk about server operating systems (OS). We all know that having multiple server operating systems (Windows, Solaris, RedHat, AIX, SCO,… (read more)

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A case for condensing fix/test cycles

A while back I posted on the strategy of changing only one variable at a time when working to resolve an incident and determine root cause. I’m amazed at how much discipline it takes to implement this simple strategy. If… (read more)

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Top Posts and Commenters for April 2011

In case you missed one or more of these, here are this blog’s top ten posts based on traffic during the month of April 2011. Much to my surprise, the Emacs versus vi post remains on the top. The longest… (read more)

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Virtual Lunches?

Joel Spolsky takes on an important topic in his post today on lunches and I share with him a firm belief in the value of intentionally sharing a meal. It can be an important tool in your work-life balancing act. It can… (read more)

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Connect in some way

I’d already been heavily involved in Unix/Linux for nearly twenty years by the time I found myself assigned as the leader/manager of the Windows Engineering team. Even some of my closest colleagues scoffed when they heard the news. How could… (read more)

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Work-life balance

Work-life balance may not always be completely obtainable. But it will never start to tip the way you want unless you take charge of making some changes yourself. The graphic I chose for today shows a teeter totter wobbling in… (read more)

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Top Posts and Commenters for March 2011

In case you missed one or more of these, here are this blog’s top ten posts based on traffic during the month of March 2011. I didn’t blog as much in March as I did in February, but I was… (read more)

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