Tag Archives: software

Einstein and software

Einstein argued that there must be simplified explanations of nature, because God is not capricious or arbitrary.  No such faith comforts the software engineer.

Fred Brooks, Jr.

Successful tools

A successful [software] tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.

S. C. Johnson

Manpower and software making

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.

Fred Brooks

Hardware and software problems….on the lighter side

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? “Well the diagnostics say it’s fine buddy, so it’s a software problem.”


Polarizing software

Jim Henderson at makeuseof.com reviews Poladroid for Windows, a software aimed at transforming your photos with the charm of Polaroid photographies (full article at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/have-fun-polarizing-your-images-with-poladroid-for-windows/).

The software is simple but funny and You can get the installer at http://www.poladroid.net/

Man and software

Software stands between man and his machine.


First rule of project management

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.


Microsoft affected by inertia or by monopoly?

the oracle at Lockergnome writes an article on Microsoft reporting former employee impressions on different topics, including Redmond’s inability to produce a serious breahtrough in tablets (full story at http://www.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/02/05/microsoft-isn%e2%80%99t-going-anywhere-soon-%e2%80%93-it%e2%80%99s-called-inertia/).

In my opinion, a couple of factors affect Microsoft:

a) first of all, the “winner inertia” started when acquired (and is still maintaining) the “de facto” monopoly of os and offic applications. This situation doesn’t help people innovating and, in consequence, doesn’t bring a winning product (both software or hardware) to the market

b) Microsoft not being able of introducing (and communicating) a style, a unique “flavour” that differentiates from competitors (such as Apple user interface)

Names and complexity

All the simple programs have been written, and all the good names taken.


Manpower and project timing

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.


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