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Nerd Herding November 29, 2005

Posted by Matsu in Management, Technology.
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Many years ago, back before the Y2K problem was solved, I won a Palm V from a vendor at a technology trade show. I think Cisco was the vendor, but I can’t remember for certain.

After I figured out how to get the Palm V to synchronize with the Palm desktop software, I went looking for other applications that could run on the new Palm OS device. I found the usual games and other entertaining distractions, but what really interested me was a document I downloaded to test the various text reading applications. Anne, my boss and mentor, recommended the document to me. It was titled, Nerd Herding, and after reading it I began to think seriously about what it takes to make technology professionals healthy and happy.

The document is still available on the Internet in its original Palm OS document file here, or you can visit the author’s (Cal Evans) web site to read an updated version of Nerd Herding with your web browser. For the full effect, you should read it on a Palm PDA, but if you can’t get your hands on one, then an acceptable compromise is to read the updated version on the net.

If you manage a software development team or other technology professionals (aka: geeks), then you must read this brief document and heed its advice. Being a former programmer and quasi nerd myself, I found it to be more accurate than most of the management articles and books I read before it. Since then, I found many of Cal Evan’s principles incorporated in I.T. management books and articles. Coincidence? I think not!


Is this thing on? November 27, 2005

Posted by Matsu in First Post.

As my first post on the WordPress blog server, I must begin with a word of thanks to Matt and company for such a cool product and service as WordPress.

For some time I have been playing with the WordPress software on some very old (Intel P2) hardware running Fedora core 3. I have decided that my low-end server and ISP connection do not allow me to host my own WordPress site at this time, but maybe in the future if this grows then I will host this on my own server. Until then, I will enjoy this stable and very generous service.

Let the blogging begin!