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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at bwebster@bfwa.com.

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New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

May 21, 2012 0 Comments
New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

Over at bfwa.com, I’ve started a new series of posts that will present brief reviews of and excerpts from my library of software engineering and IT project management texts. Here’s the introduction to the series; and here’s the first post, covering Jerry Weinberg’s The Psychology of Computer Programming.  ..bruce..

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Rebuilding a WHS 2003 box, part I

March 20, 2012 2 Comments
Rebuilding a WHS 2003 box, part I

A few years ago, I bought an off-the-shelf (well, delivered from Amazon) Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server. It came with a single 2TB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom CPU 230 (1.6 ghz), three empty hot-swap drive bays, and Windows Home Server 2003 pre-installed; I added three more 2TB drives to the […]

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Technical bleg: simple video chat over a LAN (Mac/Win mix)?

March 15, 2012 3 Comments
Technical bleg: simple video chat over a LAN (Mac/Win mix)?

My systems are all Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. One of my desktops has a Logitech webcam on it. My wife’s systems are all Mac OS X. Her MacPro tower has a webcam on it. We’re on the same LAN, but we’re two floors apart. Is there a simple way to set up video chat within […]

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Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

March 15, 2012 0 Comments
Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

One of my three desktop systems — a slim Gateway tower (SX2802-01) I’ve had for about two years — notified me last week that the hard disk (a Seagate Barracuda 7200, 750 GB) was failing. I googled the Windows system message, and what I found indicated the hard drive was indeed on its way to […]

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Blast from the past (1985): 2 MB Macintosh upgrade!

February 22, 2012 1 Comment
Blast from the past (1985): 2 MB Macintosh upgrade!

I spent a little time over at Google Groups, searching the USENET archives for posts that I had made and found (among others) the following: ====================== From: crash!bwebs…@SDCSVAX.ARPA Date: Sun, 30 Jun 85 01:26:31 PDT Subject: 2MB Macintosh! Well, space cookies, I did it.  In a fit of passion, I went down to Levco Enterprises […]

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