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Weighing in on Project Orca

November 10, 2012 3 Comments
Weighing in on Project Orca

[Cross posted from And Still I Persist] [Note: I am currently in transit from Colorado to Florida and am composing this post as I have time and ‘net access.] “All the most important mistakes are made on the first day.” – The Art of Systems Architecting (Maier & Rechtin) Project Orca was the Romney campaign’s […]

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iPad Mini: the Goldilocks iPad for kids

October 3, 2012
iPad Mini: the Goldilocks iPad for kids

With the growing swell of articles about the still-hypothetical iPad Mini — see, for example, this thoughtful analysis over at Vodkapundit — I find it interesting that I see very little written about one of the hottest consumer niches for the iPad: kids. Which is surprising, since kids desperately want to get their hands on […]

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HR 3200 from a systems design perspective (Part II)

September 8, 2009 5 Comments
HR 3200 from a systems design perspective (Part II)

In the first part of this three-part series, I briefly outlined the parallels between developing software and crafting legislation, while pointing out the great risks and issues in the latter. I also indicated what I felt were some of the general structural flaws  in HR 3200, the House bill on health care reform — not […]

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HR 3200 from a systems design perspective (Part I)

September 7, 2009 11 Comments
HR 3200 from a systems design perspective (Part I)

[Welcome Slashdotters — feel free to leave comments here or there. But no debates on health care reform or what HR 3200 does or does not do, please — just on the concept itself.] [Part II is now up.] On the occasions where I have reviewed the actual text of major legislation, I have been […]

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A classic reminder of product misdesign

February 22, 2009 0 Comments
A classic reminder of product misdesign

Many large-scale software projects, whether commercial, two-party, or internal, end up poorly matched to their intended use and fail to achieve their intended use. But the same factors that lead to such disappointments occur in all industries and settings. Though I never drove one (and probably only saw them rarely while growing up), as a […]

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