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Another warning on Windows 7 (video BSODs)

March 7, 2010 1 Comment
Another warning on Windows 7 (video BSODs)

I’ve actually been having this problem for some time, but I thought it might be some kind of hardware problem with the system. Now I think it’s Microsoft and/or ATI. As noted below, last fall I bought an HP Pavillion desktop (quad-core 64-bit  processor, 8 GB ram, 1 TB hd) running Windows 7 (Home Premium […]

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A warning on Windows 7

February 17, 2010 1 Comment
A warning on Windows 7

My newest computer (an HP Pavillion desktop, quad-core processor, 8 GB ram, 1 TB hd) runs Windows 7, which I find to be a significant improvement over Vista. However, I ran into a problem with it a week or so ago. I was in the process of copying some files from elsewhere on my internal […]

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The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

December 28, 2009 5 Comments
The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

Roger Sessions has published a white paper, “The IT Complexity Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” (PDF). It’s created a bit of a stir in tech circles, largely because Sessions estimates that “worldwide, we are already losing over USD 500 billion per month on IT failure, and the problem is getting worse” (page 1; emphasis in original). […]

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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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