Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day, 2016

We started this blog in 2007. So, this will be our third Leap Day. It might be interesting to see what was going during each of those earlier times.
    2008 This blog's first focus was looking at one product from a project management perspective. By February 2008, there was a fourth survey completed. See Oops happen. The response was hardly enough to be significant; however, it it interesting. We intend to get back to this; however, the engineers took over in 2010 which prompted this "We're gone" post.

    You see, we could trust engineers to do a product right once the marketing folks got out of the way. Finance? Not, it's a mess. Was then; still is. There were so many things out of whack that several books have not covered the gamut. So, expect more about this.

    2012 A few years later, the product was in the air. However, we were all watching Ben trying to get the economy to go. Those who could were still not getting things back to normal. That is, the best and brightest were still baffled and baffling to the rest of us. By this time, there ought to have been some recovery that would have pushed inflation and prompted Ben to raise rates. But, now, Ben went into QE and more; savers, essentially, went from being slapped to being flayed.

    Guess what? Now, we're dealing with Janet. Things are still running amok. The investors want cheap money. But, why not? Some central bankers have gone negative. Makes it all the more apparent that there needs to be a redefinition. What this might look like is the task. 
This brief look back us of the work that remains to be done.

Remarks: Modified: 02/29/2016

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Friday, February 19, 2016


Still plugging along. Truth engineering covers the larger picture. Quora has been taking time and interest of late. There will be more about the discussion platform made available via Quora. I have attained a frequently-read writer status in several areas.

A couple of items. These will continue to be of interest as is safe computing.
  • . Businessweek had an article: Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders? One coder talked about his culture shock. Now, having lived in several parts of the country, I can relate. Some location transitions are more jolting that others. Now, this guy said that he kept hearing: I started to code at 7 years old. Turns out that SV is full of these types. Loose or non existence moral sense? Elsewhere, I mentioned that the financial mess is due in part to the young, best-and-brightest being let loose. As in, old guys with money not wanting to look at technical details. It's true, folks. One wonders how things will be when the current millennial mix gets older. To my view, this whole perturbation was a one-off deal. Technology came along causing (forcing) all sorts of changes. One prevalent view, that is troublesome, is that (real) people are in the way and unnecessary. We will get back to that. 
  • .The WSJ reported that BA has a deferred cost burden around $28B. Yes, billion. And, they are nearing the point where they can sell for more than they spend making the 787. Now, let's say that they sell 2,000. That would be a burden on each of $14M. Yes, million. Deferred cost? Just what exactly is that? Many would like to know. 

I will link this blog, and the other blogs, to Quora this year. 

Remarks: Modified: 02/19/2016

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