March 2002 Archives

My Dog Spot
If you have ever lived near a Cal Worthington car dealership, chances are you’ve seen...
March 30, 2002 - 94 words, 3 comments

Wrong Firewall
Moreover’s "edited" computer security feed has a link to a story called "More heat for...
March 23, 2002 - 31 words, 1 comment

AOL product not good enough for employees
Some time back AOL Time Warner dictated that all employees would use a custom version...
March 23, 2002 - 71 words, 1 comment

Writting helpful error messages
The job of an error message is to inform the user of a problem and...
March 21, 2002 - 49 words, 2 comments

Warships and software
What does the accidental sinking of a 17th century warship have to do with software...
March 21, 2002 - 40 words,

Software Lemons
Most product manufacturers are held responsible for ensuring their products work as advertised. Software companies...
March 21, 2002 - 37 words,

NYT in Radio
So Dave’s been bubbling about some new thing that Userland is doing. "You’ll think differently...
March 20, 2002 - 102 words,

Mod_rewrite for IIS
One of the most useful features of Apache is mod_rewrite, a module that allows Apache...
March 20, 2002 - 167 words, 7 comments

Cutting through Web Services hype
Over at ZDNet, some Gartner analysts discuss the hype and promose of Web services, and...
March 19, 2002 - 27 words,

Shopping Cart Usability
In Shopping Cart Usability, Barbara S. Chaparro examines usability factors of the online shopping cart....
March 17, 2002 - 40 words,

Criteria for success
The Rational Edge | Understanding the Elephant: "I once refactored some badly written code and...
March 16, 2002 - 71 words,

Web Services Articles
The cover stories at both New Architect Magazine and The Rational Edge are on Web...
March 16, 2002 - 64 words,

How to manage estimates
The Rational Edge | How Late Are You Gonna Be?: "I believe that a well-managed...
March 16, 2002 - 67 words,

Consumer preference vs. RIAA
Most successful companies are driven by the needs and desires of their customer base. After...
March 16, 2002 - 145 words, 1 comment

Comment
I’m catching up on some old reading, so some of toady’s links have been around...
March 16, 2002 - 18 words,

AOL to use copy protection on CDs?
It looks like AOL Time Warner may be planning to cripple audio CDs that they...
March 13, 2002 - 20 words,

Design This
Business 2.0’s "Cool Design Won’t Save a Dud Product" is a study of how products...
March 12, 2002 - 68 words, 2 comments

TextAd Exchange Changes
There’s a new version of the code behind the TextAd Exchange. In addition to some...
March 11, 2002 - 148 words, 13 comments

Rule of thumb
The more awards a personal Web site has, the worse the site....
March 6, 2002 - 12 words, 5 comments

Ignoring Security Alerts
When a programmer found a security hole in Guess’s Web site that allowed him to...
March 6, 2002 - 46 words, 1 comment

Wireless Notworks
Despite lots of hype, strong consumer interest, and cheap bandwidth and hardware, wireless networks are...
March 5, 2002 - 27 words, 3 comments

Secure Code
I read a review of what sounds like an interesting book, "Writing Secure Code" by...
March 4, 2002 - 90 words,

DCMA goes to court
In their case against the government over violation of the DCMA, Elcomsoft plans to argue...
March 4, 2002 - 192 words,

Blackberry phone
If RIM starts making one of these in the pager-size formfactor, I’ll replace my Palm...
March 4, 2002 - 63 words, 2 comments

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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