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Frustration with UNIX editors

by Roland Buresund posted at 2004-12-03 03:00 last modified 2007-05-21 12:33

Arggggg!!!!

Why must the editors under Linux be so damned bad!!

After having kedit spending 20 minutes on a simple search-replace operation on a 2MB html-file and looked at kwrite and gedit spend approx. 3 minutes to load the same file and position myself at the end of the file and having either kate or kvim truncate the file to approx. 400K, I feel extremely frustrated.

Yes, I know I can use vi (I frequently do) or emacs (I used to program with emacs in the nineties, but it is not a friendly editor and the Gosling Emacs keybindings are still in my finger and the assholes decided to drop the gosling emulation lisp file, so...).

StarWriter is too big and wieldy and MS-Word does too many weird stuff with my files to be trusted.

People will probably suggest that I use bluefish or quanta (both of which used to crash while doing WYSIWYG, maybe they are better now), but I like to control the editing of my files 100%, so I just want a simple WYSIWYG/text editor with advanced search and search-replace functionality, supports cut-and-paste and that loads fast.

Sigh, the reason I am frustrated is that nedit wasn't included in my SuSE 9.2Pro distribution, so I have to get it again. Nedit fulfills my needs very well (extremely versatile editor), but it has two major disadvantages:

  • Usually not included in distributions
  • Using Motif and Motif-bindings (how something that uses Motif can be fast compared to KDE/GTK is beyond me, but it is a tribute to real hacking that it is).
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All models are wrong!

by Roland Buresund posted at 2004-12-14 03:00 last modified 2007-05-21 12:34

All models that are used in all books reviewed at this site and other sites, are wrong!

They may be useful as approximations or tools to collect your thoughts, but they are all wrong.

Why? For the same reason mathematics are a flawed concept!
Case in point, I can prove that negative numbers doesn't exist in the real world. Take a bowl of fruit, add 4 apples (the bowl now contains 4 units), remove 5 apples (the bowl now contains -1 units), add 1 apple (the bowl is now empty… or does it have an apple in it?)

Another case in point. Take the number 10, divide by 3 (giving us 3.33333 in eternity). According to mathematical models, we should be able to take the result (3.3333) and multiply it by the divider (3) and get the original value (10), but we can't, as 3 times 3.3333 gives us 9.99999. Obviously the mathematical models doesn't work, but they are nice tools to make approximations.

So, by using these examples, you may challenge the people that claim that business calculations are not real or correct (usually chemical, physics or math majors).

Models should be used for their inteded purposes, namely to allow you to collect your thoughts and give you something to collect data into. After that, they are only as useful as your interpretation of their data.

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Failed Orkut Experiment

by Roland Buresund posted at 2004-12-23 03:00 last modified 2007-05-21 12:35

OK, Orkut was an interesting social experiment by Google, which I participated in since the beginning. But it is a prime example on how lousy software and not enough hardware can make a site useless.

I mean, to submit a comment to a forum in there, you have to be a gambler, as there is only approx. a 10% chance that it'll work. To read something, you at least have a 50% chance that something except an error message will show up.

Let's not discuss logging in, as that has a hit rate of about 25% (yes, I've used Konqueror under Linux, Firefox under Linux and W2K, IE 6 under WXP, Mozilla and Opera under Linux, the results are the same, with our without privoxy, squid, ad-blocker, etc.).

Sigh, it seemed such a good idea, that I would even had accepted some ads, if the site only had been working most of the time. I mean, the access is worse than Torget was in its first week of existance in 1996!

I'll abandon the site (as most of the people seems to have done already) and hope it will die a graceful death instead of the current lingering death-throes. Anyway, it makes me sad...

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MBA and the Alpha personality

by Roland Buresund posted at 2004-12-27 03:00 last modified 2007-05-21 12:32

It just hit me while I was reading the latest number of AMBA's magazine. The difference betwen a student of a BSc or MSc in Management/Finance/Economics/etc. and an MBA student is that the vast majority of the MBA students are Alpha Personality Types (goal-orientated, dedicated, confident, a tendency to want to participate and solve problems, rather than shy away from them, a take charge attitude) which can in fact be seen as nearly a pre-requisite for MBA studies.

It certainly doesn't mean that all MBA students are alike, as can be seen in the vast differing MBTI-types that takes the MBA, even though I believe that there are more Innovators than Adaptors (according to Kirton) that take the MBA. Heck, it doesn't even imply that all MBA students are nice, it only implies that most (not all) MBA graduates have had their already "driven" personality finely tuned to be even more focused on a number of concepts and experienced in fierce competition (at school).

I don't have any numbers, but it would be interesting to see if MBA students fails their exams more or less often than the "standard" MSc student, and if so, why or why not?

Any opinions anyone?


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I heard that Post Un

Posted by Antwon at 2015-10-24 15:22

I heard that Post University is a great option. The uitservniy offers several MBA options like finance, marketing, and leadership. You can either get your MBA on campus in Connecticut, or you can earn your MBA completely online! Your diploma and uitservniy transcript won't look any different than a student who went to school on campus. Hope that helps.

How to write reviews?

by Roland Buresund posted at 2005-01-22 03:00 last modified 2007-05-21 12:32

I'm trying to logically define what is necessary to write a good book review. This is my candidate opinion at present.

Consider some or all of the following points when writing a book review:

  • What was the purpose in writing this book
  • For whom was it written
  • Is it appropriate to its audience?
  • What qualifications does the author have for writing on this subject?
  • Is the book well structured and attractively laid out?
  • Is it orderly and logical?
  • Is the book well written, easy to read and easy to follow?
  • Are there bibliographies and references?
  • Are there indications of extensive research?
  • Is there an index?
  • What other features does it have? Are they effective and useful?
  • Is the book objective or does it show bias?
  • Are assumptions made and what conclusions does the author reach?
  • Does the book have illustrations, tables etc. and do they complement the text?
  • Are there mistakes or omissions in the book?
  • How does the book compare with others known to you on the same subject or by the same author?
  • Is the publisher and authors of the book known and reputable?
  • How appropriate is the book's title?
  • Does it promise essentially what the book delivers?
  • Why was the book written?
  • Has the author met his/hers objectives?
  • What is your personal response?
  • Is it satisfying to read?
  • Is it convincing? Why? If not, why not?

Don't forget to tell the audience what the book is all about and to describe and/or refute its main hypothesis.

Evaluate the worth of the work being reviewed, and don't pull any punches. If the book is not worth reading, tell the audience this and explain why you think it is so.

In short, the following things should be present in a book review (not that it is present in mine):

  • Full bibliographical details (supported by the book module)
  • Author's qualifications (supported by the author module's bio data)
  • The overall content of the book, its scope and intended audience (part of the synopsis in the book module)
  • Its standing among other similar books on the same topic
  • The author's premises on which the work is based and the conclusions reached
  • The major issues stated and points raised in the book together with the extent to which these have been adequately covered
  • Any particularly strong viewpoint or bias present in the book
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the book
  • An evaluation of the style of writing
  • The personal judgement of the reviewer as to the book's worth

And in the end, do I follow my own advice? Not really, I just tell the audience what is on my mind.... :-)
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Lets recycle old entries

by Roland Buresund posted at 2007-05-21 12:31 last modified 2007-05-21 12:31

This is my progression of knowledge of different computer languages (not counting the myriad of macro-languages that you are forced to learn while using different applications). The Computer Languages that I consider myself proficient in, in roughly the order that I learnt them:

  • Basic
  • Business Basic
  • UCSD-Pascal
  • C
  • CSH/TCSH
  • SQL
  • AWK/SED/SH/KSH
  • Troff/Nroff
  • Tex/MetaFont
  • C++
  • Tcl/Tk
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Python

I also have some knowledge of the following languages, but I have never written a major application in any of them:

  • Lex/YACC
  • Cobol
  • Objective-C
  • LISP
  • B/BCPL
  • LaTeX
  • PostScript
  • SGML
  • Fortran-77
  • Perl
  • Assembler (various)
  • Java
  • Ruby

And my current project are to learn:

  • Flash

This just goes to show that I should also learn the following languages to make my education more complete:

  • JavaScript
  • SmallTalk
  • Algol
  • REXX
  • ML
  • Forth
  • Logo
  • Visual Basic
  • JCL

But it is very hard to get any enthusiasm going, without any application needs (like I decided to learn Python after I discovered Zope and needed to convert some applications to it).

Also, at 40+ and MBA educated, it is very unlikely that anyone would care what my technical skills are. The normal reaction if a person like myself shows technical skills are to either classify me as a "techie" without management potential (as the theory seems to be that you can't have advanced technical skills and learn anything else) or to be scared of me (usual reaction from a technical standpoint), as a manager with a tie shouldn't understand what the "real techies" are talking about in any detail!

Of course, there exists other reactions, but these are the most common and shows the confidence of the persons making them. In my opinion, we should demand that the current crop of CIO's (or equivalent) should be technically proficient and business educated, as one without the other makes very bad (IT/IS) managers. It would be like having a VP of Marketing without knowledge of either Marketing or Business Strategy (also refered to as suicidial tendencies Smiling ). Sure, a CIO needs to work on a higher level than Computer Languages and Architectures even, but they should have a detailed knowledge of them anyway, as manipulating programmers that resort to techno-babble usually succeeds in getting their way, due to the incompetence of many CIO's. This is a major reason that IT/IS departments are so costly, which in my opinion has led to the current tendency of outsourcing of IT/IS (in the theory that someone else will be able to exercise better control of the costs, aka staff, which is just another way of telling the world that the management has lost control and can't regain it).

In reality, this should be an interesting discussion, but I suspect the subject is too taboo to create any real discussion (as is the Swedish Way, i.e., don't rock the boat).

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My first entry in Coreblog2

by Roland Buresund posted at 2007-05-21 12:31 last modified 2007-05-21 12:31

Sigh,

why do I have to slave like ****to get data into Plone? I've spent the last 10 days rying to get my books/reviews/authors/publishers into my AT-created stuff (ArcheTypes are marvelous, as long as you don't need to batch data with references into them...)

And while I'm complaining, my new ISP (WebFaction) is probably getting tired of me as well, as my Zope/Plone process tends to swell to 200+ MB (and they already allow me 160MB, which I try to share with a Django-applikation). Well, the FastCGI they use doesn't work very well ith Zope, so maybe they will stand me a while longer.

And I have constant guilty conscience. I promised my cousin Wenche that I would mail her this weekend (after having put it off for four weeks), then I got so busy with my own site, that I forgot. And now I have to handle another customer for the next two weeks, so she'll probably be even more upset (and who can blame her?). I'll try to add some photo's of our relatives on the site, and she'll hopefully forgive me :-)

Back to the plone-mines....


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Books and knowledge

by Roland Buresund posted at 2007-05-21 12:31 last modified 2007-05-21 12:31

An aquintance asked me if I knew everything that is inside the books that I have reviewed?

The short answer is: Of course not!

The long answer is: I have read them all (and a number of books that I haven't reviewed), I know the subjects and the contents of them as an aggregate, and yes, I am an expert in a number of subjects that I read books about. If not, I usually intend to become one, which is the reason why I am reading a number of books about the subject. Case in point, I contentemplated to add the Java programming language to my repertoire (why you ask? seemed like a good idea...). So, I promptly ought a bunch of books about it (including some specialiased aspects of it, like Beans, etc.). After having read 5-7 books, I decided against it, because it was too close to C++, but without pointers (and I'm an old C programmer who likes pointers and indirect references, etc.). So now I can program in Java but I have no intention of ever doings so, but it allows me to say what I want regarding it, because I know it (without being an expert in the subject).

In my opinion, books allow people to learn from other people's mistakes and successes, without them being present. Text is in my opinion a lot better than interactive movies or audio-cassettes, as it allows me to go back with lightning speed to check references and contrast opinions against each other (try to do that with 4 CDs or 4 flash movies :-) ). Of course, it helps that I am a speed reader and have an analytical mind, that allows me to visualise and ontrast ideas in my head (but I believe everyone can get this, with some training).

I recently met a CEO for a small company, that went through my CV, and then asked me where my expertise lay. I said in the areas of project management, IT-programming, Management, OS-design, ERP-programming, Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Change Management, Entrepreneurship, Due Diligence, Turnarounds, Presentations, Human Resources, Standards, International Relations, ... He told me that I wasn't serious, so he decided that I was a project manager for large projects. Sure I am, I've had my share of these as well. But it shows in my opinion more the limited minds many people have today, as they can't contemplate that anyone can learn and understand more than themselves. Am I everything that I have written? Yes, and there is a high probability that I know these subjects better than most professionals in these areas (because to be an "expert", you seldom know very much).

And just to irritate people even more, I also know a lot about history, geography, film-making, advertising photography, psychology, religion, biochemstry, et al., as I have an interest n keeping abreast of developments in these fields due to old interests....

A former manager to me recently said to me. "don't let them know what you can, let them figure it out themselves later, otherwise you will scare them" as advice before an interview.  Truth to tell, that scared me, as it showed in a stark light that many managers are suffering from bad self-esteem, and therefore tries to stop anyone that may threaten their position (or so they delude themselves). Scary.


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