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Fibre to the node – hahahahahah

My house, which was on the pre-Coalition 3 year NBN roll out, but was afterward nuked by the LNP when they won, currently has an issue with the copper that runs from the footpath to the house itself. The last 10 metres of the copper. This took two visits by a Telstra technician to verify. […]

How to explain backend changes that support undelivered features

My current work environment is in a cost-pressured large national transport enterprise with a familiar internationally-recognised brand name. We have to build a lot of systems that model many real-world, highly-regulated, parameters and states. This data is often used to feed into other systems that feed the voracious information maw of an often severely critical […]

Fairfax media – incompetent boobs

Well I logged into the Fairfax site BrisbaneTimes.com.au this morning for my dose of occasional local newspaper media (the Brisbane Times is really a web-only copy of the SMH with some local content). Wanted to comment on an article; it seemed they changed their login system and my old login didn’t work. That’s OK, I […]

High-performance system design by declarative specification

“I want to get from London to New York in 12 minutes.” “Ok, we will have to design and build some sort of ICBM or buy one, that will cost a lot of money. Also, I’m not even sure you can get an ICBM that’s fast enough for that distance. And have we thought about […]

Requirement: futuristic

So a friend said to me one of his client’s requirements was the system be “futuristic”. Here’s what we built:

A terrible, terrible Eclipse bug

I found a massive bug in Eclipse – it has a copy and paste function. In Eclipse’s defence, Intellij IDEA and Netbeans also exhibit identical broken functionality.

Come back Gavin King, all is forgiven (Spring is the new EJB 2.1)

I’ve just spent the past two days trying to make Spring transaction management work with JPA-annotated Hibernate-backed persistence classes that need to have multiple persistence units with transaction propagation REQUIRES_NEW between the two. For a start, the documentation is merely a series of outlines of brief hints. One measly section.The laughably short Spring 3 doco […]

Stuff that is just plain wrong, part 1,893,567

Weblogic’s a big, vendor-supported, application server right? And it has advanced clustering features, right? So you’d think it’s clustered JMS implementation is one of the best in the business — after all large enterprise systems often require high capacity and reliable clustered messaging, right? And Weblogic is offered as a solution to those sorts of […]

The Ordeal of Installing Oracle Service Bus on a Windows-based developer workstation

This is a genuine installation procedure which I wrote, but you might want to read it for its other values. Overview OSB installation in a development environment consists of a completely separate Weblogic instance and yet another ‘special installation’ of Eclipse. You can’t use existing Eclipse installations. Nor is it recommend to use one of […]

Modern management theory, explained

Oh … now I get it, courtesy of Errol Morris, who made the Oscar winning documentary Fog Of War, among many other excellent films, who explains in this New York Times interview with David Dunning (part 1): DAVID DUNNING: Well, my specialty is decision-making. How well do people make the decisions they have to make […]