The Actuator – October 25th

I’m home following a wonderful trip to Austin for THWACKcamp last week. I get to rest for a few days before heading to Seattle for the PASS Summit. If you are attending, stop by the booth! We can talk data or discuss why there wasn’t an autonomous car to drive you from SEATAC.


As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!


Your app is an onion: Why software projects spiral out of control

A must-read for anyone who has tried to build their own homegrown monitoring system and one day realized they had gone from being a SysAdmin to a project manager.


Sorry Microsoft, Delta is switching to iOS

Could we do something about the dot matrix printers used at every gate and the metric ton of paper printed for each flight? Please?


Driverless Cars Made Me Nervous. Then I Tried One.

I drove the family two hours through traffic to visit relatives last weekend. If the cars were in charge it would have taken one hour. I’m ready for the cars to take over because I know they will make far fewer mistakes than human drivers.


Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

This article helps to underscore the advances we have made with AI in the past 20 years. It is also a way for me to remind you why autonomous self-tuning databases will be a reality soon.


Fact Checks

I know what Google is trying to do here, and I want to believe they have good intentions, but who fact checks the fact checkers? The problem with the internet is that you can’t believe anything that you see online. That’s not a new thing, either. Growing up my father would remind me, “Don’t believe what you read and only half of what you see.” I think Google would do best to simply put that into pages instead.


Why GE had to kill its annual performance reviews after more than three decades

This is wonderful news for, well, everyone. You may not realize this, but almost every company follows a performance review system that is a variant of what GE installed decades ago. With this shift by GE, we may finally see real change in the area of corporate professional development for all companies.



Don’t click on this if you have any experience using SSH and have even a mild case of OCD. You will lose hours of your life. (But maybe have your kids check it out and get them some command line experience).


I’m just going to leave this here:


Source: solarwinds GEEK SPEAK


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