Dijkstra et. al. on software development

In "Why is software so expensive?", Dijkstra wrote:

To the economic question "Why is software so expensive?" the equally economic answer
could be "Because it is tried with cheap labour." Why is it tried that way? Because its
intrinsic difficulties are widely and grossly underestimated.
He said many more good things in that paper.

A similar comment was made on SlashDot yesterday:

The truth is that no one really knows how to do [software development] right.
That is why the methodologies switch around every few years.  — "110010001000"

"Free at last..."

I joined Scientific Atlanta full time in June, 1999 after nine months or so as a contractor. Scientific Atlanta was sold to Cisco in 2005 who later sold a part of the business to Technicolor in 2015. Today was my last day at Technicolor. On Monday, I start as director of software engineering at a local startup.


Management wants soft requirements and hard dates.
Engineering wants hard requirements and soft dates.
  — wrf3
It took me far too long to realize this.

2016 Reading List

1Gentleman Jole and the Red QueenLois McMaster Bujold
2Coffee, Tea, or Me?Donald Bain
3A Wild Sheep ChaseHaruki Murakami
4On the Existence of GodsSaltarelli & Day
5DuneFrank Herbert
6DisruptedDan Lyons
7The History of the ChurchEusebius of Caesarea
8Logicomix: An Epic Search For TruthDoxiadis & Papadimitriou
9Dialogs Concerning Natural ReligionDavid Hume
10The Princess DiaristCarrie Fisher
11MASHRichard Hooker

Just a horrible year for books. I started too many books that I just couldn't finish, mostly because they were badly written. The worst of the bunch was "Jesus Outside the Lines". An utter waste of time and money.

The Fountain of Youth

Through a most incredible set of circumstances,
likely never to be repeated,
I found the Fountain of Youth.

I’ve always thought that my 61 year old mind,
with my 25 year old body,
would be an unbeatable combination.

But the fountain was actually less of a spring,
and more of a drop.
There was only enough of the life changing
water for one.

And I couldn't leave you behind.

So I picked up my cane and came home.