Monthly Archives: April 2013

The new slum lords

Hey readers, It was a busy weekend as parents moved their kids out of University and College. The streets of Hamilton are littered with the remnants of 8 months of higher learning. Much of the area around McMaster university is … Continue reading

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Buy vs Rent (Will cloud based services really work?)

It never ceases to amaze me how sellers continue to make the same mistakes. I have been involved with product companies for most of my career and the most predominant thing that I have learned about customers is that they … Continue reading

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Humor in the work place (Part Deux)

Here are some more mixed up metphors. You ,ay not believe it, but people actually said these things and I wrote them down. Sometimes they are so mixed up I had to repeat them several times to myself to get … Continue reading

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“Effective Java” : Part 1

I have been writing posts about effective C++ from the book by Scott Meyers but there is a similar book by Joshua Bloch that addresses similar tricks and tips for Java. Many Java designers believe that their language of choice … Continue reading

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Humor in the work place

I recently read an article from David Stein where he talked about having fun and humor in the work place. I think he did a good job of pointing out that making people laugh is important. Sometimes we laugh at … Continue reading

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“Effective C++” : Part 4

With this post I consider the next four tips from Scott Meyer’s book on effective C++. This post brings us to the end of chapter 3 in the book which is dedicated to resource management. Resources in C++ are much … Continue reading

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More on makeing a workplace fun…

I recently toured a game design company here in Ontario and was really impressed with the work environment. Rod hockey tables, Foosball tables, sofas, catered lunches, and a patio with BBQ’s. The head of R&D said that some of the … Continue reading

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“Effective C++” : Part 3

With this post I circle back to the next four tips from Scott Meyer’s book on effective C++. This post brings us to the end of chapter 2 in the book. These next four tips are not as obscure as … Continue reading

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More design patterns

Last week I had a post where I briefly described the history and basis for design patterns and then went on to look at Singletons and Factories. Today lets consider the last two of the¬†Creational patterns, the builder and the … Continue reading

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Travel and business

Some people like to travel and will find ways to travel on the companies dime. Others feel that the only way to truly meet with customers, is face-to-face. I have had to travel on and off for the various positions … Continue reading

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