Striving for imperfection

Clients complaining of bugs in an application is quite a common scenario, but what about this case from Worse Than Failure where the client wated some “bugs” to be implemented:

All these non-implemented bugs added up to one unhappy customer. In their eyes, the software was far too “unbroken” for them to use. So, after spending a year and a half developing outdated and mediocre software, David’s team put on the final touches: a slew of bugs that made it look and function like the original.

Now that’s what you call software development 🙂

The technical writing process

  1. Ask engineer how the damn thing works.
  2. Deafing silence.
  3. Crickets.
  4. Tumbleweed.
  5. Just start writing something. Anything.
  6. Give this something to the engineer.
  7. Watch engineer become quite upset at how badly you’ve missed the point of everything.
  8. As the engineer berates you, in between insults he will also throw off nuggets of technical information.
  9. Collect these nuggets, as they are the only reliable technical information you will receive.
  10. Try like hell to weave together this information into something enlightening and technically accurate.
  11. Go to step 6.

from CouchDB wiki via Coding Horror

Push starting a train

We have seen people push starting their cars and other vehicles, but trying the same on a train is not what one would expect to hear. However, this is the exact news I came across in today’s paper (link to online article). In this case, the train was left stranded in a neutral zone (with no electricity) when one of the passengers pulled the chain and halted the train. However, to get the train up and running, a few hundred passengers pushed the train about 60 metres to the nearest live point. Now, this is something you don’t hear too often.

404 errors and server complaints

I was going through one of the Geek Trivia articles on TechRepublic on the origin of the 404 – page not found error (which everyone would have encountered at some point of time), and it contained a link to a very interesting and humorous page. The page is something like a page not found error from the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” world, with the server giving you a nice lecture. Wonder what it would be like if we had the server responding in a similar fashion for all the errors that we encounter on the web.

Some new google techs

Google seems to have launched a couple of revolutionary technologies today – one the Gmail paper and the other being Google TiSP (which you’ll find on the main page) – and both are free. Gmail paper is basically a service which allows you to get physical copies of your emails (including photos) delivered to you as regular mail. Google TiSP on the other hand is Google’s new free wireless broadband access service.

And just in case you are wondering how Google’s managing to provide these superb services for free, just take a look at the calendar, and things should become clear ;-).