Monthly Archives: October 2014

The worst that could happen (part 5) – The (not-so) Portable HDD

Joe and the (not-so) portable Hard Drive My first day on the job, I was told to start fixing all of these broken programs. This was no surprise. During the interview, I was warned about how bad things were and … Continue reading

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The worst that could happen (part 4) – The President’s Firewall

Working for a growing company in small metropolis has its ups and downs. If your company has the right people, the company can grow pretty rapidly and you can pick up some nice customers, simply based on your reputation and … Continue reading

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The worst that could happen (part 3) – Oracle and The Blob

Oracle and The BLOB It was the biggest project of my career: A Y2k project. Tens of thousands of people would rely on this system to do their work each day. It had to be perfect and it had to … Continue reading

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The worst that could happen (part 2) – NT4 SP2

My second job, after college, was a big step-up for me. I was working on dotcom projects with a hot new company in the mid 90’s. I was working with the cutting-edge of technology. Some of my work was bleeding-edge … Continue reading

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The worst that could happen (part 1) – UPDATE WHERE

UPDATE WHERE It was an ordinary day of consulting. We were at the customer’s site, installing an update to a program that we made. I was in the process of handing-over my project to my protégé. As I walked him … Continue reading

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What’s the worst that could happen?

This is a classic question that haunts every IT person: What is the worst that could happen? Hopefully, it is not being uttered by an administrator (or developer), as he is making changes to your server. Otherwise, you will want … Continue reading

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When you say documentation (part 2)

This is part-2 of my saga about the quest for the meaning of “documentation”. It began (in part 1), when I fixed/upgraded/overhauled a legacy system with bad stability problems. The systems were now stable. It was no-longer necessary to regularly … Continue reading

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