“ So no, this isn’t helping. This is externalisation of cost. This is shirking of responsibility. This is not using technology the way it should be used, or the way it could be used, but the way that it can be used to inflict maximum possible harm - to provide the illusion of choice without actually enabling better choices. ”

Episode One Hundred and Twenty Six: Solving The Problem

When I was at RedMonk, I had to buy my own health insurance. Yes it’s a stupid nightmare and no one really cares enough to fix it. Good luck storming the castle.

One of my colleagues, Jay Lyman, and I were on the DevOps Cafe podcast a while back. We talk about DevOps from a mainstream perspective, and a bit about how analyst think about it. The episode was “lost” since our original recording, but is now found and published. There’s also some brief shownotes on their site, and the video of our recording if you prefer that over audio only.

(Source: devopscafe.org)

You should spend an average of six hours a week with each employee

From a summary of a study on how much time management should spend with each employee, each week:


Moving from one to six hours weekly contact with the boss increased employee inspiration by 29 percent, but after six hours inspiration actually started to take a hit.

From a study of 30,000 American and Canadian employees, executives and middle managers. The metrics of “good” are things like “inspiration” and NPS. Also, it says you can’t really manage more than seven people. I’ll have to read up more on it.

You should spend an average of six hours a week with each employee

From a summary of a study on how much time management should spend with each employee, each week:

Moving from one to six hours weekly contact with the boss increased employee inspiration by 29 percent, but after six hours inspiration actually started to take a hit.

From a study of 30,000 American and Canadian employees, executives and middle managers. The metrics of “good” are things like “inspiration” and NPS. Also, it says you can’t really manage more than seven people. I’ll have to read up more on it.

Reading up on microservices, and playing with MindMeister

I wanted to test out MindMeister, so I took some notes while I was reading two pieces on microservices yesterday:

Check it out full-browser too.

I used to use mind maps as my primary note-taking tool when I had a free license to MindJet sometime ago, which was delightful. So far, I find MindMeister a little clunky due to be in a web browser (I think?), but it seems OK. It’d be hard to go away from the mixed markdown and rich text stuff I do in Evernote, but we’ll see.

For wider adoption, Chromebooks must unseat the MSFT white collar toolchain

Survey on corporate Chromebook buying

Good assessment of the hurdle for wider Chromebook adoption:

"Every application that businesses use would have to go through that transformation before a Chrome OS device can takeover in the business world," Campbell said.

From trying to use Chromebooks “at work” over the years, I agree: of you’re work is all in on Google Apps and has dumped the Microsoft white-collar toolchain, you’re set. Otherwise, it’s really hard to interoperable with the Exchange, Word docs, etc. And, switching from desktop Excel to Spreadsheets is tough, as are presentations.

The core toolchain of the “enterprise” is Microsoft Office, and Google has to go unseat that if they want to move more Chromebooks.

I looked at corporate Chromebook adoption and buying in a 451 report earlier this year and came to similar marketshare rates.

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