I wonder if this fortune cookie writer got fired

“You and your wife will be happy in your life together.”

from the fortune cookie that my wife had from our Chinese takeout last night.

One would think that Fortune Cookie Writing 101 teaches you to write “spouse” instead of “husband” or “wife”.

Or maybe the joke is on me and my wife is going to leave me for a woman.

Just finished “Software Development for Small Teams: A RUP-Centric Approach”

I just finished this book a couple of nights ago.

It’s a unique book. Whereas most technical books tell you the nuts and bolts of how to use a particular language, library, etc., this book is the story of how a group of folks got together to do a software project in their spare time and what their experiences were. Their project was to develop a Java-based tool that helps programmers do the bookkeeping required for Personal Software Process (PSP), the software development process created by Watts Humphrey of Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute (same guy and group who came up with the Capability Maturity Model (CMM)) .

Each of the team members had a full-time job so this was something they were doing part-time out of their own interest and presumably, because they deemed it would make an interesting story for a book. They knew each other in the past, mostly from working together at Rational, although one guy left the company during the course of the project, so they had to make adjustments in the way that they communicated and interacted.

Being that I’m not a software development process geek (i.e.: I’m into the more practical, nuts and bolts of software development rather than processes like PSP, RUP, XP, Scrum, etc…), a lot of this was a bit dry for me, because a lot of this is about “phases” and “artifacts” like UML diagrams. Also, the toolset that they were using was very different from what I work with on a daily basis (my job is all about UNIX but these guys were using Java on Windows with a few Rational tools like Rational XDE and Rational RequisitePro. They also used a collaborative application called Groove, which sounded somewhat interesting, but it’s Windows-only). But there was enough interesting little tidbits in there that I didn’t give up and I managed to finish the book.

All in all, not a super useful book to me, but if you’re interested in processes like RUP and PSP, then you may really enjoy this.

Two more travel log entries

Two more:

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Lifehacker comments

Cool! I just got an email invitation from Gina@Lifehacker for Lifehacker comments.

I was wondering why I got this out of the blue but then when I visited Lifehacker, I saw that Lifehacker comments was just launched (see the FAQ).

Instead of opening it up to public and having it become a cesspool (mmmm, Slashdot?), they’ve made it invite-only, which sounds like a sound decision to me. Hopefully this will maintain the signal-to-noise-ratio of Lifehacker to their usual high standard (Lifehacker is an unusually useful web site which is why they’ve managed to stay on my blogroll, even after several rounds of purging).

Posted some more of my Italy travel log

I posted a few more entries about Italy from our May/June trip.

Here’s the complete list so far:

Mossberg on the new Yahoo! Mail Beta

From The Wall Street Journal:

The new Yahoo Mail is far superior to Gmail. Yahoo more closely matches the desktop experience most serious email users have come to expect. Gmail, by contrast, is quirky and limited. Its only advantage is its massive free storage, which exceeds what most people will ever need…
Yahoo’s new email program would blow Gmail away if it were widely released today. That’s partly due to its features, but also to its respect for user choice.

I agree, but then I work for Yahoo. Mr. Mossberg doesn’t however.

If you want to sign up to try the new Yahoo! Mail beta yourself, go to: