Are you a great tech manager? It’s that time of year again, and I have been exposed to a few articles that suggest there are a bunch of questions you can answer which can judge your performance as a manager. A lot of them are binary questions which elide the issue; in the real world is it’s a little more nuanced than that.
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Finding the right tool and language that allows you to express yourself in code isn’t an easy thing. There have been multiple tools and frameworks developed because the existing ones weren’t productive, even computer languages created for the same reason. For me though, learning to type is one of the things that allows me to be productive regardless of the tool or language. Once you’ve learnt the syntax of the language; you still have to transcribe your thinking into the language, and into the computer.
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We’re in the middle of doing an upgrade of our systest HPCC instances to 6.4.2 so I thought it would be a good time to upgrade my local HPCC virtual machine instance to HPCC 6.4.2 + Hyper-V. This time I converted the image using qemu-img. Sadly though I couldn’t use dfuplus to spray files in. It complains about
Failed: No Drop Zone on 'xxx' configured at '/path/to/file'. When I tried to despray files using dfuplus you get a different message
Dropzone not found for network address x.x.x.x..
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In any large organisation there is going to be friction between various competing dynamics; one of which is whether to decentralise certain functions or to centralise them. Sometimes it makes sense to centralise, sometimes it doesn’t. The desire for centralised control is massive, but it’s often better to let things happen organically as they need to.
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Recently we purchased a watch; a purple affair with butterflies to be exact. Didn’t cost much, and we expected it to be perfectly functional until the battery ran out. As it turns out, after a day, we found out that if you press the dial knob in, the watch stops. It was a reputable high street retailer so you’d think the situation would have been quite easy to rectify.
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