Elegant Solutions to Interesting Problems

Occam\’s Razor applied to technology

Wow, it’s been a while…

I haven’t really been posting here much. I’m not sure if I’m going to start again, but here goes nothing.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the last several months about how we use social media. That’s an odd thing coming from a security guy (we’re stereotypically closed mouthed), but there’s a place for openness and communication even in the most tight-lipped security organization.
As a friend of mine recently pointed out (regarding a security & availability issue), a large part of communication is getting ahead of the story. This isn’t about managing “spin,” or some fictional thing like that. I’m talking about the simple fact that if you don’t talk about what’s happening, other people will do it for you. Do you really want that to happen?
So, back to social media we go.


March 7, 2011 Posted by | social media, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

So, what’s all this then?

There’s an old Chinese curse that goes something like this:

“May you live in interesting times.”

Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? The curse part creeps in when you start wondering what their definition of “interesting” is.

A friend of mine once applied this directly to software engineering and technology. He said that he always became worried whenever someone used one of three phrases:

  • You know, I just had a neat idea….
  • Sounds like a fun project
  • Now here’s an interesting problem

Now, I’m a believer in the “Occam’s Razor” of software and technology: “A simple, elegant solution will do a better job than a more complex solution.” That’s what this blog is about: finding those Elegant Solutions that we all need so badly.

August 9, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment