Wednesday, July 23, 2003

I'm the one you love to hate
I used to despise those guys and gals who would hand me a list full of “bugs” concerning a new section or web app I was working on. Worse, those “bugs” were often cosmetic. “Move this image a little more to the left.” “This text shouldn't wrap here.” “Put back the line that's in the spec.” “Blah, blah, blah...” Well guess what I've been doing for the last month on one of my projects? Yep, I'm the guy that people despise. I'm pointing out all the little things that need to be tidied up before we demo the new app. And, yes, I'm getting the groans of frustration that I know all too well what they mean. At least I provide pretty good specs and screens to go off of. All my requests have been to have the screens look exactly like the screens show. Oh the joy of being the nitpicky pest!
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Most understated and obvious headline award goes to...
ZDNet: Oracle-PeopleSoft: a hostile situation

You think?
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Oracle is unbreakable...kind of
ComputerWorld: Orbitz LLC, the airline-owned travel Web site, suffered an outage yesterday related to an Oracle database on which Orbitz operates the site, according to a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based company.

Who knows what happened with Orbitz, but I always thought it was an unwise move on Oracle's part to tout their database as “unbreakable.” Bugs happen, things break.

While I'm on Oracle, I thought I would mention that their Collaboration Suite looks compelling at $60 a user for all the features they claim to offer. Of course, you're going to have to lay down some serious cash for the “unbreakable” part of the equation — 9i Database and App Server software.
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The Colonel