Another intractable challenge was divided and conquered

Last week a client suffered a major hardware failure on a storage and lost several virtual machines, including one which hosted an application to compute salaries. The failure came exactly a week before pay day. With over 600 sales executives, supervisors and managers expecting their salaries, losing the application on that very moment can’t be taken for less than another proof that Murphy’s Law continues to rule our world.

The software company which built the app didn’t have the resources or knowledge to restore it. So even though I quit working as the salary app architect more than 4 years ago and hadn’t seen them since, they called me desperately asking for help. They wanted me to recover the system on a new server so they could compute the salaries ASAP.

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The omniscient restaurant feasibility test

How hard is it to deliver the food to the customer in time? My business partner and I were pondering on this idea last week. As a customer who orders food, it would be great if the restaurant you are calling knew who you are, what you want and where you reside. It would be even better if the restaurant went one step ahead and, heeding your behavior as one of their regulars, somehow knew you were going to order food. So we let our minds roam free around this ideas for a while and tried to evaluate the feasibility of this… insightful restaurant.

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Beginners: things to keep in mind when producing your first movie

I am currently co-producing a 5-minute short movie for a YouTube channel. Although it seemed simple at first, the project has proven to be very hard and quite longer than expected. Well, I am someone with no real experience on these uncharted waters. What was I thinking? I’m no movie director, I am just a Software Engineer. Which is as helpful to producing a movie as having a house on the beach (i.e., not helpful at all.)

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Of how I wished I was more extroverted

I’ve always thought of myself as rather introverted and laconic. I am definitely terse when it comes to engaging in smalltalk with people I haven’t met beforehand. However, time and again I’ve wished I had more to say on those conversations. I admire those who can engage in conversation with almost strangers in “record time.” I wish I knew how they are able to engage and attract attention, while at the same time not appearing rude. I think I might have a clue after reading a passage of Tolstoi’s “Of War and Peace”.

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