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SAP sued over typical IT bullcrap (thanks Obie)

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Obie Fernandez, who gave a really insightful presentation recently at acts_as_conference, has commented on the news that SAP is being sued for $100m for lying about their product as they attempted to sell a massive software system to Waste Management. Having worked in IT for a decade, and having read every bit of published material I could get my hands on for a good decade before that, I must admit this is not in the least bit surprising. I've seen first-hand how working with large companies, that follow the waterfall development method, turns into lies upon lies upon lies, very often leaving the client shafted. A recent experience saw the software developer write the specifications for the client, with the agreement stating that they only had to work to specifications, and it wasn't until a new staff member was brought on was this loophole realized. It is for this reason that I've followed the agile development methodology (and more recently scrum and getting real) that involves the client at all stages, rather than just at the beginning, and has proven to be a great success.

Trying out ZigVersion

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For the past two years I've been using SmartSVN as my graphical subversion tool of choice on OSX, mainly because it seemed more feature rich and stable than the others. On the MacPro with 3gig of RAM I used to have at work it was great, I didn't notice the bloat associated with its Java foundation, but on my current 1.33ghz PowerBook with only 1.2gb of RAM the bloat really is noticeable - it can take easily use more virtual memory than anything else running (about 700mb is typical), and take longer to become active again when swapping between apps. So after a quick look at similar tools again I've decided to try out ZigVersion, a native C application which makes it much faster. While the workflow is definitely different, it seems pretty good so far, though it's early days yet. I'll let you know how it goes.

I hate spam

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Just a little note to say that I hate email spam. I really do. I get about 190 of them per day, which all have to be verified as spam as my filters occasionally block something that isn't spam, maybe two or three per week. So as a result of the economics of spam (the numbers haven't changed much in six years), I have to check about 1300 message per week to ensure that I don't miss anything important. Also, this number will continue to increase year upon year, so by this time next year it'll probably be 250 or more. Just thought I'd mention it.

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