Monday, July 30, 2007

Why do some business software fail?

Some business software fail because the tech guy fails to understand the business needs. So we have software that runs but does not work. On the other end of the scale, business people keep pushing to cut corners. So we now have a business software that is perceived to work, but it actually does not run properly. I think we all know about this classic tug of war. However I am thinking maybe business software fail because people do not care. In the software business people move from one place to another in just a few months or years. The life of the software is longer than the average tenure of a business or tech staff. I see people only caring about their current deliverable, or what will make him more to his/her next job.

In a way having a open source base may help (not the silver bullet) in getting the software to live beyond the people who handles it. However its not possible to open source all software, and a more important consideration is open sourcing will not guarantee a community will evolve around it. Until then those people who cares about software that works will have to work with those people who just cares for the bucks. Sadly there are more people who is in it for the buck, which also makes it hard to make software that works.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Eclipse Crash

I had one of those bad eclipse crash, I am glad someone had a similar problem. I just deleted the files:


I got the tip here

Long live vim and emacs!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty on HP nx8220

I decided to install Ubuntu on my nx8220 and remove Fedora, after being happy with Feisty on the dv6000. Well its linux, so I have to do the pain of setting it up since its a clean install.

- first issue, reboot does not work. I dug my old kernel param, I need to add the following on the kernel startup option "reboot=b"
- add Trevino's ubuntu repo for the suspend2 patched kernel
- add automatix2, and copy the files on /var/cache/apt from my dv6000

It now looks to be running pretty good.