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10 Simple Weekend Facts

October 27th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 3 Comments

Terminator - I’ll be baaaack!

10 Simple Facts I have learned during the last weekend

(P.S. I had ’11 Simple Facts’ but I thought rounding will be better)

  1. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do (this is nice)
  2. My Google trends experiment failed miserably (pritney spears scrum’ doesn’t count ;-)
  3. The electric chair was invented by a dentist (I knew it)
  4. 7 out of 10 IT projects “fail” in some respect (3 out of 10 is enough?)
  5. I run 2 km in 10 minutes (*2 world record)
  6. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words (Ironic?)
  7. All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20 (…)
  8. In a study of 200,000 ostriches, over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand…
  9. I tried to contribute to wikipedia during the weekend and my contributions were removed automatically by the Wikipedia bot (/admins) due to spam, self promotion and notability violations??? (a.k.a. ‘criteria for speedy deletion’)
  10. In Chinese the words for crisis and opportunity are the same (Wikipedia, “I’ll be baaaack!”)

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Software Projects Anxiety

October 16th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 4 Comments

Software Projects Experience Anxiety Disorder* The 1st manned landing on Earth’s Moon was the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969 and the last one was Apollo 17 on December 7, 1972
* Current U.S. Vision for Space Exploration calls for a human landing on the Moon no later than 2019

2019-1972=47 (!!!)

Someone wise once gave this as a metaphorical example for a common engineers disorder, he called experience-anxiety-disorder, claiming that NASA stopped sending manned missions to the moon since they now know much more about the complexity and risk with doing this.

During the early seventies, it was a nice, naive working implementation but when NASA engineers started thinking about the next release they have built a five-decades-project-plan simply because they considered all the technological experience they have gained into large complexity buffers.

The Moral Lesson
Keep-it-simple can-do-approach and don’t over-complicate things with the long-tail-little-details when not needed or the project will take 5 decades to finish.

How do you know you are have an experience-anxiety-disorder?
If someone ask you to add a button to change the database schema and this make you feel a mixture of fear, apprehension, heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath and headache.

What to do?
Sit down and relax, drink a cup of water and then add the damn button!

Last Long-Tail-Detail
Well… I don’t want to ruin this lovely moral lesson with the long-tail-little-detail but the real facts behind this 47 years gap were politics and money (as always) and not that NASA engineers got a severe experience-anxiety-disorder.

Google Trends (a.k.a. my experiment – part IV – Almost forgot…)

  • Betty Casey
  • Most Haunted Life
  • Piercing & Tattoos
  • Madonna
  • World War III (…)

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Scrum Clan

October 9th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

Pasha Bitz is a Scrum-LoverOren and I, have decided to form an invite-only Scrum Clan.
We would like to tag Pasha Bitz (snapshot attached) as the 3rd clan member.

Pasha, please choose carefully, you can only tag one Scrum-Lover like yourself to this distinguish clan….

Good Luck!

P.S. The web 2.0 tag was added to this post since it is a genuine-user-generated-content-post especially made for Pasha

Google Trends (a.k.a. my experiment – part III)

  • Clytie Lane
  • Moon Bloodgood
  • Deceptively Delicious
  • Rotten Neighbor
  • Melinda England

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The Alter Google

October 4th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

Just Another Giant Duck*** Experimental Post ***

Unique “foreign” languages support in Google:

Elmer Fudd, Hacker, Klingon!, Pig Latin and Swedish Chef

Google Search Hacks

The most comprehensive Google Hacking Database I have stumble upon is located @ http://johnny.ihackstuff.com/ghdb.php and my personal favorites are:

  • password | passcode | “your password is” filetype:log
  • “phpMyAdmin” “running on” inurl:”main.php”
  • “login: *” “password: *” filetype:xls

Google “Internals”

  • Google robots.txt (Checkout closely this huge list of disallows… ;-) and sitemap.xml
  • A Tribute to google Moms @ http://www.google.com/moms/ (???)
  • Misspellings statistics on Britney Spears @ http://www.google.com/jobs/britney.html (a.k.a. did you look for “pritney spears” :-)
  • “answer to life, the universe, and everything” answer from Google

Google Trends

I have decided to start a little experiment with Google Trends – I will state the 5 hottest google trends in my next posts to see if it gets the searching crowd into my blog… I promise to keep you updated with my findings.
Here it goes:

  • Anna Nicole Smith’s “Death Photo” (did you see it?)
  • LG Verizon Voyager (a.k.a. the iPhone killer)
  • Sputnik Anniversary (50th anniversary!)
  • Cabbit (WTF is Cabbit?)
  • Borscht Belt (Ha?)

Good Luck!

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