Fun work anecdotes and common sense for life in software development:
On meetings, by Richard Bartle
I remember hearing of a study once, which found that even though people particularly waited for TV weather forecasts and watched them all the way through, if you asked them immediately afterwards what the weather was going to be the majority were completely unable to tell you.
Well, today we had a staff meeting at the university that went on for three and a half hours, and I have no idea what was said. I don’t think I signed up to buy a timeshare property in Spain or anything, but I can’t say for certain. It’s how I imagine stasis to be in science fiction stories: you walk into the stasis field, then you walk out, and three and a half hours have elapsed in an instant.
Hmm, I think there might have been coffee.
On the rules of software development, by All Geek to Me (aka BritInLA)
I have some advice to give to would be programmers
Just because your program compiled does not mean that it will work
Running your program once and encountering no errors is not the same as testing it thoroughly
Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live
Just because a command exists in your language of choice does not mean that you are required to use it.
New does not always mean better
And finally, when shopping with some gal friends this weekend (no, not for shoes!), we saw the perfect sign for my office …