Microsoft Technical Architecture Breakfast

Went to the Microsoft Technical Architecture seminar at the very early 8.00 am this morning. Glenn Smyth the Enterprise Architect from Adelaide Bank spoke about “An Enterprise Architecture Framework to support SOA incorporating MSBA”.

It was an interesting session and Glenn shared some of his key learnings from his previous role at the Australian Taxation Office (including that the ATO likes to refer to us taxpayers as clients – as if we have a choice).

Some of the key stuff for me was:

*How to avoid building services wrong
*How to avoid building the wrong services
*How to know where the process boundary ends and the service boundary begins? What is the right granularity for services?

His idea of service boundaries and use of business capability modelling (a bit like old fashioned functional decompositions on steroids) but was a useful takeway.
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Is The Web 2.0 World is Skunk Drunk on Its Own Kool-Aid?

Steve Rubel over at Micropersuasion is arguing that the Web 2.0 World is Skunk Drunk on Its Own Kool-Aid.

His evidence includes:

  • No one’s casting a cynical eye anymore.
  • No one’s looking at valuations and reality
  • The endless dot-com parties are back.
  • So are the countless trade shows/conferences that regurgitate the same “new paradigms” the last 10 events did – with no end in sight.
  • And yes, the ridiculous BS press releases are flying into my Gmail box.

Steve might just have a point. I’ve discussed this with a few friends recently and they’ve pointed out that ‘real’ money is being made this time around. I’m still not convinced – does that make a cynic (or as my mate Ian would term it, a realist)?

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3D Maps inside buildings

Below an item from CNET news about a 3D internal mapping product about to launch. This is very cool stuff and the future remains interesting …

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“October 28, 2007 9:01 PM PDT

The online mapping stuff just keeps getting better.

A company called EveryScape is launching on Monday a three-dimensional local search site that lets people “drive” down streets and even “walk” into buildings.

If you thought Google’s Street View was cool, wait until you see how you can ski down the slopes in Aspen, Colorado, or whiz over taxicabs and pedestrians through the streets of New York, Boston, and Miami. The inside views of buildings are only available in Miami and Aspen right now.

The visuals are stunning as you fly through the front doors of hotels, bars, and other buildings and turn around for a 360-degree view. It reminds me of a video game or a virtual reality environment, only everything here is real. …”

read the rest here

Article: The Intelligence Community: 2001-2015

This article issued by the CIA gives an interesting insight into some of the broader issues that face the world over the next few years.

The Intelligence Community: 2001-2015


Daunting Challenges, Hard Decisions

The Intelligence Community: 2001-2015

Aris A Pappas and James M. Simon, Jr.

Editor’s Note: The authors intend this article to provoke a broad discussion of the role of intelligence in a constitutional republic during an era of accelerating change and terrible new dangers. The effort was inspired by workshops held under the auspices of the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management, where government, private sector, and academic experts reviewed the challenges facing the Intelligence Community between now and 2015. Participants were guided by the National Intelligence Council’s “Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About The Future, With Non-governmental Experts.”

Full article …

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Of recent times I have been obsessed with the cooking and eating of jambalaya – in this case a Louisiana Creole inspired dish. I got this basic recipe from here, and I’ve been trying out variations for a few months now. I love the internet, otherwise it would still be meat and three vegetables for most of us.

Cajun Shrimp Jambalaya

1 lb medium Shrimp, deveined and peeled
2 lbs Sausage, cut 1/4 inch thick
3 Tbsp Salt
1 lb Chicken, boneless
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 large Onions
3 Bay Leaves
1 Bell Pepper
6 oz Tomato Paste
4 cloves Garlic
5 cups Water
3 cups raw Rice

Sauté sausage, chicken, onions, bell pepper and garlic until sausage and chicken are browned. Add the water, salt, cayenne, bay leaf and tomato paste. Bring to a boil with the lid on. When water boils add the shrimp and the raw rice. Stir and lower fire. Let rice simmer, stirring every five minutes until rice is cooked. This simple jambalaya recipe makes enough for 6 to 8 servings.

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Mac horror moment

The other day I saw a side of my Macbook that I was never supposed to see. The horror of it!

I was helping out with some cross browser testing for a new website we’re about to launch at work & for some reason the IT department needed me to edit my hosts file instead of just fixing the firewall (I still don’t understand what all this was about?).

Anyway it meant that I had to open up a terminal window and use the command line vi editor. Shades of my misspent youth – I used to be a unix sysadmin in my youth. BUT I was never supposed to touch the innards of my lovely little Macbook. I was only ever supposed to use the GUI with a mouse.

This experience was so wrong on so many levels. I feel violated! It is still emotionally draining to even think about it.

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