I am a seasoned software designer, developer and consultant. In business since 1998. Having worked for many years in public and private sectors in different countries, I have gained deep understanding of various approaches to software development processes. Exposure to multiple cultures, work with demanding clients in fast paced environments developed my communication and business skills. My approach is result-oriented, constructive and pragmatic.
An article claims, that the property market in the United States will collapse any moment, since many home owners cannot make necessary mortgage payments.
Another one also discusses a problem with payments - this time describing a particular controversial mortgage product, still quite popular in the US, which the article claims was wrongly sold to many people who didn't understand the risks involved.
According to an article in The Economist, London attracts more capital and hedge fund managers each year. Mayfair starts to threaten NY's dominance as the hedge fund capital of the world. Higher profitability as well as better regulation are quoted as the reasons behind the change. An interesting quote:
I have recently registered with Google apps for your domain. I was surprised with the speed by which they processed my application and gave me a go ahead.
So now I can create e-mail users in my own domain and have a full-fledged web interface - and all for free! Addresses are something like firstname.lastname@example.org or any number of other e-mail addresses I can think about - for any purpose, including spam filtering and mail sorting.
All you Windows developers - there is an alternative to Regsvr32.exe - Reggie. I haven't used it yet, but it looks quite promising. You need it if you experience problems registering your COM+ DLLs or typelibs, and don't have a clue what is the cause. Reggie is more informative, and even provides a shell return code, so it
Microsoft is developing a command line environment, which they call PowerShell. I read some negative feedback, but it looks rather interesting and powerful. The main difference from traditional Unix approach is that the commands do not communicate via standard input/output channels, but rather export and consume objects with properties. These properties can be queried and eventually actioned upon.
I really like Drupal - the open source community and blogging software. But their alphabetic sorting drives me nuts - is it so complicated to create proper manual ordering? They have something called "weights", which can be assigned to items in a list, but this is really not convenient, especially when lists change frequently or are long.
The tool would automatically visit every link on every page and would try to click every button and so on. The tool should be configurable via some sort of script language. In the end the human user would be presented with a report.
As I wrote in a recent entry, the troubled PC maker Dell was facing more problems with their explosive laptop batteries. Now it is revealed, that the faulty equipment was provided by Sony, which now faces problems as well.
My site exports Google Sitemap, using a module for Drupal. I find it quite amazing, that every time I add content, Google actually go and download the sitemap and then the new content! I guess it is still not very popular, so they can afford to devote quite a lot of resources for individual updates of sites with low rank.