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You have a reputation throughout the organization as a careful person, bordering on penny-pinching. The way you’d put it is, you are loath to pay...

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What’s Different About Indonesia and Malaysia?

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

Coders are insanely expensive, and projects that start with uncomfortably large budgets have an ugly tendency to grow from there. You need to understand where...

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Fighting Fire with Fire-Breathing Dragons

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

The CTO was fired six months ago. That CTO has three kids in college and a mustache. It was a bad exit. The man in...

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Book Sales

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

Those are all terms you’ve heard. You’ve read the first parts of the Wikipedia pages and a book on software project estimation. It made some...

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The first time I went into the shelter, I was scared to death. All those bunk beds, all those people. I was like, Shit. I...

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Does the Safety Pin actually make us feel safer?

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

This time you stop yourself. You don’t want your inquiry to be met by a patronizing sigh of impatience or another explanation about ship dates,...

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An Overly Close Reading of the 90s Television Series Martin

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

Next year, you’ll burn a little under a barrel of cash on Oracle. One barrel isn’t that bad. But it’s never one barrel. Is this...

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The 10 Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

In some mysterious way, he outranks you. Not within the company, not in restaurant reservations, not around lawyers. Still: He strokes his short beard; his...

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The Family That Plays Cribbage Together

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

There are lots of other neighborhoods, too: There are people who write code for embedded computers smaller than your thumb. There are people who write...

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Does the Safety Pin actually make us feel safer?

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

This time you stop yourself. You don’t want your inquiry to be met by a patronizing sigh of impatience or another explanation about ship dates,...

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3rd Rock From The Sun Is Underappreciated

July 1, 2016 . by Keith Urban

At this stage in the meeting, you like to look supplicants in the eye and say, OK, you’ve given me a date and a budget....

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