Category Archives: From the Yellow Notepad

Bon Mots – Part 1

It’s time to share some of the French words that were new to me. If you speak or read French, maybe they’ll be useful to you, too. And if I have missed something subtle in their meaning, let me know. … Continue reading

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The Checklist Manifesto

How can you prevent mistakes? Some mistakes have extraordinary costs: airplane crashes, surgical infections, building collapses, nuclear power-plant explosions. Even the mistakes that don’t kill people — like software defects and leaky roofs — can slow you down by adding … Continue reading

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Implementing Lean Software Development – Part 1

At midday yesterday my carpool buddy and I looked at the weather map, saw a scary blob of impending frozen doom, and decided to heed the Governor’s advice to go home. But the snow that was forecast — the blizzard … Continue reading

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What’s the Right HbA1c Target?

In my most recent post I mentioned the matter of an on-going debate over the proper target for HbA1c values. I went back and listened again to the debate at this year’s EASD conference on the “right” A1c target. (You … Continue reading

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Afternoon (basal) delight

This post is inspired by Anna in Montréal, who is adjusting her basal rates. A Side-effect of Exercise I have a bike. This shouldn’t be a big surprise, as I’ve written about my border-to-border and Quabbin Reservoir rides recently. I … Continue reading

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AMD performance counters

Here’s a little reminder for myself and for anyone on the web who’s searching for information about AMD Athlon and/or Opteron performance counters. AMD Performance counter resources: Doc #26094, Chapter 10 (very detailed!) Doc #22007, Appendix D (part of the … Continue reading

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Surveying Quality in Object-Oriented Design

Just a short post informing you about a survey paper I wrote for my object-oriented (OO) design class: Surveying Quality in Object-Oriented Design. In it, I look at the major books and articles concerning best practices for OO design. If … Continue reading

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Announcing a Series on Design Patterns

The first week of my final semester of grad school is in the bag. This go-round is all about software design, both low-level (“RSEG 109: Object-Oriented Design“) and high-level (“RSEG 290: Special Topics: Design Patterns”). When you add in the … Continue reading

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From the Yellow Notepad: Project Management

As promised before, here are some more notes from the classes that I’ve taken as part of my soon-to-be-completed Master of Software Engineering degree. This time: (software) project management. Most of this information comes from Effective Project Management by Robert … Continue reading

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From the Yellow Notepad: C

Here are a few notes from the yellow notepad I’ve been using for school over the last six months. This first installment touches on C. Later I’ll add some UNIX programming and C++ notes. Basically these are the things that … Continue reading

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Dr. Color’s Assistant goes back to his notes

It’s Friday here at The Metrowest Homeopathic Imaging and File Rehabilitation Center, the day when I usually spend part of my time on 20% projects. [1] But I’ve basically been working on the results of my last such project full … Continue reading

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Class-time purgatory

There are two things you should know about me: I am not a good person, and I hate being bored or having my time wasted. Those two things combined pretty much say everything you might need to know about me, … Continue reading

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Professional Software Development

Going through some old e-mail at work, I found this review of Steve McConnell’s book Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers that I wrote for my group a couple years ago. It changed … Continue reading

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