Tag: IT

This week on The Learning Curve, Cara and Gerard interview Gurcharan Das, author, public intellectual, and former CEO of Procter & Gamble India. Mr. Das gives a short history of the rise of India since independence in 1947 to become a thriving, incredibly diverse nation of 1.4 billion people—the world’s largest free-market democracy. He explains how the economic reforms of 1991 removed the restraints of a centralized, bureaucratic state, helping drive the economic dynamism of an IT and knowledge economy that has helped 415 million people escape poverty over the last 20 years. India’s remarkable story, Mr. Das notes, is showing the world an alternative to the Chinese model of autocratic, centralized control.

Stories of the Week

GrapheneOS — Privacy OS for your Google Phone


GrapheneOS is an operating system for your Google Pixel phone which has been thoroughly de-Googled by people who also analyze each new release of the Pixel for shifty hardware.  That’s why it’s only available for Google-manufactured phones.  That’s why I bought one — to run GrapheneOS.  My current iPhone is “secure” in the way that only a government could love — Just turning the damned thing on requires an Apple account.  Apple may (or may not) be better at protecting your privacy from external snoops, but this just means that Apple can charge a higher price for information derived from your use of their hardware — if you are an Apple user, they have a monopoly on you.

So Google is the Devil and Apple runs its own private Hell — what’s a privacy-minded individual to do?  That’s where this GrapheneOS thing comes in.  Android is just Linux (here we go again!) customized for a phone platform, which means that it isn’t quite proprietary to Google — they are required to publish the core system, although their applications are not necessarily included in that deal.  SWEET!  I don’t want your damned apps anyway, and would rather not even have them on my phone.

Order or Agility, or Both?


I work in Information Technology at a large company. We, like many companies around the world, are aggressively adopting Agile techniques to build and support software applications within the company. The basic principles of Agile are outlined in The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, developed in 2001 by a group of software developers who had been practicing the techniques for many years. Agile and Agile Transformation is one of the hottest management transformation fads right now (think back to Business Process Re-engineering or Strategic Sourcing which were the big ones in the 1990s).

This being a fad, the term “Agile” gets used to mean many things. There are many methodologies with their owners and proponents. These include Scrum, Extreme Programming, Kanban, SAFE, LeSS, etc. I will try to explain what I understand Agile to be in principle and stay away from the specifics of the various methodologies.

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Five Things Your IT Guy Wants You to Know


shutterstock_2581956531. You aren’t an auto-mechanic, either…

… but you know how to drive your car. That’s why we call you “users”: because you use the computer and that doesn’t mean you have to be a computer expert. Some things you should know how to do: find an application that isn’t on your desktop, create a shortcut, know the difference between copying files and moving files, clear jammed paper from a printer. It isn’t our job to teach you to use Excel. If you don’t know how vlookup works, consult Google. We don’t use excel, except once a year to calculate 1.5% of $21.

2. There’s nothing you can break…

Breaking: Our Government Is Incompetent


shutterstock_163871150Gee, I’m glad these folks now run our health care:

Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.

The hack was the second major intrusion of the agency by China in less than a year.