Re: Hardware Upgrade Fund

2001-01-20 Thread Greg McCarroll
* Paul Makepeace ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote: Building reliability is probably your best aim: does it have a UPS? does it have a RAID 1/0 config? Dual PSUs? Tape drive backup policy? Those things are way more important than a faster chip or RAM. your right of course, however all of those

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Rob Partington
In message [EMAIL PROTECTED], Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: [snip] And table football's no fun if you're playing with yourself. Maybe if you kept your hands on the table football...? gdr -- rob partington % [EMAIL PROTECTED] % http://lynx.browser.org/

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
Roger Burton West [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 12:24:24AM +, Piers Cawley wrote: The vision I have is of a team (or teams) working in *our* premises, with customers working with us. (side-rant) The customers _must_ be kept isolated from the developers. This is

Re: Consultancy company was [Job] BOFH wanted was: Re: Red Hat worm discovered

2001-01-20 Thread Redvers Davies
IIRC, Sim City is one of Ken Livingstone's favorites. There can't be the option to revoke all bird feed sellers permits.

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
"Paul Makepeace" [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Y'all might find this excellent piece interesting, http://joel.editthispage.com/stories/storyReader$287 It's down to greed. I worked with a guy who easily filled his 200-odd day working year with 1k+ a day gigs (motivational speaker). But he soon

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Piers Cawley
Roger Burton West [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 12:24:24AM +, Piers Cawley wrote: The vision I have is of a team (or teams) working in *our* premises, with customers working with us. (side-rant) The customers _must_ be kept isolated from the developers. This is

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Roger Burton West
On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 10:28:13AM +, Piers Cawley wrote: One customer. On site. Full time. Absolute honesty. Nice idea if you have customers who can take the truth, and who know when to shut up and let people get on with things. I'd like to see it working, but I haven't yet. R

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Andy Wardley
Agreed - why work in London - what about telecommuters ? I'm *really* unsure about telecommuting. For me, telecommunting is fine for maybe 50% of my week, but unless I'm working on a very singular project (i.e. running in deep hack mode), then I need to have the human company gained from

Extreme Programming (was: Re: Consultancy company)

2001-01-20 Thread David Cantrell
On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 12:24:24AM +, Piers Cawley wrote: Now, I freely admit that I have partaken of the Extreme Programming Kool-Aid, and dammit I want to do it. I want to try it too. I'm not convinced by all of it - pair programming for example - but so much of the other stuff seems

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Robin Szemeti
On Sat, 20 Jan 2001, you wrote: One customer. On site. Full time. Absolute honesty. Get them on your side. The are the people who are *paying* for this, they deserve nothing but your honesty. Tell 'em about any problems and tell 'em early. Tell 'em about successes and tell 'em early. Get

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Leon Brocard
Paul Makepeace sent the following bits through the ether: Y'all might find this excellent piece interesting, http://joel.editthispage.com/stories/storyReader$287 Pretty darn interesting. Fogcreek sounds like a pretty cool place to work. I'd suggest that if we were thinking of doing

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Aaron Trevena
On Fri, 19 Jan 2001, Greg McCarroll wrote: As for working at home, i believe the optimal week is mon,tue in the office, wednesday at home, thu,fri in the office. YMMV however - if you were building a company their are other concerns beyond productivity, the establishment of a

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Robin Szemeti
On Sat, 20 Jan 2001, you wrote: I don't see why you can't have a mix - it would be good to have a core group of people who always (nearl) work in the office so that if you usually work from home but need some face 2 face there will be people there (or in a pub nearby). things like IRC and

Re: Extreme Programming (was: Re: Consultancy company)

2001-01-20 Thread Dean S Wilson
-Original Message- From: Aaron Trevena [EMAIL PROTECTED] I did a little pair programming at emap - I probably wasn't doing it right tho'. even so we did get thru the hard bits quicker and could split up to do the easy stuff. I think it made a difference but then I was mostly being a

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Greg Cope
Piers Cawley wrote: Greg Cope [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: David Cantrell wrote: That should read there's too many distractions at home for me (or you as the case may be). I am about 150% more productive at home - 25 % because I save the journey, and the other 25% due to

Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
Robin Szemeti [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Client has no concept about what software development is like and within a week or two cancels the entire thing 'some of those guys spent a whole week working and half the time couldnt even get it to run, by the end of the week all they'd done was

Re: Extreme Programming (was: Re: Consultancy company)

2001-01-20 Thread Aaron Trevena
On Sat, 20 Jan 2001, Dean S Wilson wrote: How did you establish who would make good pairings? Was it done by trying to place two equals or was it done more on a mentoring level of a very experienced coder and a less experienced one? (I've not read that much on XP) We both were fairly

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
Leon Brocard [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Pretty darn interesting. Fogcreek sounds like a pretty cool place to work. I'd suggest that if we were thinking of doing something similar we'd need to build a product, or concentrate on a product or something like that. Do a MySQL or an AxKit, and get

Re: Extreme Programming (was: Re: Consultancy company)

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
"Dean S Wilson" [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: -Original Message- From: Aaron Trevena [EMAIL PROTECTED] I did a little pair programming at emap - I probably wasn't doing it right tho'. even so we did get thru the hard bits quicker and could split up to do the easy stuff. I think it

Re: Hardware Upgrade Fund

2001-01-20 Thread Michael Stevens
On Fri, Jan 19, 2001 at 11:42:52PM +, Greg McCarroll wrote: * Paul Makepeace ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote: Building reliability is probably your best aim: does it have a UPS? does it have a RAID 1/0 config? Dual PSUs? Tape drive backup policy? Those things are way more important than a

Re: Extreme Programming (was: Re: Consultancy company)

2001-01-20 Thread Leon Brocard
Dave Hodgkinson sent the following bits through the ether: Leon, are you acting as scribe? Yes. Don't expect a masterpiece though. Leon -- Leon Brocard.http://www.astray.com/ yapc::Europehttp://yapc.org/Europe/ ... All new improved

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Dave Hodgkinson
Leon Brocard [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Dave Hodgkinson sent the following bits through the ether: Talk to Gunther. This is what Extropia tried to do. Hey, Gunther was talking about this kind of thing at Apachecon, He had some very good opinions on this. I wish I hadn't been so pissed.

Re: Hardware Upgrade Fund

2001-01-20 Thread Mark Fowler
[1] My first name is actually Christopher, but handily my parents changed [Oddly enough, same here. I'm Chris Paul ... It's an absolute pain in the arse. Note to parents: don't do this.] I know a Andrew Christopher Jackson that's known as Chris. So it's not just Christopher that's

Re: TPC5

2001-01-20 Thread Andrew Bowman
From: "Paul Makepeace" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Where you'll be consulting for a munitions firm? :-) Nah, I don't know enough about encryption ;-) But then again, ignorance doesn't seem to be an obstacle to most lobbyists or salesmen! Reminds me of ye olde joke: Q. What's the difference between a

Re: TPC5

2001-01-20 Thread Andrew Bowman
From: "Nathan Torkington" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Timing in London is hard, because there aren't very many hotels capable of supporting such an event. It's quite amazing to us, in fact, how difficult it has been to find a place to hold it in London. What sort of numbers are we talking about then?

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Paul Makepeace
From: "Robin Houston" [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.arsdigita.com/asj/managing-software-engineers/ I particularly liked: "Your business success will depend on the extent to which programmers essentially live at your office. For this to be a common choice, your office had better be nicer than

Re: ArsDigita working practices (was: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- )

2001-01-20 Thread Chris Benson
On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 09:04:24PM +, Robin Houston wrote: On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 08:01:51PM +, Chris Benson wrote: Another link is http://www.arsdigita.com/careers/ They seem to be a very good model for a consultancy business Personally I wouldn't like to work

Re: Big Macs v The Naked Chef -- pitfalls of scaling consultancies

2001-01-20 Thread Robin Szemeti
On Sat, 20 Jan 2001, you wrote: On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 08:01:51PM +, Chris Benson wrote: Another link is http://www.arsdigita.com/careers/ They seem to be a very good model for a consultancy business Personally I wouldn't like to work anywhere that thinks like this:

Re: TPC5

2001-01-20 Thread David H. Adler
On Sat, Jan 20, 2001 at 11:28:06PM -, Andrew Bowman wrote: From: "Nathan Torkington" [EMAIL PROTECTED] Timing in London is hard, because there aren't very many hotels capable of supporting such an event. It's quite amazing to us, in fact, how difficult it has been to find a place to

Re: TPC5

2001-01-20 Thread Redvers Davies
Timing in London is hard, because there aren't very many hotels capable of supporting such an event. It's quite amazing to us, in fact, how difficult it has been to find a place to hold it in London. One of the hotels in London I have had dealings with has conference facilities and over 2000