In 1983, my boss, Dale Disharoon, designed a little game called Alphabet Zoo. My job was to write the Commodore 64 and Apple II versions of that game. Alphabet Zoo is a game for kids who are learning … [Read more...] about The Bestselling Software Intended for People Who Couldn’t Use It.
Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is not a computer guy. He's a lawyer. He knows the … [Read more...] about Tyranny of the Innocents, Exhibit A: Gary Cohen
The failure of Healthcare.gov is probably not because of sinister people. It's probably because of the innocents who run the project. These well-intentioned people are truly as naive as little … [Read more...] about Healthcare.gov and the Tyranny of the Innocents
Here is the difference between happiness and satisfaction: Consider this quote is from How Zynga went from social gaming powerhouse to has-been. "During my five-month mark, it started turning sour … [Read more...] about A Satisfying News Story
The short answer is: you never know for sure that a test has ended. Case in point. The license plate on my car is "tester." It looks like this: On December 20th, I received this notice in the … [Read more...] about When Does a Test End?
(CNN) -- Early evidence points to driver error as the reason a 2005 Prius sped into a stone wall on March 9, according to federal investigators. "Information retrieved from the vehicle's onboard … [Read more...] about CNN Believes Whatever Computers Say
I'm not against Toyota, really. I'm against manufacturers who try to weasel out of their responsibilities after they put people at risk with poor design. I do not know if Toyota is guilty of that, … [Read more...] about Toyota Story Analysis
A press release by Toyota recently stated: Toyota’s electronic systems have multiple fail-safe mechanisms to shut off or reduce engine power in the event of a system failure. Extensive testing of this … [Read more...] about Advice to Lawyers Suing Toyota
Richard drove up to the hangar just as I was checking the oil on the Husky, his prized baby float plane. Nuts. He was right on time. I was late. I'm supposed to have the plane ready to go when he … [Read more...] about Tester Pilot
Take a look at the screen shot, below. This is from my first five minutes of playing with Wolfram/Alpha. Do you see what's wrong with it? I'll tell you in a minute... Wolfram/Alpha is the new search … [Read more...] about Nervous About Wolfram