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For a very long time, I've subscribed to various job search sites. Early on, it was because i was looking to actually find a new job. Afterwards, it became a way of keeping in touch with the job market and what skills were in demand.  As a result, I've looked at a huge number of listings for Information Technology jobs. A significant percentage of those say things like "you'll be working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment."

Is it just me, or does anyone else read that phrase as "poorly managed with no emphasis at all on quality?"
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Just too often I see people repair the code to pass the test. Even when that does not break on tests it passed before, it does not always make the code better. I don't think techniques like Test Driven Development are up to the real job.
Neither is predicate logic to prove correctness. But it can be very helpful to get a small portion right, like the loop termination criteria in a binary search.
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Nice. I read the original post from yesterday as 3 hours 14 minutes. Off by a factor of 60.
 
SUSE's Dirk Mueller got a full OpenStack installation up and running, in just 3 minutes and 12 seconds, during +Intel's "Rule The Stack" competition -- Absolutely crushing the competition and claiming the crown.

... And nearly inventing time travel in the process.  Read on for more details.
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The Call for Presentations for SHARE 123 in Pittsburgh is open now. We encourage everyone who might have experience with Linux or z/VM to submit a session proposal sooner rather than later. We're already starting the planning cycle.  #SHAREorg #Linux  
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When I was in Germany last October, a couple of my co-workers took me sightseeing a few places. One of them was Bamberg. They thought I should try one of the local beers, from a brewery named Schlenkerla.  They specialize in a smoke beer. I tried it, and it was... different to say the least. If you've had a smoke beer before and liked it, I would say give it a try, assuming you can find any. It is possibly the most smoky tasting beer you're ever likely to have. If you're not into dark beers, or extremely flavorful beers, stay far, far away from this one. I was able to appreciate it, but I'm not sure I would make a habit of drinking it.
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Is it too early to be saying I'm tired of shoveling snow?
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Yes it is. :-) It's only day 13 of incarceration, er winter.
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Some of the customer experience sessions going on at SUSECon.  The picture is of the (non-working) System z box IBM takes to various technical conferences around the country (world?).
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A draft of a new Redbook is out: "Practical Migration from x86 to Linux on System z." It's nice to see that two SUSE employees are among the authors, Craig Gardner and Berthold Gunreben.

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http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg248217.html
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It looks like Volvo IT knows how to do it right. Instead of complaining about IBM not doing enough to "fix" the shortage of people with mainframe skills, they're training their own. Gee, just like the "old days" when good companies took responsibility for training their own people.
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That's what Nationwide Insurance is doing too!
  (the training part, not the cool video part :-)
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We're working really hard to get things in shape for SLES 12. Lots and lots of big changes are coming.
 
Great article from Enterprise Tech on the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Beta.
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I don't care if it has only been just over 2 weeks of winter. I am tired of the snow. I don't know what it's like in other areas that get snow, but this is what it looks like around my house.
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Hmm. This is only the second instance I know about of a z/OS shop moving mission critical applications to Linux on System z. (There may be more but I haven't heard of them.)

#Linux #Systemz #SUSE  
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And the posting from the BDFL himself. :)
#slackware #linux  
 
And... after a long and fruitful development cycle, Slackware 14.1 stable has been released into the wild. Thanks to the team for the great work (as always), and to everyone else who pitched in to help make this a great release. Go get it! And, feel free to browse http://store.slackware.com/ where you can find the official DVD (and 32-bit CD set) and lots of other cool Slackware products that help us keep the project lights on here. Enjoy!

Looking forward to the next devel cycle...  we live in interesting times, as they say.  :)
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