Author: seasoned_geek

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.

Grade 8 Bolt Syndrome

No matter how long you work in this industry, you will never cease to be amazed at the Grade 8 Bolt Syndrome. What is this syndrome you ask? It is the ability of management to view everything a company spends money on as Grade 8 bolts. Every vendor’s product is considered the same, and therefore, non-unique. Then they try to shove all of these “similar” vendors into a vendor management system where the lowest bid automatically wins. Each and every proponent of this system is brain dead. There is no other excuse. They don’t watch the news and they don’t read any magazine articles about the tragedy surrounding them. Those rose colored glasses are firmly in place because only “…

Why I Don’t Show Books at Library Fairs Anymore

It appears to be that time of the year. Emails and cold calls from people looking to show your books for a fee at various library book fairs. There was a time during the beginning of my authoring days where I bought into that scam. I sent copies of books and money to display them at shows all over the country. What you will find is that nobody attending the library book fairs has any intention of ordering books for their library(ies). They are there to get free stuff. Namely, as many free books as they can walk out of there with besides free food (if there is any). The stories told to each of the display services attending is…

Vista The Thud Heard ’round the World

It has been some time now since MS turned Vista loose upon innocents to reek havoc. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with says this is the worst MS OS ever. It is not surprising you see various corporations and government agencies (most notably the DOT as reported in Information Week) ban upgrading to it. We should not be surprised about the sorry state of this OS. This was an off-shored product. Even if various entities hadn’t been telling everyone that 60-80% of the code was written in India, the delivery schedule and quality would. Two years late, and it still doesn’t work. That is pretty much par for off-shore development. The benefactors of this great debacle have been both MAC and…

Cop Stories

With all of the holiday driving coming up, conversations at my current client site naturally turned toward cop stories. This reminded me of two stories from nearly two decades ago, so I thought I would write them down. Cop Story #1 I worked with a really strange consultant who told me this story. His sister was driving on 294 one morning only to find herself selected for driving instruction. I never met this woman, but if she looked anything like him she was as ugly as a three car wreck. She got all flustered and hyper when the cop came up to talk with her. In a high speed conversation which nearly had to be played back in slow motion…

Disposable Management

In the days of old, in order to get into upper management you had to start off at the bottom of the company and work your way up to the top. Companies hired individuals straight out of high school (sometimes before they graduated) and started them off at the bottom. For companies with large office buildings, this was usually in the mail room. When the company was construction or heavy manufacturing it was which ever job was deemed the dirtiest and most disgusting. There was a philosophy and a wisdom to this methodology. Nobody wanted to stay at the bottom. They would try and work their way up. The wisdom was even brighter when it came to the most disgusting…