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IT is full of bluffers. Thoughts from our resident bluffer.

You aren’t gonna need it

You aren’t gonna need it

Alastair Aitken March 19, 2013 0

In the early weeks of my first real software development job for a proper software house, I was handed the remit to develop an address book application that looked like a real-life address book.

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Why should women bother with IT?

Why should women bother with IT?

Alastair Aitken March 11, 2013 0

The percentage of women in IT is low and falling. The few female software developers that I’ve worked with have been either incredibly thick-skinned and/or so good at their job that everything they do is

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Not invented here

Not invented here

Alastair Aitken March 4, 2013 0

Let’s postulate a theory that with greater bias within an organisation towards knowledge and education there appears an inverse correlation to the incidence of the not invented here philosophy. Ergo, some purely anecdotal evidence. A number

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If you must couple, couple loosely

If you must couple, couple loosely

Alastair Aitken February 25, 2013 0

An up-and-coming customer relationship management (CRM) company wanted to put their system into our organisation; this was to represent quite a coup for them and would show the rest of the industry that they

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The fringe benefits of proprietary software

The fringe benefits of proprietary software

Alastair Aitken February 18, 2013 0

Working on a greenfield project is often seen as one of the most exciting challenges in IT but being dropped into an already running project in pre-launch has its own particular excitement and challenges:

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Open source, closed minds

Open source, closed minds

Alastair Aitken February 11, 2013 0

In a previous role I was forced, by necessity, to use an open source IDE to develop Microsoft C# code. Although the organisation I worked for had a site-wide licence for all of Microsoft’s

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Over-specification, built-in obsolescence and Pivot tables

Over-specification, built-in obsolescence and Pivot tables

Alastair Aitken February 5, 2013 0

Last Friday I was party to a conversation about possible upgrade paths for a colleague’s PC. After several days on the end of support calls with a well-known anti-virus software producer a problem had

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Banging a nail into the Apple coffin

Banging a nail into the Apple coffin

Alastair Aitken February 4, 2013 0

In 2006 I took the plunge and bought an Apple Mac Mini. I felt very self-righteous. Here were my first real steps away from the Microsoft eco-system. Sure I’d switched to developing software in

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