Company Culture

In this article, Rands describes the building of a company culture in getting a software product to 1.0. Company culture has become a topic of interest to me lately. In taking a new job in a place with a very different mindset, I want to better understand my component in this machine.

Thoughts in my head:

  • Change is good and bad. Depending on whether you pick a good or bad or ambivalent route you get different results.
  • Adapt or die.
  • Personal preference colors choice.

Rands In Repose: 1.0

In thinking about the difficulties of 1.0, I realized that Maslow’s [Hierarchy of Needs] model fundamentally applied to shipping the first version of a product. There’s a hierarchy that defines what you need to build in order to ship 1.0 and it sort’f looks like this.

A Penny for Your Thoughts, and 1.4 Cents for the Penny

This is a great story. The slowness the U.S. Mint is reacting to change is costing them. More than just the cost of the metals go into making pennies, so we could easily be close to 2 cents to produce a single penny. However, the U. S. Mint doesn’t exactly sell the money it makes, so why is it important the cost of making a penny is less than the penny itself?

The sales tax bit seemed to imply it would better not to have them or to have them round to the nearest nickel. Was I reading too much into that?

A Penny for Your Thoughts, and 1.4 Cents for the Penny – New York Times

WHAT happens if a penny is worth more than 1 cent?

That is an issue the United States Mint could soon face if the price of metals keeps rising. Already it costs the mint well more than a cent to make a penny.

This week the cost of the metals in a penny rose above 0.8 cents, more than twice the value of last fall. Because the government spends at least another six-tenths of a cent — above and beyond the cost of the metal — to make each penny, it will lose nearly half a cent on each new one it mints.

The real problem could come if metals prices rise so high that it would be economical to melt down pennies for the metals they contain.

Google, You Suck

One of the fun things about Google is they change the logo at their search page (and the smaller one for the results) whenever there  is something special about that particular day. Christmas and Easter are pretty obvious. However, they get things like the Olympics, election days, and other things one might know. On rare occasion I have no idea what they are signifying.

So… Today is Shakespeare’s birthday. Why nothing? Think of all the poor high school students who this school year have used to Google look up a synopsis of one of his plays. Think of all the poor high school teachers who have this school year used Google to catch the previously mentioned student plagerising. Shakespeare drives traffic to Google, but Goggle ignores him.