Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries Tagged as software development

Engineering Software

June 13, 2012 ·

A brilliant review of the mind and the foibles of the professional developer and the roots of our legendary grumpiness.

"I don’t care how many women you give me, it still takes nine months to make baby."


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May 19, 2012 ·

I found this a simply fascinating read.  Just because it's considered impossible doesn't mean that it is impossible.  Confirmation of my approach to IT, in terms of "let's figure out how to do this in a way that's not so complex and time-consuming."  It just doesn't have to be that hard, really.

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A Lesson on How to Write a Rant

April 24, 2012 ·

Now, I'm a CFML user from way back, and it continues to be my language of choice.  In business, however, other matters impact decisions of platform and staffing, and I have hired a number of .NET programmers (including a Java programmer to do .NET).  We use only frameworks for our web apps, but nonetheless, Doug's got this Nailed.  Not only is it true for so, so many .NET programmers, but it's just a beautifully visceral and nasty rant.  Well done, Doug, well done.

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Make it Easier

March 02, 2012 ·

What I always think, but never thought to put into writing.  A brilliant analysis of what's wrong in the world of online software sales, particularly in the corporate space.

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thoughts on programming ... and life

February 27, 2012 ·

Zen and the art of programming is certainly not a new concept, but the stuff in this post really is quite solid.  #s 4 and 5 probably inform the other 8 points he makes, in my opinion.

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Web Dev Explained

February 18, 2012 ·

As the author admits, it's rather labored, but it's still a brilliant romp through the land of Web Design & Development through the lens of early AD&D.  Outstanding.

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Developer Value

December 08, 2011 ·

This is a fascinating look at the value of good developers.  Not only interesting insights into developers and their role in the economy, but also some great insights into company structures which may have impact on every type of company in the economy over the next few years.

"As every company starts to re-organize around a recognition of the criticality of software to its business model, cataclysimic changes will ripple through the economy. To the extent that the growth of the base of software talent cannot keep up with demand, companies and entire industry sectors will start to collapse as they fail to adequately fuel their need for software talent."

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Great thoughts on programming

October 19, 2011 ·

Getting stuck ... more accurately:  not getting stuck.  Really solid stuff.

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Who owns software?

September 22, 2010 ·

"Software licensing agreements that say the user is only licensing the use of software rather than purchasing a copy are enforceable. So. You don’t own those copies of software that you thought you purchased. You just rent it from the vendor, on terms offered on a take-it-or-leave-it basis and subject to revision at will."

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100 quotes for geeks

January 07, 2010 ·

100 geeky quotes ... mostly the classics of geekdom, including many that I am not familiar with.  This one was new to me and struck my fancy.

"Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
-- Harry Lime, The Third Man


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