On Mistakes and Errors

Thursday, April 26, 2007

There was an interesting quote I read today in Michael Shermer’s Skeptic column in Scientific American this month.

This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For a wise man once said, “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors… We’re not going to have any search for scapegoats… the final responsibilities of any failure are mine, and mine alone.

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Quicksilver Setup

Friday, April 6, 2007

When I was getting started using Quicksilver I was always hearing about all the great things it would do, but it was a struggle to get it set up the right way to get at that functionality. In order to prevent that struggle for others I am including my basic set up.

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Selling the Quicksilver Magic

Friday, April 6, 2007

I keep telling everyone they need to try out Quicksilver, that it is the most amazing app. Then they ask me what it does, and I generally say, “it’s hard to explain.” Which it is. Then I fumble around to demonstrate a few things that never seems to do it justice. I need Ron Popeil to pop out and say, “but wait, there’s more.”

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Premature Optimization

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

There is an interesting piece over at bigmedium.com about the risks of premature optimization, which I think dovetails with what I was saying earlier about perfection being the enemy of good.


Perfect or Just Good

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I hear a great quote the other day. I think it cam from the guys who manage the Subversion project.

“Perfect is the enemy of Good”

It reminds me of the analog…

“Good execution is more important than a good plan”

I can’t tell you how many times I have been in groups that have argued endlessly about the very best course of action, only to have disagreement and division when it came time to execute.

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