Category: Writing

In memoriam: Jerry Pournelle (1933 – 2017)

In memoriam: Jerry Pournelle (1933 – 2017)

| September 9, 2017 | Reply

I met and got to know Jerry Pournelle — and his sweet wife Roberta — over 30 years ago, when I started writing for BYTE Magazine. I already knew of Jerry because of his SF novels (“Lucifer’s Hammer” by him and Larry Niven remains my favorite end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it book) and his writings in BYTE. What I […]

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Behold the Pulp-O-Mizer!

Behold the Pulp-O-Mizer!

| February 3, 2013 | Reply

  Thanks to io9, I ran across the Pulp-O-Mizer site. This is enough to inspire me to post the first chapter of Sundog: Frozen Legacy, once I finish it up. Stay tuned.  ..bruce..

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Whither this blog?

Whither this blog?

| January 8, 2013 | Reply

OK, so I was (and am still) dismayed by the outcome of the elections, and all that has happened during the two months since has done little to alleviate my concern. Given that plenty of other blogs continue to fight the political fight, I am taking a hiatus from that fight myself. Except, of course, […]

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Henderson Genealogy and Family History

Henderson Genealogy and Family History

| November 20, 2009 | Reply

Ruins of the Henderson farm at Rhian, Caithness Folks who know me understand that I have been very proud of my Father’s Scottish heritage. For the past several years I have been working to discover and record as much of my family’s history and genealogy as I can. This effort has taken me to Caithness […]

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The long, slow death of news magazines

The long, slow death of news magazines

| January 20, 2009 | Reply

I grew up in a family that always subscribed to Time magazine, and I started reading it at a fairly young age. But when I went off to college in 1971, I decided to conduct an experiment. At that time, the three major weekly news magazines — Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report […]

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Truth set to music

Truth set to music

| December 16, 2008 | Reply

One of the proudest accomplishments of my adult professional life is that I actually supported myself and my family for a few years solely by writing. That was back in the late 1980s, when it wasn’t quite as easy as it had been in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. However, it was much easier to […]

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Writing a new online column

Writing a new online column

| June 5, 2008 | Reply

I’ve been hired by Ziff Davis Enterprises to write a weekly column on IT Management for the online version of Baseline.  The column itself will be based on materials I’m writing for my (forthcoming) book, Surviving Complexity. My first column is up:  “Lies, Damned Lies, and Metrics (Part I)”; here’s the opening paragraph: When Capers […]

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“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

| May 29, 2008 | Reply

One of the books I’m currently writing is Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering, a greatly expanded and updated version of a book I published back in the 1990s. I’ve been posted new and revised pitfalls over at my Bruce F. Webster & Associates (bfwa.com) website. To make the pitfalls a bit easier to browse, I’ve […]

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Starting to post pitfalls

Starting to post pitfalls

| June 16, 2007 | Reply

I’ve begun the process of updating and generalizing the original pitfalls (in Pitfalls of Object-Oriented Development) for Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering (or PMSE). Just scroll past the introductory text, and you’ll see an outline of the actual live content. As with The Art of ‘Ware, feedback and contributions are encouraged. ..bruce..

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Swamped, but here’s a bit of fresh meat

Swamped, but here’s a bit of fresh meat

| June 5, 2007 | Reply

I’m finishing up an expert report for a patent case that I’m working on, so I haven’t been able to push forward with PMSE. However, I am posting a PDF of Chapter 2 from the original Pitfalls of Object-Oriented Development (M&T Books, 1995). This should be useful for those of you interested in contributing to […]

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