If you want to see what it means to be a consultant — and enjoy a little entertainment while you’re at it — turn on Netflix and find a 1970s tv show called The Rockford Files. I recommend starting with the second or third episode of the first season.
“If testing costs more than not testing, don’t test.”
~ Kent Beck (via this twitter page)
Per this tweet, this is what the gas prices look like on Alaska’s north slope on April 10, 2015.
In retrospect it’s humbling to see that doctors spent about half a million dollars over the last 5-7 years to figure out my illness. If more doctors knew about mast cell disease the total cost could have probably been 1/10th of that.
This makes me look forward to the day when doctors have better software, and are willing to use it. (Every time I watch an episode of House I think, “Use a computer!”)
IBM says the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Macs is lower than that of PCs. You can read more about it at MacRumors and other websites.
This map from this medium.com article shows the most expensive housing markets in the United States. (Which helps to explain why some seemingly average-looking homes in Colorado are so expensive.)
I like to have fun with graphics once in a while, so when I created my new eBook, How I Estimate Software Development Projects, I took a couple of hours to come up with a cover I kinda-sorta like. I could do much better given a couple of days, but for only working on it for a few hours, I’m okay with this.
Over the last few weeks I’ve taken a little time here and there to put my notes on software cost estimating together, and the end result is a free, 100-page PDF that I’m sharing here today. The PDF covers most everything I know about the art and science of estimating the time and cost of software development projects.
At the moment I can’t think of too much to add to the book, as I cover a lot of ground in the book’s Preface, and in its “Three Lessons.” So, without any further ado, here is the download link for the book:
This is an interesting assessment from this Vogue piece on Jonathan Ive. As a consultant, I’ll also add that people will pay more for great service.
(On a slightly related note, this is my collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes.)
If you ever wondered how much it costs to have your thyroid removed, the answer seems to be $33,000. And that doesn’t include the costs of everything else related to the process, including initial identification, biopsies, heart tests, radiation treatment, etc. The total cost for the last 4-5 months is probably over $60,000.