Friday 24 August 2007

Security B&B way :)

I'm going with my friends over the weekend to climb up the highest mountain in Ireland - Carrauntoohil. I volunteered to book B&B. I sent an email to a few B&B owners and waited for a reply. Majority of them were booked out but one woman offered a family room for us. The interesting part of this story is how she wanted me to send my CC details. Below I show the best snippets from the email conversation.
The women:
"(...)Please give your cc number and expiry date if you wish to secure the booking.  Cash is paid on morning of departure."
"Is there any website that I can use to book the room? Sending CC number in an email is not secure. Emails are not properly secured and encrypted"
The women:
"People usually send 2 emails with half the number on each"
Just brilliant :)

Monday 20 August 2007

From forestry to IT - channel 9 show

Peter Spiro is one of these guys who took unusual steps to get into IT. It's enough to have a look at him to figure out that he is more then interesting :) .  The whole conversation is about people and how to manage them in a way that both the Company and they benefit from it. It's first time I heard that we need to build properly layered systems just because there are some smart guys out there that want to unplug an old component and replace it with their own - better :).  
The next thing that absorbed my attention was his list of features that a good team should be characterized by:
  • trust
  • diversity
  • no single man show
  • shared responsibility
  • passion
It looks like a list of obvious things but you would be surprised how many teams lack 2 or more of them. And the last but not least, he knows what the work-life balance is. It was a well spent hour :).