Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Notes on Computer Hardware Servicing

Having recently ventured again into academia and entrepreneurship opened the door to opportunities I doubt will be found by those clinging to their day jobs: the chance to help out the community and add value to the lives of your neighbors. Having an extensive experience in computer hardware, software and networking with some free time, some of my neighbors seek my help on fixing their computer problems. However,  most of them have been ripped off and their computers may either work inconsistently or not at all before they came to seek my help; and thus the inspiration for this article.

Below are the rules of engagement I hope all who conduct computer hardware (and software?) servicing and especially those unsuspecting clients would read and learn by heart:

  • Check the Warranty
  • Don't Covet Thy Neighbors Computer
  • Free and Open Source Software Matters
  • It's About Relationships

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ORDBMS and Reusable Design: Why PostgreSQL on Your (Next) Project

One of the classic songs during the British invasion of America through music is "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" by the Herman's Hermits. The main character of the song is a man named Henry about to marry a widower who married seven times before. All the groom she married were named Henry. Probably the lady in the song found some particular trait(s) found in every Henry she met.

I hope you'd allow my fancy for the moment and share the perspective when we take the case of Object-oriented Programming (OOP) and Object Relational Database Management Systems (ORDBMS), given that, like Henry the Eighth in relation to his bride's previous husbands, they have the same first name. Would it be possible that design and/or code reuse, one of the great tenets of Object-oriented programming be applicable to Object relational database systems? Am I dragging your leg? Read on and find out.