Why external Maven repositories are a bad idea

Bandwidth costs to mirror Maven repositories: $50
File server to store it on: $1500
Developer effort to access the internal repository: $200
Having 20 developers sit around idle because you didn’t mirror the java.net repository: priceless

With apologies to Mastercard.

My blog is worth that much?

From Jason Yip:


My blog is worth $20,887.98.
How much is your blog worth?

And if anyone wants to buy it at that price (that’s US currency, of course), please feel free to let me know. Contact me before the end of 2005, and I’ll even through in a 10% discount… afterwards, of course, the price may be even higher, as I’m always making new value on the site.

Serious offers only, naturally. No tire kickers.

Airconditioning Dilemma

You work in an airconditioned office. The thermostat for the airconditioner is set to 23.5C. The thermometer gauge says that it is currently 24.2C. Do you:

A) Ignore it;
B) Close the door to the stairwell that all the cold air is escaping down;
C) Set the thermostat to 21C so that it gets colder. After all, it should go down to 21.7C, right?

If some Software Developers built houses?

By far the most popular post on my site was a humorous entry I reposted: If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers…. So it only seems just that I put a link to this entry, which sort of describes the reverse. )

And remember – if the auto industry had evolved like the computer industry, we’d have cars that go a thousand miles an hour, with no seat belts, that crash when you double press the horn…

Monday 24th worst day of the year? What a day to start a new job!

Apparently, next Monday will be the worst day of the year. Naturally, that’s the day I start at Wotif

Fortunately, the formula is based on such variables as the weather, and thus it is only the worst day in the Northern hemisphere. *phew*.

If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers…

Dear Mr. Architect:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.
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