October 10, 2008

Bathroom Reading

Bathroom reading at our house is a jumble of golf and I/T magazines. I'll note here that I dabble in both, however, the magazines are not mine. But when in Rome...
There was a simply stupendous article in one of the I/T mags written by somebody whose sole purpose must have been to purge himself of every hyphenated buzzphrase (should that be hyphenated?) he has ever come across. It included (and this is not an exhaustive list) delightful gems like: next-generation in-memory (double whammy I guess); policy-driven; latency-agile; low-latency analytics; premised-based business intelligence; distributed-caching infrastructure; event-stream processing; real-time business intelligence; changed-data capture; data-warehouse strategy; and dynamic task-brokering. Three of these were actually one after the other in the same sentence. I'm not sure I gleaned anything from the reading except that it's pretty amazing Norm and I actually speak the same language.
My personal favourite from the article is: trickle-feed extract transform load. I don't know about other dogs, but Ridgebacks would never be happy with trickle-feed anything. They need it all at once, right now, just dump it all in the bowl, hurry, oh please, and make sure he didn't get more than me. As for transforming it, well, they don't have a problem with that. Ask Norm. He mows the lawn

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