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2021 March 11th


People handle stress in projects in different ways. I find it helpful to use an analogy with electrical components:stress resistorSome people shield others from stress. They pass on what needs to be done, but shield the team from negative pressure. They seem to think that passing on stress does not help productivity.

2021 March 2nd

Corona Blues

It has been almost a year since my first post on COVID-19. And I am starting to suffer from a mild form of the Corona Blues:The condition of depression and hopelessness caused by COVID-19 measures.Initially I thought it would be over soon. Even later, I could see light at the end of the tunnel. But it is getting harder and harder to have faith that the current measures will get us out of this mess.

2021 February 24th

COVID-19: How it adds up

I have been crunching some numbers.Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had a little over a million contaminations in Holland and a little over fifteen thousand casualties in a few days short of a year (1.038.156 and 15.017 on February 17, 2021 respectively).We know that 90% of casualties is over 70 and two thirds is over 80, and in Holland life expectancy is a little over 80.

2020 May 29th

Windows on Linux

I have been running Windows and Linux side-by-side in dual-boot since forever. Switching between OSs this way is a pain, but the best I could get for a long time. Worse, the dual-boot configuration seems to hamper the Windows update process, so my Windows 10 version was beginning to get outdated.Previously I have considered:Running Windows 10 in a VM on a Ubuntu host with an illegal version of Windows (which I object to) or buying an extra license (which feels stupid, because my laptop came with Windows pre-installed).

2020 May 16th

COVID-19 and Pareto

I am a firm believer in the Pareto Principle which states that in many cases 80% of the result is achieved by 20% of the effort, and, consequently, that the remaining 20% of the result takes 80% of the effort. This means, if you can live with 80% of the result, you are 16 times more efficient than when you insist on the 100%.

2020 April 22nd

COVID19: What's the point?

Yesterday, our prime minister told us to keep it up. The current corona measures in The Netherlands are extended for weeks and months. The policy makes perfect sense.Except that it doesn't. To me.To me it felt like our government is working from a different set of rules than I would. And that made me wonder what their basic principle is.

2020 April 16th

COVID-19 End Game

We have been in Corona-lockdown for about 5 weeks now, here in the Netherlands. As we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, it is time to start thinking on how we can get out of it.DisclaimerI am no expert by any means. The views below are just my personal dribble. Follow the official guidelines of your government.