Article Review

The Troubling Afterlife Of Electrical And Electronic Equipment

This is a review of an article by TechCabal on how the current practices of waste disposal of electronic goods is causing damage to the environment.

The article paints a chilling picture of how the effects of man are making the world we living dangerous for all of us.

It is a chilling read and reader discretion is advised. I see no happy ending if trends continue as they are.

When you are done reading the article, you cannot but think about how the electronic devices you use will end up.

This is why conservation is a must we owe future generations a world that is safe and better than the one we met.

It will call for concerted action on the part of governments and world leaders.

In Africa, Rwanda is leading in this regard by the ban on plastics. A lot more needs to be done to address the menace of pollution.

Article Review

The Rwandan Prescription for Depression

This is a review of  Rwandans decided to deal with the trauma caused by the genocide.

You can read the full article here.

Trauma refers to a wound of the soul. Like all wounds, it takes time to recover from trauma.

The survivors of the 1994 genocide would be weighted down be depression.

Rather than use the methods typical with Western psychology, the methods in this story focused on going “Outside Yourself”.

So the priority was the outdoors and the community.

A great reminder that all we have to do to break out of a rut is to get out of the building.

Article Review

They Write the Right Stuff

This is a review of how software is written by the On-board Shuttle Group on Fast Company.

Given how pervasive software is in our everyday life, what the group achieves with the software that powers shuttle launches is absolutely amazing.

The software for shuttle launches must be as perfect as possible.

Lives are at stake and millions will be lost if anything goes wrong.

To achieve this, there process is designed to not rely on an one individual.

It is the synergy of individual efforts that guarantee the required level of perfection.

Sadly, the rest of the software engineering profession is devoid of this discipline.

I should know because I too used to be a cowboy coder.

But like the article says: “When you have to write perfect software instead of software that’s just good enough — then it’s time to grow up”.