This parable is an old one. I told this last week to one of my team members at work and wanted to find the original. Since this is an old parable, I found different versions of this story over the Internet. In some versions the story revolves around a broken down ship, while in others a large machine in a factory. The version I'm quoting below is what I remember reading ages ago.
It's 2019. I'm turning 40 this year. The first time someone paid me money to write code was back in early 2003. This means that my career also turned 16, going on 17 this year. As a senior staff member, I do find myself championing the value of skills and expertise in software engineering, especially to young graduates doing their rotation in my software engineering team.
This old parable stuck somewhere in my head all those years ago. I still think it's the best parable told about the value of expertise and staying sharp.
I finally decided to get a 3G connection as a backup for my ADSL one at home. I often find myself ending up in places without readily provided Internet and wishing for a mobile solution. After doing a bit of research, I found Airtel as the best deal. If you are wondering about Airtel 3G coverage, all I have to say is that I live and usually spend my time within a 20-30 Kilometre radius from the city of Colombo. And when I go out of this zone, Internet or a Laptop or anything related to work is usually the last thing on my mind :) So getting 3G coverage in rural Sri Lanka isn't a huge priority! That, and the fact that this is a supplementary connection, which means it should cost at least 50% or less compared to the primary connection made the choice very easy.
Now for the fun part. Hating how the usual Huawei E220 modem looks, I opted for the more elegant Prolink PHS100, which can be bought with no vendor lock (let's not get started on vendors locking hardware for which I pay …
Note: This isn’t a Bitcoin hedging post. In fact, that was the last occurrence of that word in this article.
Is the Blockchain hype over?
According to this year’s Gartner Hype Cycle, Blockchain has crossed the
peak of unrealistic expectations and is now heading towards the trough
of disillusionment. This usually means that we’ll stop hearing about Blockchain being the cure for world hunger, and instead will start hearing about real world case studies that demonstrate its use cases.
I also tend to
agree with Gartner’s prediction of Blockchain reaching the plateau
of profitability, and therefore wider adoption in the enterprise within
the next 5 years.
Blockchain for Business?
Fundamentally, Blockchain emerged from business principles that have been around since humans started trading with each other.
We have incrementally digitised parts of this process over the past century. However, this digitisation process has taken a fragmented approach. Each participating entity digitised t…