I am extremely optimistic about Space. This week however we have had two tragedies. CNN has reporting about a recent rocket crash: Teams investigate failure of unmanned rocket off Virginia coast. NBC has detailed coverage of the Virgin Galactic’s test flight which ended with loss of life. I remember the day I saw the Space Shuttle Challenger on TV. I was too young to process what actually happened that day but documentaries and news segments years later would clarify why I saw such a decline in the activities of NASA. You see, when I was younger, I was personally exposed to the artifacts of the Space Age on trips to Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL as well as the Kennedy Space Center much further south. I really enjoyed those trips as well as the myriad movies of my upbringing including SpaceCamp and a host of others. As time moved on, I began to see Space differently.
Imagine a scenario in which you have a lot of data to push out. Perhaps you are in HR and you need to provide the executive staff with Word documents summarizing the high level histories and skills background of the top 100 senior technicians in the organization. The information exists in a few databases and you have 2 days to get the information gathered into the right format. What means exist to make this happen in the cases where the information is available but not readily organized in such a way to produce 100 individual Word documents?
Please see my post on how to Reformat Amazon.com Kindle Book List with C++ | Version 1, Oct. 2014. It describes a process well known to many experienced IT practitioners that can be useful guide to achieving such objectives. The scenario applied to me recently in dealing with Amazon Kindle book listings. The result of my efforts demonstrates the practice of building ad hoc tools. Tools born out of necessity that can streamline the translation of data from one form to another in a timely and comprehensive fashion.
I watched with great interest the forum on cybersecurity that featured some of the leading thinkers on the subject. Jeff Moss was one of the speakers and what he had to say resonated strongly. You can read about Jeff Moss who is well known in hacker circles. I did not agree with everything he or others said, but there was one thing he emphasized that I believe was particularly relevant. I will paraphrase . . .