How to build an un-hackable password

Okay, another friend got hacked yesterday – here’s how to build an un-hackable password: 1. Pick a favorite date, like Bastille Day, your dog’s birthday, the moon landing or something.  You could also do something like a favorite movie mixed with it’s author’s name. 2. Reverse it, so for example today would be 8102voN82.  You […]

Leadership of IT/Software Teams in a Regulatory Environment

Part 3 – now let’s introduce regulation First part of this, is let’s define “regulation” in context.  Specifically, I’m referring to ISO 13485, EU medical devices (GMP, or “Good Manufacturing Practice”), and FDA medical device standards. Let’s also be clear, these aren’t just “guidelines” (insert Barbarossa quote here), they’re law. As law, what is their […]

Let’s Talk Briefly about Deep Learning

You’ve heard the name over and over, and for most of you it probably settles into the same category as Harry Potter’s “levitation charm” as far as whether you need to understand it.  That’s cool, most people will never need to know this stuff, in the same fashion as you don’t need to know the […]

Leadership of IT/Software Teams in a Regulatory Environment

Part 2 – How Does This Apply to IT? All right, so we’ve laid out what it means to be a leader – but how does this apply to IT? At this stage we have to look at what it means to work in an IT environment – and there are some wildly different attitudes […]

Leadership of IT/Software Teams in a Regulatory Environment

Leadership of IT/Software Teams in a Regulatory Environment Thomas Theobald Part 1 – What Exactly Is “Leadership”? leadership /ˈliːdəʃɪp/ noun “the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this.” Not exactly helpful, are they?  Wikipedia is slightly better: “is a formal or informal contextually rooted and goal-influencing […]

RAID-5 and the Sky Is Falling

The Situation I’ve seen, over the last few weeks, more than a few posts on a popular IT hangout site proclaiming in loud, evangelical voice that “RAID-5 is terrible for spinning disks, never use it!  If you do, you’re a stupidhead!” and similar statements. I’m here to tell you that’s not an appropriate answer.  In […]

The USS Enterprise (Refit) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Build Log:  Part 16 Well, hi! First off, I feel an apology is necessary here – I haven’t updated my log in a LONG time, and I should have.  I’m sorry.  Since last we spoke, I’ve had a move across the country to Munich and started a new job with a cool biotech firm, and […]

Delphi Does Data

Delphi Hi everyone! Last time we talked Delphi, we talked a bit about frameworks and we built your first Delphi app, a “Hello World” for Windows.  This time around, we’re going to talk about one of the most common uses for programming tools in business environments – data access. Let’s get down to brass tacks […]

A Delphi Primer with RAD Studio 10.2

Hey hey, everyone! Today is a day off for a public holiday – couldn’t tell you which one off the top of my head – in Germany.  They do a few of these in May and June, and this time around one of them fell on this Thursday.  I’ll be back in the office tomorrow, […]