WordPress, LIMS and Upgrades

A few people had noticed that there was a new picture on my blog but that it was not a picture of me. This is one of those situations where I accepted an upgrade, it had unintended consequences (the picture of someone else popping-up on my blog) and I decided not to roll it back – that there are more good features than problems and, also, that I didn’t currently plan to devoting time to kicking that person off my blog, being busy with other things. And, in that, it’s the same issue we face with LIMS, ELN and LES upgrades.

The Impending Move

I had announced that the GeoMetrick Enterprises office will be moving. Now, I’m fairly certain that the move date will be in early September. I have notified current customers. Unlike past office moves, this time, I plan to take off a week to make the move in a leisurely fashion. I will be giving more information on the exact week of the move at a later time. Obviously, ongoing customers have priority with me during that week. For anyone wishing to contact me about starting new work who contacts me, that week, I will probably put you off until the following week.

Three+ Elements for Codes of Conduct

Recently, Stack Overflow sent out information on its new Code of Conduct. Being a volunteer community, if people cause problems, they can’t fire the person but one form of redress is to kick the person out of the group. One method with which to make that fair is to make it clear what is and isn’t acceptable. Thus, a code of conduct is a good tool to put into place.

Challenges in Interfacing

In this day and age, you would think that every system would have been interfaced with every other type of system. That’s probably true. But it’s NOT true that every individual system has been interfaced with every other individual system and that’s where most of the challenges are.

Contracting With Your Vendor Or Software Firm Is Not Trivial

Some of the customers who read these posts are working to do as much of the actual work on their system, as possible, to include LIMS/ELN/LES System Administration, configuration, programming, etc… Others have decided that they don’t need to build some or all of these skills in-house and are asking their software vendors or other outside consulting firms (such as the premier GeoMetrick Enterprises) to do the work, instead. In doing this, while you do avoid having to build the skills in-house, you do not abdicate yourself from the potential issues that can come from this.