There are two things I like about this talk. One is the content. It’s actually a pretty good story about helping a business make more profit by making a web server more resilient. The video contains its own definition of resilient, which is to act “with character” during times of stress. It’s a good (and funny) reminder of our failings as developers who are married to our own code.
The second thing I like is his no-nonsense definitions. Well, I say “no-nonsense” but there is a little nonsense in them. Just enough nonsense to make your spine tingle and wake you up, to cut any arguments out by the root. They are an engineer’s definitions, whose overabundance of honesty is tempered by self-deprecation. This kind of definition is often the only defense truth has against wishful thinking. What are your favorite engineer’s definitions?