a blast from the past

While going through the latest at Jerry Pournelle's, I bumped into this:

Techniques of Systems Analysis

Back in my prior life as an Engineer, Herman's writings were some of the most prized. The Rand Corporation represented for many of us the creme-de-la-creme of top engineering and design skills.

If you feel like getting enlightened on the seminal work that resulted in IT System Analysis as we knew it during the 70s, 80s and 90s, then download this document and give it a read. It's free. So are many of the other documents there, from that era.

Warning: you *will* be required to use that grey matter between your ears! I do know that readers of this blog would take that as a given, but the warning remains: Herman had an IQ in excess of 180 and his writings definitely show it.

On a much sadder note:

A great soul is now back in space

No need for words. Just watch 2001, a Space Odissey. Better yet, read one of his many Sci-Fi books. Nothing would be a better tribute.