Tim and Rosie: A Short Story by Cynthia J. Cordell
Time and distance could not keep them apart. She was working in the city and he was working in the next town. Each of them worked long hours – well into the night sometimes. Rosie was a video journalist helping to create software that would revolutionize news reporting. Tim was responsible for the computer security department for a cloud database company.
The two had met over coffee in their hometown. They were each supporting their parents and they struggled to have a relationship of their own. In the surrounding cities where they lived, they were instituting the two-to-three-day work weeks. Rosie and Tim wanted to qualify for that program.
There were freelance journalists who contributed news reels to Rosie’s news company. Rosie was devising software that would compensate the journalists with a wage salary whenever they contributed some news. The novelty about her software was that the wage salary was adjustable. Mostly the news segments were about health issues. The biggest stories were about cancer. Many stories followed an individual’s struggle against cancer. The life they led were often documented and Rosie gathered these news clips, cleaned them up and often put a narration on them with a voice-over talent.
The software Rosie worked on paid the freelancer their normal fee, a lower one, a higher one or a variable one. The consistently higher wage earners were reviewed by upper management. They even brought them into the studios to interview them for job positions. Rosie’s specialty of knowing just what to pay them was working out so well, that she began a system of recommending and outsourcing some of the freelance talent to other corporations and executive companies looking for such individuals. She was making money for the news company because by acting as a corporate headhunter, she received a percentage of what the freelancer was contracted out for.
Meanwhile Tim was in charge of encrypting all of the passwords for the database company that he worked for. The security questions for his employees were ever changing. He set up questions for them like what was the name of their childhood pet or the name of the elementary they went to. Tim could get creative with the process of securing the company’s database security. He even submitted an article on cloud computing to management, it went something like this:
“A Take on Cloud Computing”
By Tim Russ
There is that buzz going around about cloud computing and the benefits it has to offer for the small and large businesses who may not have the computer memory storage capacity or the bandwidth with the faster speeds at their facility to do their data crunching.
Testing software and running customer simulations from different angles to foresee any problems that may arise before their particular brand of service goes public, takes A) storage capacity and B) appropriate bandwidth for the faster transference rate between the customer input and the company's servers.
Cloud computing seemed like such a novel concept to many entrepreneurs when it first became available that they had skepticism about the safety of their timely and sometimes sensitive data. At one seminar that I was privy to, the sales rep for a cloud computing facility answered the safety question by saying that the company could encrypt their data before uploading it to the cloud computing facility for processing.
There are some people who have effectively taken the plunge into cloud computing. One of them, let's say is a young programmer named Chelsea, who has landed an Internet business project entailing the handling of greeting card traffic. She is responsible for creating software that will catalog the different cards, tagging them with appropriate discount codes and generally making them available to the public via the Internet.
Chelsea has a particular style to her programming known to a few select gurus as that must-have-a-staging-platform-first-style. She has to have one particular address in her memory cache to review incoming fresh data or even existing older data. She will interrupt the flow of her programming process just to examine a particular variable or data set.
A greeting card discounted at 10% might catch Chelsea's eye for examination for example, and at some point in her software program, she will pull the tag name for that card - say it's called NostalgicCard_11056 and put it in the memory compartment 0x20f86 to test to make sure that it passes all the integrity rules (from it being a black and white card, to being properly discounted) under stressful programming conditions and scenarios.
Let's say that Timothy is a sales representative for CloudPresence.com (a fictitious company). He is very personable and confident about his company's Internet services and he wants Chelsea to become as informed as possible about cloud computing, so she doesn't feel as if she's signing her life away when she signs on the dotted line. Having a good rapport with your cloud computing rep is a must, because it is likely to be a long term business relationship.
Like many freelancers who are software engineers who don't have the storage capacity or the transference bandwidth for their data, cloud computing gives Chelsea a second chance by offering her the means to test aspects of her software as she launches an Internet Greeting Card site for a client from her home office.
Chelsea's story is only one example of course, but it touches upon the population's continual need for bigger (in this case, storage capacity) and faster (in this case transference bandwidth) things.
Rosie for her part wrote a feel-good story that she hoped would bring a smile to her cancer-patient readers. The story touches a little bit on fashion. She developed it into a video montage. Here is the raw footage of it:
Database Design Using Nail Polish
For a fun sprint into the combination of a fashion scene and a database design, I wrote a short story about indexing database files using the color spectrum available in nail polishes. In my short story "Daily Diary," a young girl by the name of Zoe emails a fashion magazine editor asking her how to "shop" for a high school fashion show, that she was going to be graded on by the end of the school term.
The fashion editor's name was Cassie and Cassie's suggestion to Zoe was to pick a nail color and shop for fashion pieces that matched that particular color. For example if Zoe had initially picked out a darker tan color, then she might budget out her fashion show account, by purchasing a wide leather belt, that would hang loosely around her waistline.
Also, for a bubble gum pink nail polish color, Zoe might pick up a few different shades of a camp shirt in that tone of pink. Cassie also pointed out that eye glasses, with outlandish frames that were that shade of pink should also be welcomed to her collection, that and few colors of boas.
The database part will then be for Zoe to learn a little about the PHP programming language to build an online database, using the nail polish colors as the index colors to mix and match the fashion pieces.
The days from the movie "Clueless" aren't that far off, when the lead character computerized her wardrobe selection methods.
With a database that has filed pieces of clothing away, using nail polish colors as index values, you could literally ask for a "match" between the tan and blue nail polish colors and find some mix and matchable wardrobe combinations.
Rosie and Tim eventually got married. They both qualified for the two-to-three-day-work-weeks. They ended up spending a lot of quality time together.