Joel on Software – Five Whys

An issue I am tracking took me to “Joel on Software” blog, specifically:

Five Whys

This particular blog entry speaks about a “Network Card Configuration” setting known as

“Auto Negotiate”.

Within core Networking group the issue is a bit highly debatable, but he speaks \

writes about it in such way that it is so easy to read and get enlightened and not get up

in the religiosity of it all.


Time was engineers are those in your organizations you place in the basement

somewhere and engage only per muted conversations.  But, these days, you can actually

hear them without feeling like they are talking over your head.

And, especially this guy, Joel Spoeky.  He and Jeff Atwood created

(;  StackExchange is the motherlode of a variety of QA

Web sites.

Wikipedia’s definition of StackExchange:

The Stack Exchange Network (also called StackExchange) is a group of question and answer websites on topics in many different fields, each website covering a specific topic, where questions, answers, and users are subject to a reputation award process. The websites are modeled after Stack Overflow, a forum for computer programming questions that was the original website in this network. The reputation system is designed to allow the websites to be self-moderating.[4]

In 2008, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky created Stack Overflow, a question-and-answer website for computer programming questions, which they described as an alternative to the programmer forum Experts-Exchange.[5] In 2009, they started additional websites based on the Stack Overflow model: Server Fault for questions related to system administration and Super User for questions from computer “power users“.[6]


Personally, I never visit the sites directly.  But, a google search on anything technical

leads there.  There are other QA sites such as ExpertExchange.  But, the StackExchange

sites are free and not cluttered.


Back to Joel Spolsky himself.  Here is a sampling of materials he covers in his blog


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