Category Archives: Soapbox

… and because perception matters

“I am from the government and i am here to help”                                             Ronald Reagan It has certainly been a while … Continue reading

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professionalism in IT … at the movies

My first boss was a real ball-breaker.  He had a very good idea of what was possible with computers, what the users might need and how to achieve that.   He could have literally done it all himself except there were … Continue reading

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Is Agile development the Emperors new clothes

I had the opportunity to take a class on Agile development recently, Scrum, and it was a fascinating way of doing development. I have been pretty lucky over my career that I have not been dragged through a lot of … Continue reading

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Gentlemen’s vandal

We were watching the BBC world news a few days back and it must have been a slow news day. The reporter was speaking with someone whose face was hidden. It turned out that this particular vigilante defaced buildings and … Continue reading

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high quality USB cables

He said          I don’t want a tablet She said         They are really convenient. I should probably check my wallet to see if I belong to some sort of anti-technology society. I actually … Continue reading

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security of passwords

It was actually a very long time ago when a friend of mine contacted me about a Word Perfect data file.  It seemed that one of his employees had decided to pick up and leave the company without any notice. Nothing … Continue reading

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Governmental picking winners and losers

I didn’t follow the most US election terribly closely but I did actually hear quite a bit about some of the proposals of the two candidates. I keep thinking that “Make America Great Again” does sound like a catchy slogan … Continue reading

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nobody’s IT is perfect – real life shopping

Have you ever made a mistake at work?  Either it is small and your colleagues rib you about it or it is bigger and the boss yells at you. What were you thinking?  Those crazy test case output went to … Continue reading

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safe(r) and private browsing using more cpu cycles

“You are never going to amount to a thing” Whoever said that was apparently under-estimating just how valuable that companies in general and the internet in particular find you. The web companies want to know what you have been up … Continue reading

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paranoid about smart phones

I recently went to a small speech that was being held about IoT.  I guess I think less of IoT in the marketing speech and more in the implementation. What someone might call a smart device or IoT is what … Continue reading

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