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Entries from February 2011

The Spell-Checking Pencil

February 28th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I reveal my concept for the spell-checking pencil. The technology is only five years away. I’ve had this idea for years. Now is the time to reveal it to the world. Maybe someone will build it and send me a dollar or something for the idea. The idea is for a spell-checking […]

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Tags: Ideas · Technology

I Like This More Than That

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We do the things we do because we choose to do them from among all the other choices we have. These choices can be light hearted and they can be rather dark and scary. I learned a few things about myself in the past couple of weeks. For one, I like writing […]

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Tags: Change · Choose · Excuses · Observation

Short Stories on Sale Now

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Short stories I have written are on sale at under the name Dwayne Phillips. In 2008 I wrote 53 short stories. It was a great experience. I am now moving these stories to They are on sale for 99 cents each. I am posting a few each day. See my […]

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Tags: Writing

The Law of the Average fill-in-the-blank-noun-for-a-person

February 21st, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Contrary to the Lake Wobegon Effect, the average fill-in-the-blank-noun-for-a-person is average. Something I recently realized: The average fill-in-the-blank-noun-for-a-person is average. Here are some examples: The average doctor is average The average teacher is average The average writer is average The average engineer is average and so on. This all contradicts the Lake […]

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Tags: Culture · Differences · Expectations · Ideas · Logic · People

The Season is the Reason for the Meeting (not)

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some meetings are driven only by the calendar. We meet monthly or weekly or whatever just because a page falls from the calendar on the wall. I’m going to a meeting tomorrow (or maybe its the day after?). The reason for the meeting? the calendar Yes, it is a meeting determined by […]

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Tags: Management · Meetings

Artificial Intelligence

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once and for all we answer the question: what is artificial intelligence? It was the summer of 1986, and I was sitting in an office of a government manager several layers of the bureaucracy above me. There were other people in the room and they were discussing what was a red-hot technology […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Technology · Thinking

Ray Bradbury on Writing

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Some notes from Ray Bradbury’s “Zen in the Art of Writing.” For many years I read one book on writing every year. This was something I did in January or so. I would find a book that looked good and read it, marking lots of things in the book with pencil. I […]

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Tags: Writing

Technology and Gullibility

February 10th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Technology can be great. It is, however, made by people who are known to make mistakes. Don’t believe everything the sales people tell you about technology. I make my living from technology. I have done so for 30 years and going. So now I am going to write something that may seem […]

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Tags: Culture · Technology

The iPad – part 0.8 – The ZaggMate

February 7th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I add the ZaggMate carrying case with a BlueTooth keyboard. It is great. I like the iPad, but… Of course there is a “but.” I write as much as I read and that makes me different from most people and that is the “but” about the iPad – I can’t write well […]

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Tags: iPad · Technology · Writing

Return on Specification Investment

February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips How specific should a system specification be? How many resources should the spec consume? I propose a measure to help answer these questions – the Return on Specification Investment. A few years ago, I was reviewing a specification for a system that someone in the office had written. I came to one […]

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Tags: Communication · Design · Requirements · Systems · Technology · Work