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Entries from April 2012

Who Does That?

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Taking from Seth Godin, what kills large organizations is that people don’t know what other people are doing. Managers at the top level are responsible for these problems. Seth Godin has a recent post on his blog that I love to hate or hate to love or something. He highlights a problem […]

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Tags: Communication · Management

Necessary Evils and Paradigm Shifts

April 26th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes the world changes and you have to alter your product in what may seem to be an evil way. Samsung recently announced that they are including WiFi in their higher-end cameras. I can see some of the engineers and scientists at Samsung wincing in pain.¬†Excellence in cameras is about lenses and […]

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Tags: Change · Technology

Brogrammers and other Dysfunction

April 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a trend lately for young male programmers to act like fraternity pledges. This is just the last in a long line of dysfunction in computer science. The percentage of female computer science graduates and professional programmers is declining. It has been in decline for several decades. There is much speculation […]

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Tags: Computing · Culture · Family · Management

The Boss and the Employees

April 19th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once you refer to some person as “boss” and other persons as “employees,” all is lost. I saw this post a few days back about the boss’ greatest fear. They don’t want the employees to catch them on video. There might be something in the video that can harm them. Let’s back […]

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Tags: Communication · Management

Size Mutters

April 17th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The number of people on a project influences the management practices that will succeed. An easy-to-remember heuristic is the breakpoints at 3 to the n power. Yes, that is mutters with a “u.” As the size of a team on a project increases, so does the muttering. This implies that what works […]

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Tags: Communication · Management

Computer Vision and the Blind

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The cell phone camera plus computer vision plus computer speech equals apps for the blind. I worked in computer vision during the 1980s and early 1990s. My work was mostly with having a computer transform an aerial image into a map. I didn’t foresee the technologies that would make the digital image […]

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Tags: Computing · Family · Health · Image · Technology

Touch Typing (for Writers)

April 12th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As boring as it may seem, writers should work on their typing skills. I found a web site today that I will visit frequently for a while: TypingClub.com Yes, that is it. A website that let’s me work on my typing skills. And what wonderful thing does that have to do with […]

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Tags: Writing

The Hunger Games and the Journal

April 10th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The humble journal plays an important role in The Hunger Games trilogy. It can plan an important role in anyone’s life. I just finished reading “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I did so to try to come closer to the young adult crowd that bought these books, made them best […]

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Tags: Journal · Writing

The Geek’s Perfect Jacket

April 9th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have a new Scottevest jacket. It has 20 pockets, and I love it. This is a first for this blog – a post about fashion. Well, I think it is about fashion. It is also about utility. I now own a¬†ScottEVest Standard Jacket. I looked at these on the Internet for […]

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Tags: Design · Fashion

The Good Type of Micro-Management

April 5th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Micro-Management has been given a bad name. What is bad is nit-picking management. Used properly, micro-management is a good practice. Micro-management is a good management practice. There, now fight the urge to stop reading while I explain. Here is what micro-management is about: A senior manager bores down through several levels of […]

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Tags: Management