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Entries from May 2012

Just Say No (to a 1981 office computer)

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Sometimes it just isn’t worth being on the leading edge.┬áIt was 1981 and an attempt to purchase an office computer turned into a monster. 1981 – the Apple II was fun and the TRS-80 was, well it was something you could buy at Radio Shack. These little computer things could store data on floppy disks. […]

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Tags: Computing · Government · Meetings

Changes and Change

May 28th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If we change something, it will be different. We know that, but we act surprised when we see it. Recent studies indicate that large wind farms increase the temperature of the wind farm area. People are speculating if there will be other changes in the weather at wind farms. Some people are […]

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Tags: Change · Technology

How Healthy Do We Want to Be?

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Wearing a health monitor practically 24 hours a day is now possible. Our physicians can know everything about our life style and work with us on our health. But do we want to be that healthy? Computers are smaller and lighter and use less battery power and all those things that engineers […]

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Tags: Computing · Health

Hurry Up and Wait – Reframe

May 21st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It seems we still do this old time waster – hurry up and wait. Let’s try to reframe it into something more productive and creative. I am writing this blog while waiting. I had been working feverishly on something and completed the task. Now…well, you know… Hurry up and wait Let’s see […]

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Tags: Change · Choose · Reframe

Excellent High School Learning Program (accidentally?)

May 17th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A school district in Maine has (accidentally?) created an excellent learning program for its high school students. The Portland, Maine school district is issuing laptop computers to some high school students for use in school. The computers are loaded with censorship filters that will keep the students away from social media web […]

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Tags: Education

Shortage of Engineers (?)

May 14th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Why don’t we have more engineers and computer scientists? Maybe, for better or worse, we don’t have enough “tough” people. I have recently read of a shortage of engineers and computer scientists. I have my doubts about this shortage, but enough people are declaring it that there may be some truth to […]

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Tags: Computing · Education · Employment

Answering Questions

May 10th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Answer questions in the same forum at which they are asked. If possible, answer questions immediately. Failure to follow these usually leads to suspicion, and that is the death of organizations. Does anyone have any questions? Yes, speakers feel obligated to say this. I am not sure why, but there is something […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Three Magic Words that Erase a Negative

May 7th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When you say or hear a negative statement, add “up until now” to erase the negative. These magic words come from author and consultant Jerry Weinberg. They are great erasers. Here are some examples: I am not a good writer…up until now I stutter when I speak in front of people…up until […]

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Tags: Communication · Meetings

Hiding – A Measure of Project Stress

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips One measure of project stress is the means to which you go to hide from people so that they cannot bring you bad news. I used to hide in the men’s room. Actually, I had to go into a stall, close the door, and sit on the toilet in the men’s room. […]

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Tags: Management