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Entries from December 2012

Under Advisement

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Drivers in New Orleans take all traffic laws under advisement. I recently drove a little in the French Quarter in New Orleans. You only drive a little in the French Quarter as you park and spend the day walking about the little streets. You only need to drive a few minutes in […]

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Tags: Culture

Governments, Companies, and Agility

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Companies are far more agile than governments. I hope that one day governments will accept this and work with companies instead of against them. A few recent stories have appeared about companies moving money to countries with lower tax rates. Some people are outraged about it. Governments will see what the companies […]

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Tags: Adapting · Agility · Government · Greed

A Simple Writing Formula

December 24th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When writing to convey information, I use a formula that is easy for me to remember and works for me. The formula is: what, so what, now what. Someone gave me this formula in a meeting years ago. The meeting had nothing to do with writing, but had something to do with […]

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Tags: Communication · Writing

Retail + Restaurant – Forward to the Past

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A new thing – retail restaurants. Actually an old thing. I welcome its return. Something (not) new under the sun – restaurant retailers. Retailers are putting food service, a.k.a., cafe, in their stores. Customers are shopping online. Save yourself the trouble of going to a store and all that. Stay home, sit […]

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Tags: Coffee · Culture · Expectations

Computers for Producers

December 17th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Handheld computers sell in the millions, a.k.a., smartphones. The folks who produce the videos and the apps, however, need something else. We’ve all see the numbers on smartphone sales – millions. I am still astounded at how many of these things sell in the U.S. and around the world. And we’ve seen […]

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Tags: Technology

Precise, Concrete, and Specific

December 13th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Those three nouns in the post title continue to come to mind lo these many years since freshman English Composition. It was the summer of 1976 – yes, the Bicentennial summer. I was one month out of high school and taking freshman English composition. Dr. Gray taught the class. Two things stand […]

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Tags: Communication · Education · Writing

A Writing Routine

December 10th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have few if any writing routines. Here is one I use: the one-hour sprint. I recently read an excellent post on the daily routines of famous writers. I have thought about such things for years. My conclusion? I have few if any writing routines. I write sitting on the couch, riding […]

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Tags: Writing

Some Thoughts on Scale

December 6th, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I consider that evil factor that kills the vast majority of great ideas: scale. I recently read an article about how wonderful Google Fiber is in Kansas City. The data rates are high and service people actually arrive at a set time – not during a 16-hour window. I wish the Google […]

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Tags: Scale

The Single-Board Computer

December 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A tribute to the single-board computer. The engineer looks at the growing block diagram of a yet-to-be-built system and says, “Put a computer here.” What eventually goes there is a single-board computer. We don’t design computers from scratch as the would be wasteful. Instead, we buy an already built computer, write software, […]

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Tags: Technology · Wikipedia