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Entries from December 2013

Growth and Change

December 30th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Organizations strive for growth or progress, but are they accepting of the change that comes with it? Let’s assume that growth is good for an organization. If you don’t like growth, think of another word that would mean good things for an organization, e.g., progress, innovation, creativity, etc. and substitute your word […]

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Tags: Change

Not Becoming Involved

December 26th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Give yourself permission to not be involved with an argument, especially an argument between another person and yourself. I have often seen people argue. The vast majority of the time, I told myself: I won’t become involved in that argument. In essense, I give myself permission to stay out of a discussion […]

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Tags: Communication · Health · Problems

Folding Clothes

December 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillipe My wife and I have been married for 30 years, and we still fold clothes differently. My wife and I have been married for 30 years; we still fold clothes differently. I suppose there is some lesson or twelve in there somewhere. We love each other, but neither of us will change […]

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Tags: Communication

Let Your Friends Test Your Software

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Opposite of the conventional wisdom, there is a good reason to have your friends test your work. The conventional wisdom about testing software it to have someone who does not know you do it. That unknown person will dive into the software and try to find every little fault in it. They […]

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Tags: People · Programming

Must See Family Holiday Apple Ad

December 18th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This Apple ad is deep in several aspects. Here is a precedent for this blog: a video inserted and on top of that it is an advertisement. To the reader, first watch the video, then read my comments. Apple Family Christmas Ad (1) There is the lost teenager in a big family […]

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Tags: Communication · Family · Ideas · People · Technology

No Surprises

December 16th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A phrase I often heard from my superiors, what “no surprises” really means. I don’t know how many times I heard it uttered in angst, “No surprises, no surprises, no surprises.” That is what my superiors constantly told me and my colleagues. This was one of those things that everyone acted like […]

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Tags: Communication · Management

AWS EC2: Hello World – Forward to the Past

December 12th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I enter the world of cloud computing and learn that, once again, we go forward to the past. I finally did it. I entered the world of actual virtual cloud computing. Not just Facebooking or DropBoxing, but actual computing. Well, not much computing, but making a few bits move. Earlier this year […]

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Tags: Computing · Internet · Learning · Linux · Technology

The Least-Expensive Computer in the Store

December 9th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips What is the least-expensive in the store these days? Is it really a computer or merely a terminal? I was browsing a few stores recently (you know those places that actually exist, have an exterior and interior?). I looked at the computers and, being as cheap as I am, sought the least-expensive […]

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Tags: Computing · Technology

Freelancers: Beware of Tests

December 5th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Beware – tests before hire are often a way to obtain free work from you. I have been applying to freelance jobs recently as a writer. On occasion, job openings require taking a “test” such a: edit this text so we can determine if you are a qualified editor write a piece […]

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Tags: Employment · Writing

The Most Important Moment in a Project

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The most important moment in a project is not when you hold your breath during the final system test. Rather, it is a moment of interaction between persons. Quick and to the point: The most important moment in a project is when a person tells the project manager some “bad” news, and […]

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Tags: Management · Observation · People