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Entries from April 2015

Putting Video in HTML—An Excellent Resource

April 30th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I find an excellent resource that helps me put video on a web site in HTML. Not many people face this “problem.” The world uploads their video to Facebook with a click and drag and such. I am old and still have cases where I want to put a private video in […]

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Tags: Teaching · Technology


April 27th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes you just want a system to be operating in some usable state. You will come back later and finish the job. Some 21st century software companies called it “good enough software.” The idea was that you had software that did something useful for the user. Once it reached that state, you […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Systems

Systems Engineering and System Administration

April 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips As a job seeker, I often run into inexplicable confusion between these two job titles. I am a systems engineer. I do systems engineering. I am not a systems administrator. I do not do systems administration. A quick read of the two Wikipedia articles linked above shows that the two professions are […]

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Tags: Communication · Employment · Engineering

Efficiency May Not Always be Good

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Efficiency (let’s call it hyper efficiency) is abounding. Maybe it isn’t always good. Amazon delivers wonderful cloud computing with their Amazon Web Services (AWS). They have found a way to activate virtual computers on demand, run them, deactivate them, and start over again. They have rooms of real computers that they share […]

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Tags: Culture · Employment

Cultural Adjustment and Technology Runaway

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Technology appears to be changing so fast that culture and jobs cannot keep pace. This leads to a large group of people whose newly acquired skills never give birth to a new job. Culture adjusts to technology. The automobile displaced everyone in the horse and buggy industry. The culture and the economy […]

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Tags: Adapting · Change · Culture · Education · Employment · Technology

Last-In, First-Out Requirements

April 13th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I review a requirements-management scheme that indicates no requirements management. I once worked in an organization that built systems. Everyone worked very hard and very long hours. There was one problem: We never delivered a single system Why not? The problem was with managing requirements. Each month we held a requirements meeting. […]

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Tags: Management · Requirements · Systems


April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips We all say that we are people of integrity. But are we? I hate to write this blog post. I know I hate to do it because I have been meaning to write it for seven or eight years, but still haven’t done it. Well, here goes. We like to say that […]

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Tags: Integrity · Management · Meetings · Observation

Can’t versus Don’t Want To

April 6th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A recent experience with a customer-service organization illustrates how much of today’s “can’t” is merely “I don’t want to.” The topic of this blog is nothing new. That is one of my frustrations as this is an old habit that I wish and wish had gone away in today’s world of inter-networked […]

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Tags: Expectations · Life · People

The Ever-Growing Digital Divide

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The digital divide grows wider as the almost plutocrats are educating their kids in a way that will make the kids the true plutocrats of tomorrow. It appears that many who have become rich in today’s technical world are educating their kids at home. They have every right to do so, and […]

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Tags: Education