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Entries from January 2018

Tools and Abilities

January 21st, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Just because you have a tool in your toolkit doesn’t mean you know what to do with it. Tools tools tools. Everyone in the tech world has lots of tools. If you don’t have a list of tools on your resume, you aren’t hired. Let’s go through some obvious things: Just because […]

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Tags: Certification · Competence · Concepts · Technology

The Night Clerk Fixed My Android Tablet

January 18th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Another instance of “don’t judge a book by its cover” slaps me in the face. I bought my wife an Android tablet for Christmas. If you know my wife, you will need a couple of minutes to regain your composure and resume breathing. Okay, we continue. I, being the smart computing person […]

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Tags: America · Education · Learning · Notice

Everyone but Us

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Old adage, but still true. Something about pointing a finger at someone else means you have three fingers pointing at myself. The News Channel (fill in with your favorite news channel that you dislike) reports that corporations are greedy and only want more money. Of course, The News Channel is itself a […]

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Tags: Excuses · Work

Graduate School (concepts) vs Trade School (tools)

January 11th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If we could keep concepts and tools separate…well maybe the world would be a better place. There is graduate school: learn concepts and how to extend concepts. There is trade school: learn how to use a tool to do a job. Hmmm, these two sound different, different enough that we wouldn’t confuse […]

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Tags: Concepts · Tools

We Like Agile, Until We Don’t

January 8th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In Agile Development, we are supposed to talk to one another each day. Sometimes, however, we just didn’t sign up for this talking stuff. In Agile Development, we are supposed to talk to other persons. We are supposed to sit next to other persons and work with them. All of us are […]

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Tags: Agility · Communication · Culture · Programming

Take a Nap (you have my permission)

January 4th, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Go ahead; we all know it is the best thing to do. Take a nap. A man at work struggling to read something and stay awake. Something was happening physically, low blood sugar or something like a gizzard malfunction. Sleep kept trying to drop a black hood over his head. He fought […]

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Tags: Nap · Rest · Work

The Hiring Circle of Nonsense

January 1st, 2018 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips What do companies want from job candidates? I wish they would make up their mind, but I’m just that kind of person. Let’s go around this little goofy circle Companies won’t hire you unless you walk in with a certificate, a.k.a., a college degree. Companies don’t like what colleges teach (see link) […]

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Tags: Decide · Education