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March 14th, 2011

PM Gone Wrong – The “Offsite”

Comments Off on PM Gone Wrong – The “Offsite”, Management, Project Management, Technology, by CmputrAce.

I got this note from a friend who was on a project that was out of control. This is one example. I’m really torn about this… There are over 250 hourly contractors on this IT project of about 450 people that are being required to attend three-day offsite meeting by the contracting company. This wouldn’t be a problem except that:

March 9th, 2011

On Being a Manager

Comments Off on On Being a Manager, Management, by CmputrAce.

or, How to Really Motivate Your Employees or, The Best People Manager Doesn’t Even Manage People They once called me Colonel Kurtz. Mind you, I’ve never seen “Apocalypse Now”, so someone had to explain to me why that should be derogatory. I guess I can see why some people considered me dangerous… I upset the ox cart. I changed the rules and I won. Mind you, I didn’t break the law or even do anything immoral. What I did was my job and that bothered them. I just didn’t do my job their way.

Gateway Model: C140XL with Fingerprint reader Part No: 2905964R Model (on PC): TA7 I purchased this Tablet PC in January 2008, and of all the laptops I have ever had, I have to say that this has been the closest to my ideal Portable Do-It-All Information Management Device of all the laptops / notebooks / PDAs I have ever owned, and I have owned a LOT.

March 9th, 2011

The Non-Dimensionality of Time – My Contribution to Geek Pride Day

Comments Off on The Non-Dimensionality of Time – My Contribution to Geek Pride Day, Science/Math, by CmputrAce.

Jim Baker We cannot travel through time because it is not a dimension. It is merely the measurement of movement. Sun 11:39pm · Comment · Like · Hide Feedback (32) James Baker at 1:40am May 25 I want to slap someone everytime I hear them refer to time as a dimension.

March 9th, 2011

The Origin of the Buddy List

Comments Off on The Origin of the Buddy List, News, Products, Software, Technology, by CmputrAce.

Did you ever wonder who actually invented the “buddy list” that has become so ubiquitous on computers worldwide? I guess it was a couple of years ago while chatting with a “buddy” who I have known online since 1987 that it hit me: I invented the “buddy list”!The documentation for AOTools tells the story about how I got the idea.Quick note: The documentation shown here is for the last version of AOTools that I released in 1992 to work with AOL v.2. I created the first AOTools for AOL v.1 with all the same features. The first version worked on Windows 3.0, and I initially developed it using a beta version of Visual Basic. I was an early beta tester for several Microsoft projects.