Crossing the career chasm on your way to a VP position

So, there you are, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, clutching your fresh and clean sheepskin for your Computer Science degree from Anywhere University. Unless you are brilliant enough, AND ESPECIALLY lucky enough, to start your own...

10/24/11

I have finally found America’s worst website

Well, after years of often pointlessly scanning what must amount to thousands of websites, I think I might have finally stumbled upon the most worthless one of all. Not only is its content truly banal, but I think its very existence...

10/10/11

6 new phone apps for old IT pros

I think that mobile phones are one of the best technical inventions of the age. However, I am also one of those individuals who think that they should ONLY be necessary for actually making phone calls, or occasionally doing email and...

09/26/11

Organizational degeneration

I had a previous rant about how to be safe in a start-up environment, and to continue this particular theme, I'd like to wax somewhat lyrical about what can happen in start-ups as they grow. If you know the signs, you can sometimes...

09/12/11

Programming: Old school versus new school

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about ‘the good old days' and gave all us Geezers a chance to reminisce. I have to admit that a lot of the comments I got from that blog stirred a whole host of memories for me about my early career,...

08/29/11

High-tech job security through start ups and downs

When I was growing up, I always liked Aesop's Fables.  I recognized them as a set of wonderfully bucolic analogies which, even 2,500 years after they were written, are appropriate to the issues and problems confronting modern...

08/15/11

You might be a has-been if ...

I have always been a fan of Jeff Foxworthy and love his "You might be a redneck if ..." type of humor. It came to my attention some years ago, during my inevitable aging process, that there is that sad moment when we geezers realize...

08/01/11

YouTube good. Video news bad.

I have been a fan of YouTube since their early days, and with my increasing disdain for 'social networking' sites and their mind-numbing fascination with meaningless trivia, I still find it to be one of the few 'popular' websites...

07/18/11

Education and the future of high-tech

There have been a whole slew of articles recently about the current ‘Reverse Brain Drain', particularly with regards to high-tech skills. When I came to this country in 1980, the ‘Brain Drain' had been in full swing for some decades,...

07/05/11

Why do computer screens on TV never look real?

I am already an admitted geek, so let me also admit to the fact that every few years or so, whether I need it or not, I will watch what I consider to be one of the best (if not THE best) science fiction films ever made ... 2001: A...

06/20/11

How to make video games more realistic

Since this is an arena constantly filled with opportunities, it's time for another rant against violent video games. In my first one, I lamented the negative effects they have on our younger generations. The continuous play causes...

06/06/11

Meetings, meetings, meetings and even more meetings

I went to a big, corporate-style meeting the other day for the first time in a while. Actually, I used to spend almost all of my time in these meetings and you know the kind I'm talking about. A giant conference table with room for...

05/23/11

IT consultants: A little advice to the aspiring professional ..., part 2

I thought I would carry on with my rant from last time about IT Consultants. This is such a rich field about which to complain that there may even be a part 3 and 4, and for those of you who wondered about why you had to be...

05/09/11

IT consultants: The good, the bad and the downright incompetent, part 1

I have spent a large portion of my career either as an IT consultant or hiring IT consultants, and for the purposes of this particular blog, I would like to rant about one type in particular. I don’t really have anything to say at...

04/25/11

An acronym, by any other name ...

A while ago, we were trying to come up with a catchy marketing name for a new web site idea. Someone finally came up with UTOPIA. Dramatic and meaningful, medieval and visionary, deep and motivational. I asked her if she was...

04/11/11

The good old days of the dotcom boom

One of the wonderful things about being old (and grouchy) is that one can always see backwards through rose-colored spectacles and remember "the good old days". Today is one of those rare days when I don't really have much to rant...

03/27/11

Twitter -- inside the mind of the intellectually challenged

Growing up during the 50s and 60s, 'twit' was always used as a mildly derogatory term for someone who was (as defined by the dictionary) a ‘silly or annoying person'. Well, that just about sums up the whole Twitter/twit/tweet thing...

03/14/11

Video game manufacturers have no social conscience

My wife's eldest daughter is stationed at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and last month her partner was killed by a sniper's bullet. Even before this horror, one of her first calls home was to advise her siblings to stop...

02/28/11

Texting -- goodbye English, we once loved you

Lots of comments have been made about the dangers of texting, as demonstrated by the statistics from the National Safety Council that 28% of accidents are caused by texting motorists, so I won't rehash these old arguments. Instead,...

02/14/11

Mobile phones and the sound of silence

I have to admit that mobile phones are one of the biggest blessings that technology has brought to us, but I think everyone with any intelligence would also concede that they are one of THE most annoying technical gadgets ever...

01/31/11

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