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December, 2008


December 31, 2008  10:45 AM

Goodbye to 2008



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Single person business, work-life balance

I don't know about you, but this year has simply flown by for me!  It has been a year of challenges personally as well as professionally, I guess that means I'm "normal" after all :-) At the close of each year I truly like to take a look back at where I was at the start of the year, and where I...

December 31, 2008  2:36 AM

The “Paperless” Office — Myth or Real Possibility?



Posted by: SJC
Green IT, IT Management, paperless office

Let's face it -- paper is not going away!  The "Paperless" office is a myth!  However, what is a real possibility is the office with "less paper" -- and there are many indications that it is happening.  I just can't imagine a time when managers that I've worked with will not want their "hard...


December 30, 2008  10:39 PM

Observations from my 2009 Crystal Ball



Posted by: SJC
IT Business, IT Management, IT Skills

I figure I might as well join the ranks of the forecasters for the upcoming year -- heck, what good is a New Year if not to look ahead at what might be?  My 2009 crystal ball is multi-colored and multi-dimensional, pointing to the need for IT talent with a wide range of skills.  Given the...


December 29, 2008  3:00 PM

Accelerated ERP Implementation Risks



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, ERP, Implementation Planning, IT administration, IT Management

To this day (...and possibly forever) I remember August 1, 1999 not with fond memories, but rather with a complex set of emotions which begin a churning upset in my stomach.  The day was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable days of my life for its stress level.  It was the perfect example...


December 29, 2008  11:20 AM

Power and Dollar Savings for IT



Posted by: SJC
Green IT, IT administration, IT Management

Green IT -- the very name for me conjurs up images of a lush field in Vermont on a sunny day -- the air is clear and clean -- just a beautiful sight!  Then from there my images go to the "long green" currencies which I've had in my hand, and surely the saving of the "long green" speaks loud and...


December 26, 2008  11:00 PM

Backup Strategy and Disaster Recovery



Posted by: SJC
Backup Strategy, disaster recovery planning

Nobody that I know disagrees about the value and need for reliable backups.  Regardless of company size, having backups in place that protect company data is essential, yet recent writings and surveys seem to indicate that very few disaster recovery plans are tested for their effectiveness.  In...


December 26, 2008  9:17 PM

User Flexibility vs Simplicity



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT administration, Software Quality, User Interface

Once again I have found myself really struggling with what seems to be conflicting requirements for an application currently being developed.  I have blogged on more than one occasion here that to create an application which "hides" the complexity of its workings from its users is no trivial task,...


December 23, 2008  1:17 PM

Unsavory Justice – Julie Amero vs Connecticut



Posted by: SJC
Law, malware, Security

Perhaps I've had my head buried too deeply into code over the past 4 years or so, but it wasn't until this morning that I became aware of this unfortunate event playing out less than 100 miles from my home.  Since I blog only here, don't have a MySpace, rarely purchase on-line and seldom visit...


December 22, 2008  2:11 AM

Shortcuts, Nightmares and Reboots



Posted by: SJC
Software Quality, Software testing, update problems, version conflicts

I've just recently read a couple of posts in a newsgroup which reminded me of a few nightmares I've created for myself as a result of taking a shortcut (or two).  One of the situations was regarding changes made to a working server (...and of course one doesn't want to reboot said server after...


December 17, 2008  10:58 PM

The Danger of Over Simplication



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT Management, Software maintenance

How many times have you heard "I have an easy request for you..." from either users or the non-technical manager with no concept of what it takes to create an integrated software application?  Most of us that have been up and down the development block have experienced this I'm sure, and also...


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