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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 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...


November 29, 2008  3:22 PM

Buried in Paper



Posted by: SJC
document management, IT Management, work-life balance

I seem to go through this on a regular basis -- feeling as though I am buried in paper.  Even though I am an independent software development consultant by trade, in trying to keep up with various requirements for accounting, tech articles which apply to my professional needs or personal items...


November 29, 2008  12:50 PM

Not Fun? Why Do IT?



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

While doing some cleanup yesterday I ran across my "spare" bumper sticker which I purchased at a Ben & Jerry's a few summers ago.  At the time I purchased 2 of the stickers because I loved the message so much - 1 for the car I was driving then, and 1 for my next car.  The time has come - next...


November 26, 2008  10:42 PM

Password Management



Posted by: SJC
Application Security, IT Management

We've all seen them -- the little yellow sticky notes pinned up on the workstation board, or attached to a cabinet, or whatever other clearly convenient and visible place that is available -- the ones with username / password combinations scratched on them for all to see!  Is it any wonder that...


November 26, 2008  10:04 PM

Another IT Moment for the Developer



Posted by: SJC
Hardware failure, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Business, network failure

Some years ago I worked very hard to extricate myself from the "hardware" issues which I found myself having to deal with instead of developing -- which (at least most of the time) I love doing!  Dealing with "hardware" however I do NOT love doing.  Then comes the panic call -- customer down,...


November 25, 2008  3:54 PM

Reflections from an IT Guy



Posted by: SJC
CIO, IT administration, IT Management, work-life balance

Somewhere around this time of year I always find myself reflecting upon where I am in forwarding my goals for the year, what I have accomplished professionally, and what I have accomplished personally.  I find myself also looking at the relationships built over the past year, and how I have or...


November 24, 2008  5:08 PM

Holiday Madness



Posted by: SJC
CIO, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Management, Small Business Computing, work-life balance

As we in the U.S. approach our annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations I am reminded once again of the importance of setting priorities for work-life balance.  This came to my attention as I found myself "filling-up" on "things"  (business related) that I could do during the time that my clients...


November 24, 2008  3:32 PM

Data Storage, Government and Computer Systems



Posted by: SJC
Application design, CIO, IT administration

A lengthy article that caught my attention earlier today wrote about concerns that the U.S. Government's new Electronic Records Archives program may not be ready for the big time.  OK, so that really isn't unusual - but - other statements made in the article truly indicate a magnitude of...


November 20, 2008  2:44 PM

Cynical Thoughts of an Independent Software Developer



Posted by: SJC
CIO, humor, Independent software developer, IT Business

My hope is that all my readers will forgive me for my recent lack of blog writing, as I have been very busy on behalf of all independent developers while flying my personal jet (...shown here) to congress to lobby for a bailout bill for...


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