Category Archives: Technology

This thread focuses on unintended consequences of technology and its use.

Computers Are So Rude… What’s the Consequence?

Of course computers are not rude, you need to have some intent or emotion to be rude.   You could argue that the people who write programs are rude, but that is not really the case… in fact they are often … Continue reading

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A World Too Perfect

Today, admittedly, April Fools day, I heard a story from the sports world that for the first time, a major league baseball umpire was over-ruled by a computer.  I’m not a big sports fan so I was a little surprised … Continue reading

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The First Open Source – Ben Franklin?

I am a huge open source proponent, not just because of all the advantages it brings to the world, but also because the community demonstrates a way of doing things that is exciting because it so incredibly successful, surprising and, in … Continue reading

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We Would be Nothing Without Imperfections… Literally!

Stephen Hawkings – Without Imperfections neither you nor I would exist.   In looking at the big-bang, it is clear even to a laymen such as me that the entire universe in all its splendor exists because of minor amounts of … Continue reading

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OK, probably not the most appealing image to start a blog with, but seeing it in the men’s room in a public office building where I sometimes work really got me thinking. Perhaps your first reaction is like mine – how disgusting … Continue reading

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Distance Learning – Great leveler but has its growing pains…

I was certainly excited back in 1998 when my company offered to provide full tuition reimbursement for a new and exciting “distance learning” program. Not only were they willing to pay for the tuition if I my grades were “B” … Continue reading

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Does your Collaboration Environment “Break the Flow?”

I spent quite a few years of my career designing user interfaces. One of the software tools I developed was a service creation environment (SCE) used to build and deploy applications that presented speech and telephony interfaces. I was lucky … Continue reading

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Cost Justification Required

When I book arrangements through my company’s travel software, it has a bunch of rules embedded to help me make the best spending decisions that I can. If I book a hotel that is out of policy – for example … Continue reading

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Loose Coupling – Unraveling that ball of Wires

I was returning from an architectural planning session with a customer who was looking to modernize a very old but very mission-critical application. They had the usual reasons to modernize – hard to leverage newer technologies, hard to find skills … Continue reading

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I have ideas I haven’t even thought of yet!

I have ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. I had a college professor who used this phrase quite negatively. He meant the guy who really had no ideas but considered every thought he had a real jewel. But I … Continue reading

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