Originally published April 25, 2020 I ran across an old list of computer error messages written as haiku. (“Haiku”? “Haikus”? Whichever…) They continue to amuse me. The one I recalled was: A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone. I went back to my hard drive and found a few more I had written myself: Is that your… Continue reading Best of, post 5: Stay the patient course. Of little worth is your ire. The network is down.
Originally published April 13, 2021. Sometimes the punch lines for jokes are better than the jokes themselves. Actually, sometimes the jokes aren’t even worth telling. One of the most famous punchlines is, of course, “Wrecked ’em? Dang near killed him!” But that is only tangential to my point. My point is that there are a lot… Continue reading Best of, post 4: Two popsicles and a cup of coffee
MRAnates LLC just released a new version of Code Name Generator™ on the Apple App Store. It will also run on an M1- or M2-based Mac. So, when you need a code name for your secret, or not-so-secret, project, you’ll want to have the Code Name Generator ready to go. “Annoying earwig”? “Expeditious pony”? There… Continue reading Shameless self-promotion: Part 1, Code Name Generator
Originaly published August 17, 2020 here. “You’re on mute.” – Pretty much everybody You’re on a video conference call. You just finished a brilliant defense of your position. The other attendees are stunned into silence at your eloquence. Just before you take a virtual bow, you hear: “You’re on mute.” Mute. That isn’t the four-letter word you were thinking. You… Continue reading Best of, post 3: “You’re on mute”
Originally published September 5, 2020 here. You may remember Bulls**t Bingo or Buzzword Bingo from the late 1990’s. That was a Bingo card with phrases you were likely to hear in the dot com era like “Omnichannel” and “B2B” and “Portal.” Well, this is my take on an updated Bingo card for Video Call Bingo! Feel free… Continue reading Best of, post 2: Bingo!
Originally posted October 15, 2020 here Here is your animal update for the day: I had new internet pulled into my home office. I got tired of fighting with everyone in the neighborhood, and so I sprung for gigabit service. The installer whose name was Elvis (no lie) left the building without completing the installation, so I… Continue reading Best of, post 1: Fox & Hound & Duck?!
An in-depth subject here. Be flexible. Don’t get stuck on one point of view. Work hard and come up with a solution to the deep knee bends.
File this one under “Shameless self-promotion”: When is an IT Executive Really Ready to Retire. Courtesy of Heller Search Associate’s blog.
These date back to at least 1965. Some sources say as early as 1948 or 1954 though. They help with encryption. They are subject to patent US3387396A. They are groovy and fun to look at. Feeling old?
Let me be clear on this one, knowing what these are doesn’t make you old. If you had a player in your car to play these, then that makes you old! What officially killed these was the auto-reverse cassette player. Once there was no need to flip over the cassette, it didn’t matter how many… Continue reading If you know what these are, you are old. Part 21.