Author Archives for j.ello

4 (Uncommon) Habits for Better IT, part 2


Jump to part 1… II - Use the Resources you have - Damn, if I had a nickel for every organization that bleeds money on unimplemented technology and underutilized, or more accurately “inappropriately utilized” staff… Companies, the world over, could save billions in IT, and operational costs, if they just used what they already have.  It doesn’t matter if you’re Unix […]

4 (Uncommon) Habits for Better IT, part 1


Jump to part 2… I’ve seen my share of IT gone wrong, and I pay attention when it does.  Sure, the problems and solutions may seem obvious, “do good, don’t do evil” as a CIO colleague of mine likes to say… but making the conscious effort to recognize and stand up for the most critical values […]

New Look


I took a little break and finalized the new look of Tech Op/Ed.  I’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress.  I liked Blogger, but the New Blogger engine isn’t very friendly to external hosting… so it’s great if I want to run my blog from Blogger’s site, but not from my own domain.  So I started using […]

j.ello on IT Part 8: pWNing IT Management


Yes, I could devote every article to the pervasiveness of bad IT management and it’s chilling effects on business, but it depresses me and it’s time to move on, so we’ll wrap that up today.  The next article will be on how to fix IT gone bad… tips anyone can use to restore the value […]

"Here’s your dorm key and your RIAA bill…"


RIAA institutes collective billing practices? – If you managed to miss this week’s RIAA wrangling, you probably don’t use the internet.  Here’s the skinny: The RIAA has sent 405 so-called “pre-litigation” e-mails in various quantities to a group of 23 selected universities.  The RIAA has asked each university to identify and pass on the appropriate e-mail to […]

j.ello on IT Part 7: Who’s dealing with your s***?


Who da man? – What does it matter that the top IT leaders of today are more and more akin to the Pointed-Haired Boss instead of the Pocket-Protectored Practitioners of the past? An IT department is just a commodity service provided by a collection of people needing to be supervised, so any MBA will do… right? Well, interestingly enough, the […]

j.ello on IT Part 6: Being Great at Everything But the Job


CIO Magazine has an archive of issues stretching back to 1994.  If you want to know what’s been on the minds of IT leaders over the last decade, CIO Magazine is a definitive source.  Notable among their works are the CIO Surveys.  After a decade of unparalleled innovation in computing, one might expect that the role of the IT […]

New Geek Haiku


There are surprisingly few computer geek haikus (Haiku/Haikus? My Tao is weak on Haiku pluralization) out there, and most are over a decade old.  Here are some j.ello originals. If you like them, Digg ‘em & I’ll bring more.  And yes, Digg, you can use the I-Ching one. 12/03 - Welcome to the [H]ardOCP gang!  I’m flattered to make the […]

j.ello on IT Part 5: Gardening with a Flamethrower.


Mistaking good values for good values – There are a few themes that I’ll go back to over and over again. Here is one: “Your IT is a reflection of your organization’s values.” That’s a good thing, right? You organization values the work it does, those it employs and those it serves, so if your […]

Tech Moronique: Identity theft, the HP way.


I was thinking to myself about how many setbacks the industry has had in the last few years, and how all those setbacks have a face… so I want to take a quick break, and celebrate the poster children of retrograde progress.  This month, Patricia Dunn.   I truly wish I could have been a fly on the […]