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The Unspoken Truth About Managing Geeks

This article was published on ComputerWorld on September 8, 2009 –   I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: "Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral […]

VirtualBox 3.0 Beta: Finally something exciting in desktop virtualization

  Sure, but can it run Excel? – The 3d animator in me appreciates big iron, massive compute clusters and grid computing.  As my compatriots at Pixar and LucasFilm will attest, there is NEVER enough computing power for what we want to do. But my day job is to handle the computing needs of a […]

Finding oneself, lost, in plain sight: Distress calls for satellite imagery

News, Movies, and The Life Random – A little about how my brain works: I was watching the news, hearing about those football players lost at sea, and I saw how big and obvious the overturned boat looked from the video.  Then I thought of the movie Cast Away, wondering just what I would do […]

The real meaning of Comcast generosity

  In the old days – 10 years ago, I entered the "broadband" world as a DSL customer with GTE.  I started at 768 kbit/s service, and it was about $35/mo.  A lot has happened since then, GTE spat out Verizon, and eventually offered more speed for the same money.  Cable modem service was pretty […]

Two Weeks Touching It (The Sprint Touch)

Six months ago I got a sneek peek at the iPhone.  A beautiful piece of machinery lacking only in 3 critical places:  It is a 21st century network device tied to a stone-age cellular network.  Its on-screen keyboard is clumsy (though far better than others up to that point).  It is a new OS and […]

ID Theft, Good for Business

On their web site, the FTC estimates that "as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year."  There are 300 million people in the US… you can do the math.  On average, they say, you will likely be impacted by identity crime several times during your life. In the IT world, we’ve […]

The iPhone is Great! (For Everyone Else)

Stephen Colbert may not be able to get his hand on an iPhone, but yours truly can. :)  (Sorry Stephen, but you’re still our #1 American). I spent some hands-on time with the iPhone a couple days ago and came away with the same general impression that most have had up to this point, except […]

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 […]

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 […]