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Change is a Monster!

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Welcome to the inner sanctum. My remote office away from home across the wet, muddy path that leads to the shed within a shed. A fortress of solitude where one can contemplate complex and fascinating problems that have baffled even the most brilliant intellectual sectors. Under a dimly lit LED that reflects off the 70's SciFi influenced aluminum foil bubble wrap that insulates each wall, I toil away as the wind howls, thunderclaps, and rain beats against the outer hull. (for this inner sanctum reminds me of a ship adrift on a sea of perplexities) Well used computers and monitors display multiple terminal screens of data. Information on many things relegated to the command line or the shell - some trivial and some of the intrigue. Processed bits and bytes of standard output regardi...
Life after the first wave

Life after the first wave

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As workers begin to return to the office some companies are rethinking their office layouts, occupancy numbers, and even locations. The new way of working around minimal distance restrictions and partitioned workspaces will evolve. Power, plumbing, and network routes may need to be updated or completely redesigned. Office layouts that were initially designed to foster collaboration now appear as precarious breeding grounds for contagion. Office designs from a bygone era where closed offices with doors and tall cubicles for single work desk occupancy - which were looked down upon as isolation and divisional, now are being rethought just for the ability to create areas of productive serenity. Today we refer to these designs as safety barriers and mitigation management enhancemen...

In Case of Winter Storm – Eat Chili

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On cold miserable days, nothing beats a hot bowl of chili. Yes, hot coffee will help warm you up while sitting in front of your computer, but slowly savoring each hot spoonful of chili while you review your work on the screen is a very nice complement. The wind, sleet, and cold may be pounding against the outside of your shelter, be it an office, home, apartment, ship, shop, truck, or possibly trailer, but a great cup or bowl of chili can give some well deserved comfort. Sitting or standing in front of your computer screens can get cold if your not getting up and moving around much...if you can. I love having a hot cup of coffee and some spicy chili take the edge off the cold days and nights.Sometimes when you get so wrapped up working on something, be it a solution to a problem, or build...

Days Grow Shorter

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The great push to get all timely side projects done before the Holidays begins. “The September and October surge” tasks I know I should start before the snow and ice sweep across the land.Summer is over and suddenly, as if by total surprise, approaching seasonal imposed deadlines become priority. “Didn’t I just come off the Spring - Summer surge?” It’s the yearly temperature influenced push that some might misinterpret as productivity preparedness. If you plan on working within some level of comfort from the cold you should start thinking about things you can do before the weather changes. Pace yourself and avoid the last minute frenzy. Most likely there will be a few late nights where the wind will be howling and the cold will have to be kept at bay in order to focus on work. Maybe now i...

Minding the Machine

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Most computer systems aren’t much good if they are not provisioned, maintained, or applied effectively to perform a task or set of objectives.For the most part this can all get very complicated or simplified depending on how everything is coordinated from data in to data out. A lot of human intervention still prevails as the norm in such a way that human error often becomes the weak link in the chain. The opportunity for human error must be minimized in many different operational applications. Simplified - it’s not too unreasonable to think a human could impact a system in such a way as to render it unstable or unreliable.It is true that bad applications can be built on poorly structured code, but usually that code was written by an individual or individuals that could impart one’s ineptn...