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Inertia in IT – Changing Hearts and Minds




Tradition isn't just a song from Fiddler on the Roof - IT departments can be too traditional.

Tradition isn't just a song from Fiddler on the Roof – IT departments can be too traditional.

It is ironic that IT departments, whom people would assume would be most comfortable with change, can be in fact some of the most hide-bound corporate employees rigidly bound to traditions and policies that may no longer be relevant to today’s business environment.

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Bring Out Your Dead! Windows XP – Not Dead Yet




As much as Microsoft would love to put Windows XP onto the cart of Dead OS's, Windows XP isn't dead yet.

As much as Microsoft would love to put Windows XP onto the cart of Dead OS's, Windows XP isn't dead yet.

Fans of Monty Python’s Holy Grail will remember the infamous “Bring out your dead – I’m not dead yet” sketch. With the release of Windows 7, Windows XP is the guy saying “I’m not dead yet”, while Microsoft is the guy saying “you will be”.

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The Importance of Labeling




This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

Recently I was labeling some bulk spices in the kitchen larder using a P-Touch Labeler  – can you tell the difference between fennel seed and caraway seed, well neither can I without a label –  And I thought about the times, places, whys and whens I’ve used a P-Touch Labeler and what I put on those labels.

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Thinking About Outsourcing?




Don't get stuck in thought when thinking about outsourcing.

Don't get stuck in thought when thinking about outsourcing.

After hundreds of conversations with CIOs, CFOs and CEOs I noticed a few common threads when discussing outsourcing. 

The first commonality across companies was that rarely was everything in good shape in regards to IT. Because after all, if IT was in good shape all of those C-Level executives would be focusing their attention elsewhere.  The oft-quoted story that applies to most CEOs, and other C-level executives, goes as follows: “when asked what kind of problems they typically see, the CEO said ‘I only get to see or hear about the hard problems, because if they were easy they’d already been solved before they got to me.’”

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Using Obsolete Skills Can Be Fun




This is the classic tool that connects the wires of your phone system or ethernet cable.

This is a classic Punchdown Tool that connects the wires of your phone system or ethernet cable by "Punching" them down to make the connections.

No matter how hard you work to acquire them, some skills eventually become obsolete. But even obsolete skills get dusted off occasionally.  And it’s interesting when those formerly needed skills, that you haven’t used on a daily basis, suddenly become useful at the oddest times and in the oddest places.

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