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Pickling Picked Peppers Promptly




Antique Mason jars are very similar to today's Mason jars

Antique Mason jars are very similar to today's Mason jars

Fall is well underway in New England which means it time to pick and use or preserve the last of the warm weather crops before the first frosts get to them. 

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Promise and Pitfall of Resume Pruning




Being a substitute teacher required thinking on your feet.

Being a substitute teacher required thinking on your feet.

There comes a time in every professional career when you must prune your resume to tell a more coherent story to potential employers, but that could cause a potential employer to miss the fact that you have  certain skills and experiences which they are seeking. One of my strengths professionally is I have a variety of professional experiences to draw upon but that very strength can be a liability if an employer is looking for a standard career progression and isn’t used to seeing someone who has done a lot of different things professionally.

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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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iPod Ruminations




The Nano now with Video and FM Tuner

The Nano now with Video and FM Tuner

What’s next for Apple? The venerable iPod is almost 8 years old, but it wasn’t always the market maker it is today. For the first three years iPod sales were less than stellar because those first iPods only worked with Apple computers, this at a time when Apple had only 4% of the computer market. Sales reflected that limping along at roughly a million a quarter until the 2004 Christmas Season when the 1st iPod Photo, or 4g iPod to use the lingo, was released in October.  iPod sales caught fire, shifting from an interesting but optional item for the Mac-owning music lover niche to a must-have accessory for everyone.

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AT&T’s Missed Opportunity




It's awesome, but is it cool enough to tolerate a bad cellphone carrier?

It's awesome, but is it cool enough to tolerate a bad cellphone carrier?

iPhone, iPhone, iPhone – some days that’s all I seem to hear. But underneath all the chatter I also hear this ongoing thread: “I wish Verizon had the iPhone because AT&T’s network is just plain awful”  or “I want an iPhone but not with AT&T” or in a boon for Blackberry “I wanted an iPhone but AT&T’s network blows, so I got a Blackberry on Verizon”.

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