Archive for the ‘insights’ Category

on tipping

Let me preface by saying that tipping, as such, in the US and Canada is messed up. There is no reason for businesses to not pay their staff to do their jobs. I shouldn’t be “expected” to supplement their employer’s miserly pay by tipping. But, since that’s how it currently works, I want to share [...]

February 14, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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what should a professional services group’s goal(s) be?

Should it be as a revenue stream? Or can it be far, far more? Every place I have worked since getting into professional services back in early 2008 has viewed the goal of the organization as making money by performing services. Whether or not the customer was happy, something useful was delivered, whether a relationship [...]

October 25, 2013 · antipaucity · One Comment
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unsales

I am a huge believer in unsales. And not in the pharmaceutical industry sense. Because “shipping is a feature“, and because I intensely dislike the “do it for me, then hand me the keys”, I routinely follow the unsales methodology. What is unsales? It is [almost] only selling what a customer can use today. I want [...]

October 22, 2013 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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new documentation should always augment the status quo

In my line of work, I often need to create documentation for clients. Documentation in general is a Good Thing™. But good documentation’s goal should always be to augment and improve upon what already exists – not to supplant, downgrade, or muddle what already exists. A prime example of this has come up with a [...]

October 9, 2013 · antipaucity · One Comment
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evaluating “work from home” “opportunities”

It seems the number of advertised “work from home” “opportunities has gone ever higher since the advent of prolific social networking. A not insignificant portion of these opportunities really are legitimate – 31, Avon, Mary Kay … – but a lot of them at the very least feel scammy. The good ones tell you everything you [...]

July 25, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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check your home, auto, and plp insurance policies

Every few months to year I take a look around to see if anyone can give me a better rate on my auto & renters’ (home) insurance. This month, after 3 years, I found a carrier who could knock about $60 a month off my payment *and* give me more coverage. Interesting things I learned [...]

July 23, 2013 · antipaucity · One Comment
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zombies and vampires

Many people recently have asked me why I like [some] zombie and vampire stories (and, more generally, why they’re so popular right now), and after taking the time to think carefully on the topic and explain it to them in person, I thought I’d do my 3 readers a favor and write it out here [...]

July 15, 2013 · antipaucity · 4 Comments
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automation {gp}

The way people moved up the ladder in IT during my early days (starting in 1975) was to take on new projects that allowed them time to master the new software and become the local expert. As you became the local expert on many new software products, management became very comfortable giving you more and [...]

June 7, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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this is not the year of the linux desktop

2013 will not be the YoLD. Nor will 2014. Or 2015. This will be a shock to the fanatical FLOSS heads out there. But not to me. I’ve never thought that “this will be the year of the Linux desktop” – regardless of how many magazine, journal, blog, and other articles have been published about [...]

June 4, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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deadline by mira grant

I read Feed (review) a few weeks ago, and just finished the 2d installment in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy, Deadline. The frenetic pace of book 1 was upped a level in book 2 (along with some more language). Mira is a fantastic author, and I cannot wait to read Blackout (it’s on my library queue). [...]

June 3, 2013 · antipaucity · No Comments
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