Marketing and Psychology

With my new position as an IT Manager I have gotten more involved in psychology and how people behave in person as well as online.  So this article on Priming and User Interfaces caught my attention because it exposed several concepts which I never thought of, how images and text can influence people. It also […]

Systems Analysis

I’ve gotten into watching TED talks at home and have found the business category.  All of them are good, but one which I found particularly interesting, since I like Systems Analysis was one titled “An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Wicked Problem Solving”.  It explains the process and components of analyzing a system and, although […]

Could be used for good, or Evil…

I ran across an open source product today which is designed for web application testing and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget about it; Selenium.  It allows a person to develop scripts to automate their browser.  Very interesting concept because, like I said, it would be great for testing web applications after software […]

Monterey Bay Student Services

An acquaintance wanted to have a web site specifically for a bit of marketing and allowing online form submission.  I created this site for him using WordPress, a theme he selected and the Contact Form 7 plugin.  Unfortunately the images he provided were not super high resolution, but he was happy with the result.

Automation

I’m all for automating routine tasks when it makes sense, when the time it takes to develop the automation is less than the amount of time it takes to perform the task. I found this chart a while ago and it has been sitting on my desk for a while. I finally decided to add […]

Good Leadership

Yea, the title is a bit biased, but that is why it is a personal blog, so I can talk about my personal bias.  I am currently taking an EdX MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on Leadership and one of the links they provided piqued my interest.  It’s a TED talk about something I like to […]

The Evolution of Databases

I first learned about Databases and SQL years ago when relational database and flat files where the only options for data storage.  Since then I had heard about NoSQL and document databases but I did not understand them or why anyone would want to use one.  After attending a webinar today put on by Pentaho (a system […]

Public Speaking/Training

When I was in high school I can’t say I enjoyed or had a knack for public speaking, but I got a lot of practice by being in a public speaking organization (Junior Statesmen of America), so I’m pretty comfortable standing in front of a group.  This practice has helped me when I need to […]

Open Minds in the Workplace

I really connected with this article because, after reading it, it was apparent to me how important it is to have an open mind and a secure ego when dealing with people.  Much of the article is talking about bosses, but it also applies to co-workers and subordinates.  It outlines a philosophy which, I like to believe, […]

Overcoming Resistance to Change

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” ― Heraclitus Many people don’t like change, but if they have a voice in the change, they will be “bought in” and will be more accepting. This is important information for managers, but also for employees who find themselves trying to deal with change that they […]