InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:41:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Proposal Process: Lessons Learned http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/proposal-process-lessons/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 01:23:38 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/proposal-process-lessons/ Recently, I had the displeasure of bidding on a contract for a client who I am now convinced missed the “Reality Train” years ago. The experience has taught me a few lessons, good and bad, that I thought would be useful to pass along; Especially [...]

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Hiding Your Job Search From Your Current Employer http://infolific.com/technology/careers/hiding-your-job-search-from-your-current-employer/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 01:18:46 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/hiding-your-job-search-from-your-current-employer/ Not too long ago I was talking to a friend about the job search process in general and the use of job boards in particular. He had a concern about posting his resume on the job boards because he felt confident that his current employer [...]

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Social Media Email Alerts for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/social-media-email-alerts-for-wordpress/ Mon, 03 Jul 2017 01:14:32 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/social-media-email-alerts-for-wordpress/ Introduction Have you ever noticed that your site was submitted to social media sites, but only days after the submission? Ever wished you had known about the submission so you take measures to increase the visibility of the submission? By settng up rules that are [...]

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Feedback from Fellow Project Managers http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/feedback-from-fellow-project-managers/ Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:05:14 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/feedback-from-fellow-project-managers/ I sometimes get e-mails from those in or trying to get in to the field of project management. Here are a couple of the recent ones with the names changed in respect of their privacy. Aside from the kind words, I think it could re-assuring [...]

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Independent Consulting Guide: Marketing Yourself http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-marketing-yourself/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:04:03 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-marketing-yourself/ Based on the overwhelming positive feedback that I got from Part 1 of my Going Independent series (sans the usual few naysayers that hate me in general more than the topics about which I write), I gather that there is definitely a lot of interest [...]

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Making Money from Open Source Software http://infolific.com/technology/making-money-from-open-source-software/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:50:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/making-money-from-open-source-software/ When you think of open source software, you don't generally think of companies making money from it. True, there are some pretty big players such as Red Hat that distribute and support versions of Linux to corporations. But they used to be few and far [...]

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Five Decision Making Traps http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-decision-making-traps/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:44:35 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-decision-making-traps/ Meetings are the mainstay of corporate of America. After all, if we actually spent our time doing productive things instead of meeting, we'd run out of things to do which isn't particular good for our job security. All kidding aside, I'm bringing up the topic [...]

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How Managers Cope With Information Overload http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/how-managers-cope-with-information-overload/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:37:24 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/how-managers-cope-with-information-overload/ Information is the business resource that tells managers how effectively their other resources (material, human, and financial) are being combined and used. On the surface, it's hard to argue that more information could be bad. And yet today's managers often find themselves trapped in an [...]

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Common Consulting Mistakes http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/common-consulting-mistakes/ Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:29:27 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/common-consulting-mistakes/ At the beginning stages of a consulting engagement, there are ample opportunities to make mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes at such an early stage in a project can often become magnified later in the process and can lead to disastrous results. Here's a list from Brown & [...]

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Platforms Beat Applications http://infolific.com/technology/platforms-beat-applications/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:26:50 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/platforms-beat-applications/ Just about every time Microsoft has bested a rival, it has been because they played the platform card. With a platform, Microsoft was able to eliminate even the most dominant applications. For example, Windows, the platform, allowed Microsoft to displace Lotus 1-2-3 with Excel, WordPerfect [...]

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Independent Consulting Guide: Breaking Away http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-breaking-away/ Sat, 27 May 2017 00:16:35 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/independent-consulting-guide-breaking-away/ The hardest part about eating sushi for the first time is actually convincing yourself to do it. You know that lots of other people are doing it and find the experience to be tremendously rewarding, but you're afraid that if you try it yourself, you're [...]

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Ultimate Category Excluder for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/ultimate-category-excluder-for-wordpress/ Tue, 09 May 2017 23:55:29 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/ultimate-category-excluder-for-wordpress/ Ultimate Category Excluder (UCE) is a WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and easily exclude categories from your front page, archives, feeds, and searches. Just select which categories you want to be excluded and UCE does all the work for you! You can download [...]

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, A Great Presenter http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/dr-mehmet-oz-a-great-presenter/ Wed, 03 May 2017 23:45:22 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/dr-mehmet-oz-a-great-presenter/ I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Dr. Mehmet Oz. For those not familiar with him, Dr. Oz is a heart surgeon, book author, proponent of preventative medicine, and a repeat guest of the Oprah show. Aside from the medical information that I [...]

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Virus Hits Client http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/virus-hits-client/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:38:04 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/virus-hits-client/ One of my clients has been hit with the new MSBlaster virus that affects Windows operating systems. From everything I've read, the virus doesn't do any damage to the user's machine. But for some reason I'm unable to launch Visual Basic. And a bunch of [...]

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Technical Aptitude Not Enough http://infolific.com/technology/careers/technical-aptitude-not-enough/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:26:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/technical-aptitude-not-enough/ Gartner has recently re-enforced something I've suspected for quite sometime: technical aptitude is no longer enough to secure a future for IT professionals. That should be a pretty scary statement for a majority of the IT folks out there who generally like to be left [...]

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Add Any Extension to Pages for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/add-any-extension-to-pages-for-wordpress/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:14:27 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/add-any-extension-to-pages-for-wordpress/ Coming soon…

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Free File Encryption http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-file-encryption/ Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:09:35 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-file-encryption/ Data security shouldn't just be a concern for corporations. I think everyone should take steps to guard their data especially since more and more of the really important stuff exists in digital form. Even if you feel confident that your data is secure behind a [...]

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These Machines Will Harvest Your Energy – For A Good Cause http://infolific.com/technology/machines-harvest-your-energy/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:04:57 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/machines-harvest-your-energy/ Our cyborg future is here and it may involve something ominous called “bioharvesting”. At one extreme, an Israeli designer is using what she calls “invasive jewelry” to harvest kinetic energy from the body. Naomi Kizhner's design concept called EnergyAddicts (spotted on Beautiful/Decay) consists of jewelry [...]

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The Road To Organizational Change http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-road-to-organization-change/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:02:59 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-road-to-organization-change/ The road to organizational change is an odd one: both well traveled and unfamiliar at the same time. The intensity of resistance, the many bumps and potholes and the sense of isolation all too often lead one to surmise that the road is one seldom [...]

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Improved Include Page Plugin for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/include-page-plugin-for-wordpress/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:58:35 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/include-page-plugin-for-wordpress/ Improved Include Page (IIP) allows you to use a shortcode to include the content of any page inside any other page or post. This makes it easier to manage content that needs to be published in multiple pages. You can download this plugin from the [...]

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Free FTP Server http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-ftp-server/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:51:07 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-ftp-server/ I recently wanted to backup a large number of files while traveling. These files also happened to be rather large (hi-resolution photos) so simply e-mailing them to myself wasn't going to work. This wasn't the first time I've wanted to send files to my home [...]

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Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies http://infolific.com/technology/ask-me-no-questions-and-ill-tell-you-no-lies/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:47:00 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/ask-me-no-questions-and-ill-tell-you-no-lies/ I often get requests from students about technology-related homework and projects they are working on. Usually the questions are short and as far as I can tell the students are just looking for quick answers. The other day I received an e-mail from an IT [...]

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Software Isn't a House http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/software-isnt-a-house/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:39:44 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/methodologies/software-isnt-a-house/ I came across a discussion recently (I can't remember where) about how the typical comparison between writing software and building a house is flawed. The article was pretty compelling, pointing out that because a building is something very tangible and physical, it doesn't actually compare [...]

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Five Ways that Decisions are Made http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-ways-that-decisions-are-made/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:35:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/five-ways-that-decisions-are-made/ There are 5 ways in which a particular action is decided upon. This is pretty obvious stuff, but as with many obvious things, it sometimes bears repeating. And I also think it helps to recognize how things get done around you and perhaps to examine [...]

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What Drives Organizational Success? http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/what-drives-organizational-success/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:27:07 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/what-drives-organizational-success/ Business is, at its heart, a rational beast. It operates according to rules, policies, logic and habit. The ability to think in a reasoned, logical and coherent manner is one that is highly prized up and down the org chart. Passion, for the most part, [...]

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