InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Mon, 29 May 2017 04:20:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Project Management Politics http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-politics/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:20:52 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-politics/ An article in the June 2006 issue of PM Network discusses the political waters that a project manager must navigate regardless of company, project, or location. A sidebar in the article makes for a good summary. Follow-Up After informal and verbal communications, send a friendly [...]

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Project Management Fundamentals http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-fundamentals/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:14:59 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/project-management-fundamentals/ The following discussion about project management has been pulled together from various sources including books, courses, presentations, and my own experiences. This is by no means intended to be a complete treatment of the subject of project management. Nor is it going to make you [...]

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Free PowerPoint Templates http://infolific.com/technology/careers/free-powerpoint-templates/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:10:14 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/free-powerpoint-templates/ There's no question that PowerPoint is ubiquitous in corporate America. And because it is so widely used (and overused I might add), everyone wants their presentation to be unique. So their first step, after cycling through the templates installed with the program, is to search [...]

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Projects Are Strategy http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/projects-are-strategy/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:00:03 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/projects-are-strategy/ The column builds on the fundamental principle that many of the challenges stem from the fact that project management is not the primary purpose of organizations, and never will be. Companies are created, structured and run primarily to deliver operational products and services. Projects, however, [...]

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Windows UI Tweaker http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/windows-ui-tweaker/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:47:05 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/windows-ui-tweaker/ I try to stick to writing about software that I use a lot myself. I figure that's the best way to make sure that my recommendations are meaningful. But sometimes I come across a program that I know some people will like, something that I [...]

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Sample Cold Calling Phone Script http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/sample-cold-calling-phone-script/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:32:59 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/sample-cold-calling-phone-script/ Phone Script: Outline for Effective Outbound Communications Leaving the voicemail. Name: Hello, I am _______________. I am calling from: [COMPANY] a local, [LOCATION] Company founded in [YEAR]. We are dedicated to helping companies be more effective on the Web by driving greater results and efficiencies [...]

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Free Windows Startup Manager http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-windows-startup-manager/ Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:07:41 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/free-windows-startup-manager/ It's typical for computer users to install more and more programs the longer they use their computers. There's just so much interesting software out there that it is inevitable that you'll find some of them. The problem is that many software makers think that their [...]

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Professional Software Development http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:55:29 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Years ago I read Code Complete from Steve McConnell. It is one of my favorite software development books that isn't programming language specific. I think it's such a great piece of work that whenever a client of mine starts to talk about coding standards, I [...]

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Two Project Management Metaphors http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:52:13 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ I recently got through the book, The Blind Men and the Elephant by David Schmaltz. The sub-heading of this book is “mastering project work”. That, along with recommendations from others, prompted me to buy the book expecting to read about processes and techniques for managing [...]

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Fixed Bid Follies http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:20:24 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ A couple of months ago, my family was in the mood for a change. We had some extra money lying around after paying for our trip to Ireland (highly recommended, btw), so we decided to invest in some home improvements. As a general policy, I [...]

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