InfolificTechnology – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:07:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Do You Have a Good Job? http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:18:45 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ In yesterday's post, I described a few tips for finding a new job. That posting assumed you already knew you wanted a new job. But how to you get to the point of deciding it's time to move on? It's not necessarily an easy thing [...]

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The Seeds of Project Failure http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-seeds-of-project-failure/ Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:51:27 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/the-seeds-of-project-failure/ In Volume 47, Number 11 of the Communications of the ACM, Amrit Tiwana and Mark Keil reported on some results from a study of the relative importance of 6 project risk drivers. They were surprised that the most critical risk driver was actually the choice [...]

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Successful IT Operations http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/successful-it-operations/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:47:41 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/successful-it-operations/ Bill Vass, CIO of Sun Microsystems took some time to relate 10 essentials for successful IT operations. The list appeared in the October 1, 2005 issue of CIO Magazine. Here they are. Open systems succeed. Proprietary systems fail in the long run. Separate logical layers. [...]

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Software Engineering http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-engineering/ Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:45:57 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/software-engineering/ I've just about finished reading Steve McConnell's Professional Software Development book. I'm far enough in to the book to know that I'm not going to get nearly as much out of it as I did from Code Complete. Which isn't to say that there isn't [...]

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Outlook Still Better Than Thunderbird http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/outlook-still-better-than-thunderbird/ Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:28:49 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/outlook-still-better-than-thunderbird/ The philosophy behind portable applications appeals to so much that I spend a lot of time evaluating replacements for the non-portable software that I use. Most recently I decided to give Mozilla's Thunderbird a try to see if it was good enough to replace Outlook. [...]

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Techies: Don't Get Pigeonholed! http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-get-pigeonholed/ Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:20:46 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/dont-get-pigeonholed/ Technologists have to be careful not to become pigeonholed. What do I mean by that? Well, after 10 years of Java development, you're going to have a very hard time convincing anyone that you can do anything else. This is not good for your career. [...]

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Robots.txt Plugin for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/robots-txt-plugin-for-wordpress/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:13:11 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/robots-txt-plugin-for-wordpress/ Coming soon…

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9 out of 10 Managers Waste Time http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/9-out-of-10-managers-waste-time/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:10:01 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/9-out-of-10-managers-waste-time/ In the book, A Bias for Action, leadership expert Heike Bruch and management expert Sumantra Ghoshal demonstrate that managers often confuse activity with accomplishments, and motivation with true leadership. Their study reveals that a whopping 90 percent of managers waste their time by procrastinating, becoming [...]

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Jack Hidary, A Professional Presenter http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/jack-hidary-a-professional-presenter/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:02:50 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/jack-hidary-a-professional-presenter/ In the last two weeks I've given a presentation and I've seen a professional presenter, Jack Hidary ply his trade. In a previous post, I went over a few things I did to try and make a recent presentation of mine a success. In this [...]

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The (Almost) Perfect RSS Feed Reader http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/the-almost-perfect-rss-feed-reader/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:59:10 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/the-almost-perfect-rss-feed-reader/ I spend far too much time looking for software that works exactly the way I want it too. I'd probably have a lot more time on my hands if I just settled every now and again, but that doesn't seem to work for me. One [...]

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Useful Internet Tools http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/useful-internet-tools/ Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:54:08 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/useful-internet-tools/ The Internet isn't perfect and if you're a heavy user, some of its oddities become annoying over time. Fortunately, some smart people out there have written some really useful software to help with day-to-day activities. Here's my list of favorites. The Google Toolbar has two [...]

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Working for Free on a 1099 http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/working-for-free-on-a-1099/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:51:59 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/working-for-free-on-a-1099/ A reader of a now-defunct message board once wrote… I'm a first time contractor and have been at it for two years now, working for a friend's services company. There are four partners with the other four of us 1099 contractors. Within the last year [...]

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Report Writing for Consultants http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/report-writing-for-consultants/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:50:46 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/report-writing-for-consultants/ A good report is not a mass of data. Rather, it is a clear and concise presentation of insightful information. The quality of a report is a direct reflection of the quality of thinking that goes in to it. The following is a high-level overview [...]

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Spam Fighting Tools http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/spam-fighting-tools/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:48:05 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/spam-fighting-tools/ This post goes hand-in-hand with a previous post where I list some of my favorite Internet related tools. In the following paragraphs I briefly describe some of the spam fighting tools I use. Protect Your E-Mail Address Spam is a problem as you've undoubtedly known [...]

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Breathe New Life into an HP Touchpad http://infolific.com/technology/hp-touchpad-starter-guide/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:42:31 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/hp-touchpad-starter-guide/ HP Touchpad with Android Installed Not too long ago I scored an HP Touchpad for a mere $100. You may recall that back in 2011, HP decided to get out of the tablet business and kicked off a fire sale of all of their remaining [...]

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3 Skills a Consultant Must Have http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/3-skills-a-consultant-must-have/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:39:21 +0000 Stuart Ridder http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/3-skills-a-consultant-must-have/ Whether you're a consultant in the traditional sense of the word or are simply in the role where your opinion is sought after, there are three skills, according to Peter Block of Flawless Consulting fame, that you need to have to be successful. Technical Skills [...]

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Advanced Page Manager for WordPress http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/advanced-page-manager-for-wordpress/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:23:43 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/advanced-page-manager-for-wordpress/ Coming soon…

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The Proposal Process: Lessons Learned http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/proposal-process-lessons/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:03:36 +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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Phishing: Don't Be Phooled By Phoney Emails http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/phishing/ Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:51:32 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/phishing/ Phishing, the use of legitimate looking e-mails that attempt to trick people in to giving out personal information, is on the rise. It's not hard to see why. Rather than digging through mounds of data looking for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank [...]

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SiteAdvisor for Safe Web Surfing http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/siteadvisor-for-safe-surfing/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:48:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/software-worth-using/siteadvisor-for-safe-surfing/ I just started using a free browser plugin from McAfee that I believe holds great promise. It's called SiteAdvisor and its purpose is to warn users of potentially unsafe websites by marking search results with a green checkmark for safe, yellow exclamation point for dubious, [...]

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, A Great Presenter http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/dr-mehmet-oz-a-great-presenter/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:42:41 +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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Software Projects are Mostly the Same http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/software-projects-are-mostly-the-same/ Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:32:18 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/software-projects-are-mostly-the-same/ There's an article over at CNet about outsourcers and their attempts at distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack. Most of the article is of little interest, but there was one part that got me thinking. An analyst from IDC and a VP at [...]

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