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A Place for each Thing …

Not really inspired by mother’s day, but I’m sure most mothers said this, “A place for each thing and each thing in it’s place.” A lot of people fail at the second half of that. Right now I’m having a problem with the first half. A few things are in boxes, tote bins, etc., and I don’t have a “right” place for them. Most of what’s here is important to me, so it’s not a matter of discarding. Make a place… Sounds so simple.

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What if Delta were more like Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A and Delta. Two Atlanta based companies, just a few miles apart. Both started with excellence and values. One had major influence on the other (perhaps both on each other). Today, one has slipped from prominence, or at least from excellence. What happened?*

What if Delta behaved more like Chick-fil-A?

* A personal aside. I had an uncle who worked for Delta during their very early days, up through the late 60s when he retired as their VP of aircraft operations (approx title – his team took care of the aircraft). I don’t think that his departure was the key to Delta’s decline, but it is an interesting coincidence

Jealousy and Envy – the Good Side?

Jealousy and Envy are bad things. No doubt about it, no argument. But wait, isn’t there also a good side of those words?

I had coffee with someone I admire a few days ago. He is a person who has a lot of deep friendships. He connects with them in a way I don’t even begin to understand. I made the statement that I was jealous of his friendships. I meant this in a most positive way. I certainly don’t want to take anything away from him or his friends. I don’t want to get in the way of his friendships. I certainly don’t feel slighted that he has those friendships and I don’t have that same closeness. But I do want a bit more of what he has. I aspire to what he has in these relationships.

I need a new word. “Aspire” is pretty close. I need a form of that word I can use where the words jealous or envious would fit in a sentence.

Any takers? What is that word?

Training and Re-training

New staff orientation. A favorite activity for me. Helping people get started with what they most need to know in their first few days on the job. Typically this is technology oriented, but not always!

Don't forget!Sometimes there’s a comment/question along the lines of “OK, that’s great for the new people, but what about the people who have been around for a while. What do we need to teach them?” Sort of a funny / surprising answer: mostly the same things! Most of the time, what people need to learn, or re-learn, is the same old thing. As with sports, the pro is there to remind you of what you already know, not to teach you some brand new idea.

A favorite quote of mine, from John G. Miller, author of QBQ, is “… repetition is the motor of learning!”

How much ‘new’ training do we need? Maybe reviewing what we’ve already learned is at least as valuable.

My Computer History

I’m sure this is an incomplete list. Some of the computers I’ve used through the years:

  • Univac 1108
  • Burroughs 5500
  • CDC Cyber 74
  • DEC PDP-11/45
  • RCA Spectra 7 (later Univac)
  • IMSAI 8080 (My first computer)
  • Honeywell Level 62
  • Data General Eclipse Series
  • TI 9900
  • Lanier EZ-1
  • Lots of 8088, 80186, 80286, 386, 486, Pentium, AMD and more, both brands and clones
  • Intergraph Clipper-based workstations
  • Sun Sparc Station
  • First PC Notebook was a gateway
  • First home PC was a clone

Univac 1108:

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Generic Training – a start

How many ministries are looking for “simple” training, FAQs, Knowledgebase, best practices, etc.? What if there were an easy way to get started. Yes, Easy.

Knowledgebase and Training 

A proposed concept for Churches and Ministries to work together for better use of technology

First proposed August, 2013

Premise: Many ministries are looking for basic information for training their staff and developing best practices for technology use. Can we work together on this?

Concept:
Maintain a set of base documents that anyone can put to use quickly. Expectation that a ministry would make a copy and customize for their particular needs. New articles are added to the base documents from time to time, or old items are updated. Whenever there is a new or updated article, it is distributed so each ministry can adapt to their own customized documents.

New Thoughts on Security

The world has changed. Old password rules are just that – old. If we’re going to make an improvement in security, and really fight off the malware and evil hackers, then a bunch of things have to happen, but it may all reduce down to two items:

  1. We have to foster an attitude of caring about security. It’s not something IT forces on people, it’s something people choose to care about
  2. We need to make it easier. Complex, impossible to remember, passwords are not the answer

Wishful thinking?

Google Docs for Critical Network Documentation?

Would you ever use Google Docs for documenting a network? Consider a church that has limited on-site IT support, uses some volunteers, some contractors, does some outsourcing, maybe more. What’s a good way to share information that any of them might need, even when not on site?

Why not just use Google Docs?

Pros:

  1. The price is certainly right
  2. It’s easy to get to
  3. Sharing is easy. Controlling that sharing is easy too
  4. Any and all who have permission can make updates, even at the same time

Concerns:

  1. OK, it would be a terrible place to store sensitive information like passwords
  2. If it’s shared, it could be easily re-shared. (perhaps no worse than anything else)
  3. If no Internet connection, no documentation. OK, that’s sort of lame, but could conceivably be an issue

Other thoughts:

  1. It’s easy to back up
  2. Version control is somewhat built-in
  3. Why is this so exciting? And so scary a thought at the same time

WhatChaThink?