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Knowing When to Keep Your Mouth Shut

December 29, 2014

Back in '77, I had recently taken a job at IBM Boca Raton, in the "advanced technology" department. It was beginning to dawn on me that I needed to be somewhat less nerdy in behavior, if not core, attitudes. A few folks visited what was then Bell Labs, which had been responsible for a lot… Read more »

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La Vida Craigbert

September 12, 2014

Craigbert, or a really accurate portrait During my IBM and Charles Schwab years (1976-95) I lived La Vida Dilbert [dilbert.com], seriously hardcore. Dilbert really captures the truth of much corporate life, and does so perfectly from the software worker's perspective. It's also a brilliant commentary on organizational behavior. Personally, I have to always commit to… Read more »

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5 Sites I've Got Bookmarked That Might Surprise You

June 25, 2014

Hey, I'm frequently asked which sites I recommend. I tend to be overly minimalist, but beyond that, I mostly use RSS feeds instead of visiting sites. Though, here are some sites that I make a point to visit pretty often… (in no particular order) politicalwire.com – I rely on Taegan Goddard's Political Wire for straight,… Read more »

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If I Were 22: Nerds, Hack Your Career

May 30, 2014

If you're a serious, old-school nerd, the usual way to get ahead is to invent your own stuff, or to acquire the following over twenty or thirty years of business experience. (In my case, thirty years.) They don't teach you this at school. If you have normal social affect, you might know all this already,… Read more »

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5 websites you should be glad exist

January 17, 2014

It's a little hard to say, since most of my reading is via RSS feeds. But if I were to pick a few sites I couldn't live without, I'd have to go with the following. Maybe Political Wire for best political summary. HuffPost for general news… Dilbert;¬†Seriously, I lived the Dilbert life for nearly twenty… Read more »

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The nerd-in-residence

September 13, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named me a "nerd-in-residence." You can find more under VA team bios > Craig Newmark. I really am a nerd, old-school, wore a plastic pocket protector, and glasses taped together, in the early sixties. I can now simulate social behavior for an hour, two hours tops, but then I… Read more »

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