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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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6 Women Making Waves for Social Justice in Tech

October 10, 2014

Folks, my teams and I have been following your comments about women in the tech sector that you really admire. We've researched many of the women you've shared, and appreciate the time you took to mention 'em. The following is a list of women who really have their boots on the ground, all suggestions from comments…. Read more »

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7 ways to get involved in tech right now

May 17, 2014

The best way to get stuff done is to get involved, and to connect those who already have their boots on the ground. Summer is almost  here, and it's a really good time to get involved. My team and I have compiled a list of ways you can get involved in tech. Ways to get… Read more »

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Best Advice: Choose Your Fights Carefully

March 5, 2014

Confrontation is a natural mode for many humans, even nerd-variants like myself. It's a useful emotional vent, but can also be quite profitable by polarizing interested parties, and then selling one's services to one side or the other. Lobbyists and consultants in Washington generate a lot of billable hours that way. Me, well, I've learned… Read more »

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Big Idea 2014: How to Fix Washington's Approach to Tech

December 10, 2013

Much of the business of Washington is based on getting info around, much of the good news has not been reported, and I'd like to get the word out to make things better. This is the short, oversimplified version, based on 37 years of direct observation in both private and public sectors. This is mostly… Read more »

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My Best Mistake: Not Playing Well With Others

April 23, 2013

Okay, I really am a nerd, and have had to learn normal social and professional interaction the hard way. The first half of my career was at a major computer manufacturer, and you probably know the second half is craigslist, with some software contracting in there. The manufacturer is a very different company now, particularly… Read more »

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