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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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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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