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5 Reasons Why Giving Back’s Important

December 24, 2014

As a nerd, I really believe in giving back (always have). It's important to collaborate, help one another, and create the change we want, and that takes time. Earlier this year, the craigconnects team and I created an infographic, Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, to show you just how effective and accessible crowdfunding is. Crowdfunding raised more than five… 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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Why I'm a nerd and not a geek

February 7, 2014

I'm not going to wind up saying that being a nerd is better than being a geek. It's just different and overlapping. I'm pretty much old school. I was brought up during the Eisenhower administration and I fulfill the 50's or early 60's version of the nerd cliché. Y'know, the plastic pocket protector and all… 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 First Job: What Big Blue Once Was

November 6, 2013

My first real job was at IBM, in the old Boca Raton lab, in 1976. (Important: IBM has become a very different company in the last twenty years, so please assume none of this applies to the current company. Also, this is all to my recollection, and memory is unreliable.) The offer was made early,… Read more »

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Veterans Disability Claims Backlog, setting the record straight

April 2, 2013

There's a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Setting the record straight requires some honest brokering with many years experience in both customer service and writing computer software for moving from paper-based customer service to workflow systems. It takes a customer service rep (eighteen… Read more »

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