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Review: eBook Creation Services from Booktango.com

February 8th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I’m No Stranger to Self-Publishing I’ve been self-publishing my writing for a long time. I figured out a long time ago that a good blog page with a few ads on it will return more money in the long run than an article in a magazine or on someone else’s web site. Let’s take my […]

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Slacking Your Way Through A Recession

January 22nd, 2009 · 8 Comments

Recessions are dangerous times for the denizens of corporate IT. Even seemingly recession-proof companies like insurance companies will find ways to reduce redundancy and inefficiency in their work force. Take my former corporate IT employer, which yesterday laid off 90 IT employees in a year in which they were reasonably profitable (too bad they didn’t […]

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Nightmares about a Lame Job

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments

I had a nightmare last night. In my dream, I found myself standing in the elevator at my old job, talking with my former colleagues about some problem. In the conversation, several things came out: 1) That I’d been coming into the office “to help out” for about a month 2) That I wasn’t being […]

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My Herman Miller Warranty Experience

February 15th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I have had the chair pictured above for almost a decade. It’s a great chair, and I expect it will last another ten years or so. A few months ago I plopped my 270 pound butt down in that thing and heard a horrible pop, accompanied by an uncomfortable drop onto the tensioning mechanism that […]

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Trusting Your Employees

September 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Read this article – Ivan Bowman of iAnywhere Solutions decided his telecommuting arrangement was leaving him out of touch with his co-workers. Since a 2000 km commute was out of the question, he came up with a different option: IvanAnywhere, a robot version of himself he could control from home but would roam around his […]

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It’s Better to Tell the Truth Poorly than to Lie Well

August 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

There are two experiences in my life that have shaped my views on honest, both in the workplace and at home, more than any other. The first experience happened in the first week of the first grade. By luck, I had the same first grade teacher as I had had in Kindergarten, Ms. Knockle (sic). […]

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The value of my garage sale

June 10th, 2007 · No Comments

DJ1.0 is a contributing editor of TechDarkSide.com. We don’t know much about DJ1.0, since he participates in the dark side anonymously. We suspect DJ1.0 is a “he” since he refers to a wife in an early post, but then again, maybe they’re from Massachusetts… Either way, you can reach DJ1.0 at dj10@techdarkside.com. At first blush, […]

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