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January 2009


I’ve just come back from a networking event, the first formal such event I’ve ever attended. I drove out through unplowed roads, which made a 20 minute drive take closer to 60 minutes. I wasn’t the only one, however, as about 60 people attended, although some did arrive late. I had been briefed as to […]

How Best to Comment on a Corporate Blog

This is #7 on Chris Brogan’s list of 100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write. First of all, I am aware that I skipped #6 on the list. Thank you for noticing. I personally do not have a corporate blog, and know of only 1 company which does. However, were I to want to post […]

The Home Office

As a follow-up to an earlier article I wrote about working at home, this article focuses on what it takes to set up your home office to maximize your productivity. No, not everything I say here will apply to everyone, but think about the ideas, and perhaps you will find a few good points that […]

Company Launch

As of this morning, I am now the owner of Optimal Upgrade Consulting, registered as a sole-proprietorship in Ontario. I have put up a quick website (www.optimalupgrades.com) and will be making changes to the site in the near future.

Developing a Network to Network

During a recent conversation with a friend, we discussed creating a network of professionals in the IT industry. The basic purpose of the network would be to share business leads. The conversation progressed from there, and a couple of weeks later, we met again, this time with a third person. At this point, we realized […]

Why You Have to Love Tech Support

After yesterday’s post about why I hate tech support, I read a short story about a tech phone call that made me appreciate tech support. Yes, they don’t know how to deal with people who understand computers, but that’s because they have to deal with people like Bob: Tech Support: Ok, Bob, type a capital […]

Why I Hate Tech Support

I have a degree in computer science, and work as a programmer for a large company (over 500 members of their IT group, if I recall correctly), in addition to working writing custom desktop applications for my clients. I think it would be safe to say that I know a thing or two about computers. […]

Technology that Empowers Me

This is #5 on Chris Brogan’s list of 100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write Oddly enough, the technology that makes the biggest difference to my day-to-day life is one which most people don’t think of as a technology, if they think about it at all. I refer, of course, to the coffee maker. I […]