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Writing policies with an attitude Wed 27 May 09

The_Law_smlpcouk I received an email the other day that was offering to sell me pre-written IT policies to use rather than writing them from scratch.  Using a template may be a good way to develop policies as long you review them carefully and adjust them for your particular situation.

But I'm not writing about policies.   Although I think we in IT sometimes have too many policies for the wrong reasons I'm really all in favor of them and I also support the idea of enforcing them.  With that behind us I wanted to point out what really got me about the way this particular company decided to market their product to IT people.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 25 May 09

An Expectation of Online Privacy on Schneier On Security blog presents an interesting discussion about online privacy.

The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming on Coding Horror presents some excellent "commandments" to remember when programming projects.

Chrome 2 announced, 30 percent faster - on FierceCIO's Tech Watch.  I like Chrome,  It's my default browser and now even faster - fantastic.

Gulags, Nukes and a Water Slide: Citizen Spies Lift North Korea's Veil on the Wall Street Journal.  This article demonstrates the power of the internet both in finding information and in the collaborative potential of the internet.

Shell and Chevron plan storm Tweets from the Houston Chronicle outlining how some oil and gas companies are starting to experiment with Twitter for getting out communications.  It's a start.  It's especially interesting in light of the ExxonMobil Twitter hoax.

Fellow Twitterati @DougGtheBA has a guest post Making it Work Between Business and IT: Why and How to Reach Across Boundaries to Dissipate Potential Attitude Issues on Laura Brandau's Bridging the Gap between Business and IT Blog.

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Road Trip Tech Lessons Tue 19 May 09

Even problems can be a learning opportunity

I just got back from a 1,300 mile road trip from Houston to Cleveland.  I drove my daughter up there and left her a car for her summer internship.  It was 2 days of hard driving and then working to set her up in her apartment.  Those of you the follow me on Twitter know that all did not go well from a technology standpoint.  In the end all turned out well but since I like to see every experience as a learning opportunity I thought I'd look at what happened and what I as an IT person can learn from it.

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Kindle's Future Wed 13 May 09

Amazon's device is great for reading books and documents, but can it expand beyond this niche?

Kindledx Angle_airplane engine Amazon's new Kindle DX due out this summer is, for the most part, a larger version of the Kindle with a 9.7-inch screen aimed at newspapers, periodicals and textbooks.

At a time when most digital devices tout how many different things they can do, Amazon has taken an interesting approach with Kindle. It is not a computer, nor a phone, nor a browser--and it is definitely not a music player. What the Kindle is: a very well-designed e-reader. All of its features and functions are focused directly on the reading experience and nothing more.

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Guiding Principles For IT Wed 06 May 09

If you need me I'll be there.

Jules_Verne_pocketwatch_compass_nullalax While going through some old papers the other day I came across something I'd written about 15 years ago in my first IT role.  It was a statement of Guiding Principles for IT that I used to let my employees and the users of IT how we intended to perform our role.  I patterned it off of what I had seen at a non-IT service provider and I was impressed by its simplicity, clarity and straightforward approach.

I re-read this very carefully and it still rings true for me now just as it did 15 years ago.  Even though I have not posted this in my new role (now that I've found it again I just might), it is still the way I like to operate.  It has many of the elements of a mission statement but it is more about how we do our business, truly guiding principles.  Take a look at it.  I'd love to hear what you think of it.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 04 May 09

The Dark Art of IT Investment on CIO Inner Voice discussing how we should look at our IT investments.

How to Build your Web Presence Part 2: Google Profiles on blueskyresumesblog on setting up a Google profile so it shows when someone Googles your name. 

Wash your hands and go back to work on Sanders Says,  a breath of fresh air in the all of the hype on swine flu.

Make accessibility more real on Usability In The News provides some great tips on making our systems and applications more accessible for all.

Cyber Safety, Not Cyber Fear on Techucation on having some rational thinking in the discussion of cyber safety for our kids.

A Brief and Colorful History of Technology in Business on Lundberg Media about where we've been and where we're going.  Be sure to check out the links to Slideshare to get the audio portion and also to comedian Louis CK's talk on about being amazed by technology.

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