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Posted: 07:06:51 PM, 30/01/2014
You may think it is easy (fun?) to run a company for 40 years. You have it half right. The other half is akin to skating on thin ice almost every day. In fact, who would want to do such a thing? Just keeping a job that long is remarkable. Some things just happen. After college, I had two rathe......

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Posted: 05:38:05 PM, 29/01/2014
I had wanted to get away from the city, but when I got to a small mountain town to work on software development for a police, life-flight, and special mission communication system, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My OJT (on-the-job training) had consisted pretty much of being told ......

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Posted: 07:48:24 PM, 16/01/2014
We have black hat hackers who break into secure networks to destroy data or make the network unusable. Similarly, black hat selling employs unethical manipulation to goad you into buying something you really don't need or want. It doesn't happen often in the technology business, because mo......

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Posted: 04:45:28 PM, 24/01/2014
In 1981, two colleagues and I founded the first computer-aided software engineering company aimed at improving the workflow for IBM mainframe programmers. The opportunity was huge, as were the potential payoffs for us and our prospective customers. The original idea was to develop a series of pr......

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Posted: 04:17:35 PM, 24/01/2014
These days, global design teams have more ways than ever to communicate with one another. We have real-time collaboration, video-conferencing, the cloud, virtualisation, mobility, texting, email, VoIP, and source control. Everybody is now available anywhere at any time of the day. We have the ......

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Posted: 07:01:47 PM, 23/01/2014
One essential component for a company's success is its culture. Defining company culture is difficult. Let's settle for a simple definition of the shared values of the organisation and look at how those values are communicated, implemented, and modified by the team. The benefits of a str......

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Posted: 08:20:38 PM, 17/01/2014
I was recently looking back at my first trip to Europe in 1992. We spent time in England, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and then Germany again and back to England over a three-week period. We slept on planes, boats, and trains. We managed to pull off this trip before we had ......

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Posted: 07:11:14 PM, 17/01/2014
I am hoping someone comes forward with suggestions with regard to the question posed in the title of this blog. Let me illustrate the problem... I once designed a controller to heat a tank of liquid. Depending on the size of the tank, the customer would configure the system to use from one to si......

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Posted: 07:09:56 PM, 15/01/2014
The environment during the assembly process is quite sensitive. Heat, humidity, and cleanliness should be strictly controlled. Depending on the product, a controlled clean room must be used to ensure cleanliness. For standard fine-pitch assembly and for consumer or non-critical business use, more ......

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