It’s Time For Coders To Be The CEOs

A few days ago I happened onto an AM radio interview where a former Chairman of a government agency that relied heavily on IT was being interviewed. In it he was asked among other things what he felt were relevant qualifications for the incoming Chairman. He bluntly said it would be prudent to do away with the current qualification of being a lawyer and instead hire someone in Information Technology.

Previous to that, I had also listened to a TV interview years ago where an industry analyst mentioned that according to statistics, 80% of local IT projects (in either government or private, or both, I cannot remember) were unsuccessful.

The mind boggles at the number but upon reflection I have to agree.

If that does not convince well enough, take a random article for example, when I googled ‘top emerging businesses 2015′, Number 1 result is this article that mentions several ideas that were either in IT itself (Kid Friendly Apps, Software Trainer, Smartphone repair), or uses IT heavily (Consulting, Employee-monitoring Services, Testing Business, Business Services, etc.).

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3 Reasons Not To Make A Website

From experience with clients who made websites only to leave them untouched, unloved and neglected, here is a short list of reasons why you should NOT have a website made.

#1. You Think ‘Taking Care Of A Website’ is A Job For A Techie

During a group meeting with a client CEO and various department heads present, the CEO declared his excitement about the project and his plans for putting up a Facebook and Twitter account to go along with it. He then said he was already hiring programmers aka ‘techies’ to take care of it.

Since I was the consultant in the group I went ahead and explained this was not the way to do it (the rest of his staff who were FB and Twitter users and hopefully aware this was also the wrong way to do it were too shy I suppose, to open their mouths). I did so by saying that Twitter, FB and the website will basically act as the ‘mouthpiece’ of the company and therefore this job is best served by someone with communication skills. Even more so, they may occasionally deal with client complaints and out in the open at that, so communication skills plus some managerial level experience is more appropriate.

Neither of which are skills junior techies are best known for. In fact, I would venture to say techies are the last people you would want manning the company Twitter account especially if an irate customer starts posting their issues on it.

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Grub Failed To Install Message When Upgrading Is Confusing

I never know what to do when this message pops up during a normal upgrade. Saying yes seems risky, so you typically would choose No so you could have time to research it and at least continue with the rest of the upgrade.

However when you do so, it will then lead you to another screen (I forgot to take a screenshot of that one) where it will say you should install on every partition regardless of the risk because it is recommended, which brings you BACK to this screen.grub_failure

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‘How to Make Your Life Better by Sending Five Simple Emails’ By Time Magazine Is A Great Read

I’m not in the habit of reposting articles from the ‘net given the fact there are literally hundreds of thousands worth reposting, so choosing which would be difficult. But today I want to make an exception and repost something I find tremendously valuable, it is Time Magazine’s ‘How To Make Your Life Better By Sending Five Simple Emails‘:


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How Can A Company Make Use Of Forum Software?

A ‘forum’ aka ‘bulletin board’ is a website usually built on popular open source software such as PhpBB, VBulletin, Bbpress and many others. A good list of choices is here and here or just google ‘phpbb alternatives’.


A forum is a great way to get information about your product out there. It is ‘SEO friendly’, it is relatively easy to administer and maintain, and it is a great way to connect with loyal customers. But is it a viable solution for your company? I thought of a number of reasons why and why not: Continue reading

Establish A Goal Beyond ‘We Now Have A Website’


Many business owners just want to establish their place in the web so that when someone Googles them they will be found. Others just want to keep their business from looking like a fly by night operation and show anyone who searches them that they are legitimate. Still others have sites done to ‘show off’ as if to tell everyone that ‘hey, we’re hi – tech, we now have a website!’.

A website is a great solution for these but if a website is not updated it will easily give the appearance of a dead company or worse, one that was set up just to look legit.

To avoid that from happening consider these:

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How To Detect A Phish

Yesterday I received this email supposedly from Godaddy, a domain registrar I occasionally use.godaddy0It says ‘Your account contains more than 3259 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server. Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation’.

It is followed by a convenient link to where I should login and fix the issue.

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