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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

Augmento Re:Circular logic (331 comments)

i suppose it sounded that way. what i really meant is that a lot of decisions are based on the CFOs figures. Accurate or not, that is all that would be required to sack him/her. Bringing a consultant in is just a way to not be the person to make the recommendation, i.e. not be the bad guy.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

Augmento Re:Circular logic (331 comments)

I agree. if the CFO says they the IT department is operating at twice budget for a company their size that pretty much cut and dry for replacing the head of IT. 2nd choice if the guy can't be fired. I see this a lot. Instead of quitting. I would go with 1. plan to train that person, something like obtaining a PMP or other appropriate training or personal development goal that would get him the tools he needs to be an effective manager. 2. Reorganize so that he less negative impact. Pull out a reorganization plan. maybe, split out overhead often IT services(support for the functional areas) from the IT as an R&D/ profit center. that kind of thing. 3. Create a new positon for him where he has no real authority. You see this at a lot of companies. These people have titles like "Subject Matter Expert", "Cyber Visionary", "IT advisor", "Futurist", etc... Maybe suggest hiring an enterprise architect so that all IT projects must meet the constraints of the Enterprise. create a process improvement, 6sigma or whatever group that must sign off on the requirement for an IT solution to the process improvement effort. etc...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

Augmento no worries (823 comments)

that is what MIS majors are training for, they will be conduit to management, treat them nice

about 2 years ago
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South Korea Plans Hashtag-Inspired Skyscraper

Augmento sharp (117 comments)

in korea, they call this the sharp symbol. so, sharp just sounds like a cool name for apartment complexes. there are several complexes all over the country built by posco (i think) with the # symbol on them.

further, many complexes, like the daewoo trump complex i lived in had an elevated playground and fitness center. so, while this is a kind of neat variation. it is hardly news.

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

Augmento that used to be us (990 comments)

friedman and forgothisname suggested in their book that there are basically 4 classes work creative creators, routine creators, routine servers, and creative servers routines will be automated so if your job is one of those categories then you need to be more creative there was a sci-fi story where you place in society was based on your ability to wear out the stuff that robots made, the protaganist found a way to turn his robots into consumers, been so long that i forgot author and title another comment is that according to some singularity proponents we don't have to figure it out we just have to task the robots and super computers to figure it out. let's just remember to include paramaters like exterminating humans is bad, using us as a power source while trapping us in the 90s is also bad

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

Augmento wizard101 (480 comments)

I play this game with my 5 year old son. The combat is card based a la magic: the gathering so less than scary. some of the undead bad guys are bit scary to him in appearance. there is zero gore. the defeated enemies fall down and fade away.

more than 3 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

Augmento worked for 2 companies that did this... (1055 comments)

1. Generally, your managers always try to convince you to move your personal appointments to the off friday and start enforcing leave/sick leave/PTO if you don't. 2. IT workers usually have to do all their disruptive stuff on the off friday in return for future comp time that never materializes or ends up looking more like 5x8 anyway. Despite that, the occasional long weekend where you can get away to someplace on a friday that is usually way crowded on the weekends makes it worth it.

more than 5 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks?

Augmento rogue wireless hunting (238 comments)

this only really useful once your already pretty close, still better than lugging your wardriving kit around, turn the beep on for dramatic effect.

it's a long way to get to it. Start on the main screen and open the Manage Connections app. Scroll down to Wi-Fi options and click. Click on the Blabkberry Key (the one with the little dots on it) and scroll down to and select Wi-Fi Diagnostics Click on the Blackberry Key and select Site Survey. You are there.

http://www.blackberryforums.com/aftermarket-software/139443-looking-netstumbler-type-bb-app.html

more than 5 years ago

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Augmento Augmento writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Augmento writes "Green Peace has issued a report card on the environmental friendliness of some major manufacturers;

"Nokia and Dell share the top spot in the ranking. They believe that as producers they should bear individual responsibility for taking back and reusing or recycling their own-brand discarded products. Nokia leads the way on eliminating toxic chemicals, since the end of 2005 all new models of mobiles are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and all new components to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from the start of 2007. Dell has also set ambitious targets for eliminating these harmful substances from their products.
Third place goes to HP, followed by Sony Ericsson (4th), Samsung (5th), Sony (6th), LG Electronics (7th), Panasonic (8th), Toshiba (9th), Fujitsu Siemens Computers (10th), Apple (11th), Acer (12th) and Motorola (13th).
Lenovo is in bottom position. It earns points for chemicals management and providing some voluntary product take back programmes, but it needs to do better on all criteria." http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/green -electronics-guide-ewaste250806"

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route 666

Augmento Augmento writes  |  more than 6 years ago gone. didn't know till i got a blank look from a younger co-worker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_666

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augmenton.net

Augmento Augmento writes  |  more than 7 years ago I stopped paying for an add-on slot for the domain, i still own it it just redirects to my guild wars site for now. you can still access all my swinefood at http://www.tyria.net/augmenton

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Processor market opportunity?

Augmento Augmento writes  |  more than 7 years ago

so, the whole home processor field is pretty much locked between AMD and Intel. how hard would it be to break into this market? Could I start by building processors in my garage? Or maybe, get somebody fresh out of the CPU making track of graduate school and team up for venture capital?

Ok. a bit tongue in cheek but it seems to me that there is an opportunity here.

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