What’s Your Glove Display for Making IT Changes?

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In their book Switch, authors Dan and Chip Heath talk about how to build support for and change existing situations. They cited one situation involving a traveling glove display that has practical applications for instigating IT changes.

Here’s how it works.
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How to Delete a LinkedIn Status Update

delete button from wikipedia commonsUse LinkedIn’s delete option if you made a mistake and want to delete a LinkedIn status update.

Deleting an update is easy. Here’s how to do it, along with how a deleted status update can still appear in your connections’ mailboxes. Continue reading

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IT Purchasing Math: 8 Ways that Confusion = Profit

handing off confusionThere’s a simple equation to keep in mind if you’re not sure you’re getting a fair deal when making a major IT purchase:

Confusion = Profit

A related equation goes like this:

Rushed deals = Profit

This is directly related to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt). The more a vendor can confuse you and make you believe numbers that may not be in your best interest or try to convince you that you really have to buy NOW, the greater the odds are that you’ll make a bad deal.

My best advice is that for a major IT purchase (several hundreds of thousands of dollars),  don’t buy it  if you don’t understand the deal. Wait until you understand exactly what they’re offering and at what price before you make your move. Continue reading

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Creating a Twitter Search URL–Beginner’s Version

twitter iconHere’s a nice trick if you want to create a Twitter Search URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function. With a Twitter search URL, you can create links for your readers to view all the tweets associated with Twitter handle feeds, a hashtag, or a combination of both a Twitter handle or a hashtag.

Here’s how to create a URL that directly accesses the Twitter search function and returns all tweets associated with specific Twitter handles or hashtags. Continue reading

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Community Post: List of IBM i Content Providers

digital contentThis post is an in-process centralized shared list of all organizations or individuals who provide content-specific information on the IBM i platform (no marketing-oriented pages, with the possible exception of IBM). Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community.

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Community Post: List of IBM i Hosting Companies

community pictureThis post is intended as a centralized shared list of all the companies that offer Power system IBM i hosting solutions.

Feel free to pull the information from this post into other posts to disseminate to the broader IBM i community. Also, please let me know if you have any additions to these sites and I’ll attempt to post updates as I get the changes.

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IT Change Management: 8 Reasons You Need a Checklist for Implementing IT Projects

feedback checklistOne of the habits I push in my shop is to over-rely on checklists and to game plan any change we put on to my Power boxes or in my Data Centers. A good checklist is invaluable in situations where you have to take down a critical piece of equipment, make some significant change, and bring it back up again in a short amount of time (say in three hours on a Sunday morning).

IMHO, a good checklist does the following things when you make changes: Continue reading

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