• Assumptions & Parameters

    February 8, 2010 Jake DiMare

    In continuing my series on writing good proposals I would like to cover the topic of assumptions and parameters. Up until now we’ve explored the earlier sections in a good proposal…description, scope, schedule and budget. Now it’s time to look at one of the last sections, which I call Assumptions and Parameters. I remember years…

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  • Breathing new life into old hardware…

    February 5, 2010 Jake DiMare

    In 2002 I was about to sell my house and hit the road for destinations and duration unknown. I had a little business building web sites that I planned to continue to operate so I needed a machine that was both powerful and portable.  So, I bought myself a fully loaded Dell Latitude 800 and…

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  • Orwellian Dystopia?

    February 4, 2010 Jake DiMare

    According to people familiar with the investigation officials at the NSA have been working with Google to investigate cyber-attacks.  The NSA’s general counsel drafted what’s known as a cooperative research and development agreement to work with Google. Hmm…before I go any further, let me say I am a patriot and one of Google’s biggest fan. The…

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  • Cat training

    February 3, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Project Potty Cat suffered its first major setback last night. We were three successful days into phase two, which means the cats were using the toilet with a full litter box insert. Sadly, one of the cats decided to be polite and lowered the toilet seat cover…or perhaps I did in my sleep. In any…

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  • Moon Unit

    February 1, 2010 Jake DiMare

    I was really disappointed to learn President Obama cut funds for the Ares and Orion space vehicles and the Constellation program in the recent budget submitted to Congress. If passed this will kill NASA’s plans to send humans back to the moon by 2020.  Selfish as it may be, nothing sparks my imagination better than…

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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    January 29, 2010 Jake DiMare

    I make little secret of the fact I was an unsuccessful student as a child.  Some believed I was learning disabled…My mother was convinced I had Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADD’s twisted big brother). With no medical training and a hazy memory I will avoid self- diagnosis but I will say this: I had no difficulty…

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  • Reaction to the iPad

    January 28, 2010 Jake DiMare

    iPad announcement +18 hours and I have had a chance to read more detailed technical specifications and think this through. I am excited about the idea of a tablet computer and I think Apple has, as always, done a beautiful job with the hardware. Their device is a work of art and breaks new ground…

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  • On insignificance…

    January 27, 2010 Jake DiMare

    I once heard Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson refer to humans as a speck on a speck on a speck on a speck. Intellectually, I felt like I understood what he meant but, it is still hard to internalize the actual scale of distances in space. This video helps a little: This probably seems weird but…

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  • Bathroom Break…

    January 26, 2010 Jake DiMare

    I’m taking a break from all this project management stuff to highlight major milestone at the 491. This week we started training the cats to use the toilet. I am simply done cleaning litter. Well…Almost done. I ordered this kit called CitiKitty – “The World Famous Cat Toilet Training Kit”. The kit retailed for about…

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  • On budgets…

    January 25, 2010 Jake DiMare

    When given the choice, I prefer to plan projects with a fixed bid estimate. What this means is if the client accepts my proposal I will fulfill the terms of the agreement with no change in cost. If the effort required to complete the scope of the project is more than I expected it’s my…

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