• 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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  • The Statement of Work…

    January 22, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Today I would like to start taking a closer look at the part of a proposal I call the Statement of Work or SOW. The purpose of an SOW is to establish the three most important things in a project manager’s life: Scope Schedule Budget I also like to use the SOW to set the…

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  • A practical approach to writing proposals…

    January 21, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Over the years I have been very fortunate to learn how to generate effective proposals from some really brilliant people. Recently I started taking little pieces of what I have learned and begun synthesizing my own, unique approach. This is a really valuable skill and I’d like to share it. If more people know how…

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  • Apple Tablet vs. eReaders

    January 20, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Excitement is growing around the imminent product announcement from Apple, which we all anticipate will be the rumored tablet computer. I recently talked with Bill Trippe, VP & Lead Analyst, Content Strategies for the Gilbane Group about whether or not tablets will threaten the eReader market. Not surprisingly, the answer was yes. “There is a…

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  • Cellphone Carriers: Are you getting the best deal?

    January 19, 2010 Jake DiMare

    After ten years with Verizon in 2004 they asked me to change my cell phone plan. Unfortunately the sales person forgot to mention that, given my cell phone usage, the new plan was going to cost me an extra $500.00 a month. When I got my first bill after the change I gave them a…

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  • Follow us @twitter.com/civilrights

    January 18, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Sometimes it can be amusing to wonder how historical events might have unfolded differently if modern technology existed then. Since today is the day we observe the life of Martin Luther King Jr. let’s envision the effect on specific events during the Civil Rights Movement. In a very general way, the Civil Rights Movement would…

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  • Modern Technology vs. Natural Disasters

    January 15, 2010 Jake DiMare

    Over the years I have occasionally been taken hostage at a cocktail party or backyard barbecue by some Luddite who, upon hearing what my career, goals, dreams and aspirations is centered around, will launch into a diatribe about the problems technology creates. Pretty close to the top of their list of concerns is the weakness…

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