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Boardroom Metrics Talks about Project Management @ Jonah Group

After publishing the blogs, I set out to find organizations that did not fit the widely accepted project failure rate of up to 70%. During my research I came across the Toronto based software organization, Jonah Group with a IT project success rate of some 90% as identified in an article in the Toronto Star.

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Must you use MS Excel 2010 as an MDI application only, always and forever?

What’s that? What is MDI? Whaaaaaat? Ha! Why that’s short for (M)ultiple (D)ocument (I)nterface. Ok great, but what is that really? Well, apart from MDI, there are also applications that work as SDI (and yes, that would be Single Document Interface). This has a long track back in the history …

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Microsoft’s DNA and the Primordial Pond

The first decade of this new century of computing was characterized by the network. We built out the online world using Java and web browsers, which led to a somewhat generic vision of a computer as a box with a pixelated screen, mouse, and internet connection. In reality, one size does not fit all; nor will it ever. Fundamentally, digital hardware and software has always been highly complex, differentiated, and evolving. That’s what the PC platform represented, and what it still facilitates today. It’s a central hub where hardware vendors, experimenters, business people, researchers, technical specialists, highly niche-oriented fields, and novices of all kinds could come together and figure out “What’s Next.”  The essence of the PC platform is not a box under a desk somewhere, it’s an affirmation that evolution happens naturally and spontaneously, and needs an ecosystem that supports it.

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Challenging the Usability of Bullet-style Slider Navigation

You have probably seen and even interacted with this bullet style navigation on the web. It's a common approach for providing visible navigation for content panels or image slides used throughout the web and even included as options from popular JavaScript libraries like jQuery Tools. Well I do think that this bullet style navigation can enhance the usability of such widgets, it's often implemented in a way that is not so user friendly and can actually be difficult and unclear to the user how the bullet navigation is supposed to be used. For reference I have included a screenshot of the bullet navigation technique as used on the Google Galaxy Nexus microsite. You can view the live page to get a feel for the navigation.

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DotCMS: Externalizing Apache Nutch Indexing

This guide is for those trying to generate a search index for a DotCMS 1.9 installation using an external copy of Apache Nutch. While DotCMS 1.9 comes bundled with Nutch 1.1 you may still want to run Nutch outside of the DotCMS process for a couple of reasons: Running Nutch …

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