• It seems as if everyone uses spreadsheets. Most people don't think about them too much, but there are ways to improve your spreadsheet use.

    Joe and Jesse talk about spreadsheets on The Roundtable what you probably know (that's right), what you probably know (that's irrelevant), and what you probably know (that's wrong).

    Here's a link to three sets of best practice modeling standards  http://www.ssrb.org/standards

    Download a comparison of several sets of standards here: Standards Comparison

    It's probably more than you want to know so we'll boil it down to a few simple practices.

    Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:23
    1. Your address data (to, cc, and bc) is longer than your text. Use Twitter or text instead.
    2. Visible recipients (to, cc) don't know one another's email address...until you reveal them. (Unless the point of the message is introduction.)
    3. BC messages don't describe the recipients in general ("members of the committee"). Otherwise you spawn many unnecessary emails forwarding information to people who have it.
    4. You send multiple formats of an attachment (DOC, PDF, JPEG...). Use collaborative tools like Slack and Dropbox instead)
    5. You need multiple versions of an attachment (Thursday after meeting, Friday with client...). Use collaborative tools or web so that the current version is known and accessible.


    Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:03
  • We'll talk about the flip-side of data retention and archiving: getting rid of what you don't need to keep. We may also talk about how your communication and messaging apps may be saving lots and lots of data. 

    On the topic of security, this article from The Atlantic raises some good points. It starts from Henry Stimson's famous line: "Gentlemen do not read each others' mail."


    Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:49
  • Washington Post article: What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email. Read here.

    Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:01
  • Springtime (April - June) is developer conference time. It probably started with the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons in the fall. In order to fill the pipeline and retail channel with software to go with the new hardware, companies invited their developers to preview the new features of the operating systems so they could write code for the new products.

    Microsoft's Annual Build conference was held this month as was Google I/O. Facebook developers met in April, and Apple's turn is June 5. What's in the air? What will products look like in the next year? 

    Some of the words in the air at 2017 developer conferences:

    • AI (artificial intelligence)
    • AR (augmented reality)
    • Cloud
    • Speech recognition

    Some of the developer conversations:

    • Kotlln and Swift
    • Neural networks

    Some of the quotes from developer conferences: 

     "AI is going to disrupt every single business".-- Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP AI and Research Group at Microsoft Build 2017, 5/10/2017

    "An important shift from a mobile first world to an AI first world" -- Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2017

    “We can’t build the AR product that we want today, so building VR is the path to getting to those AR glasses” -- Mark Zuckerberg in Recode interview 

    Joe and Jesse talk about some of the highlights on The Roundtable on WAMC Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11 AM.

    Sun, 05/21/2017 - 20:45