3 months ago
How you go about getting a job will affect your life and career for years. Understand what you're doing, but most of all, believe in yourself. GETTY As an IT consultant, I have had, over the years, needed to negotiate salaries and later contracts for my work. I'm still not very good at it, though in general, I've learned enough to stay employed during even slow times. Throughout all this, I've found that there are a few good rules of thumb that help me determine what constitutes my upper and lower limits…

3 months 1 week ago
A new approach to defining and designing systems is coming. Introduction The human ecosystem is made of open and closed systems. While the earth is a closed system for matter but an open system for energy, the human body is considered an open system. There is a growing belief that the current understanding of science can not wholly explain human life, mind, and consciousness, nor can it explain the nature and origin of life, matter, the environment, the universe, and reality. Perhaps there is a need for…

4 months ago
Enterprise data projects can take you on strange journeys. Good management, a sound data strategy, and yes, a cute cat picture can make sure you reach your destination, no matter how far out. I wrapped up a project today, one that had been cut short because the company in question had a change in management and a corresponding shift in spending priorities. While I'm quite proud of what I produced given that, I also have the full expectation that the project will likely not see utilization, because there'…

8 months ago
Actually, to use common sense, the title of this article should be in the words of renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” Hmm? Is that common sense, or commonsense, or common-sense. It takes some real common sense to know the difference. In artificial intelligence research, commonsense knowledge is the collection of facts and information that an ordinary person is expected to know. The commonsense knowledge problem is the ongoing project in the field of…