Author Archives: R Michael Small

About R Michael Small

My experience ranges from PCs (and Apples/Macs) to mainframes, but I do not own an Xbox, or Gameboy, and I am "Wii-free". I've held tech programming, networking, administrative, support and leadership positions, and am a substitute teacher. I have two business degrees, and several years experience in law enforcement as a Patrolman/Training Officer concurrent to my IT experience. My brand is technology as a tool, not a life. Avocational interests include Scotland (all of it), inventing and modifying SCUBA gear, writing, and photography.

Why is “support” considered an entry level, second rate, position?

It’s been on my mind since reading somewhere-on-line-and-now-I-cannot-locate-it (but if/when I do I will post a link) Joel Sposky comment about promoting folk into development positions from support. Earlier this month one of the Dice Bloggers asked the question is … Continue reading

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Skill(s), tool(s) and talent

If you are familiar with LinkedIn you know that one of the ways to customize a profile is by listing “skills”. LinkedIn leaves it to the profile owner to determine what is a skill. Some would claim there are listed … Continue reading

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cloud meet CLUSTER

Much hay is being made on various tech forums and blog sites about the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread; cloud computing. One of the members of the Old Geek Registry on the LinkedIn social network started a discussion … Continue reading

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What’s in a title?

Link to this entry, on DICE Blog Network, of which I am a member/blogger, What is in a title? That depends. Perhaps much; your title is industry standard and perfectly describes your AOR. Perhaps little; an industry standard that is … Continue reading

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Are you RAD, Agile or Chaotic?

Link to my article on Dice Blog Network.

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The Changing Face of IT

Link to Changing Face of IT on Dice Blog

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You can fire me !!!

Link to entry posted on Dice.Com http://news.dice.com/2011/08/24/you-can-fire-me/

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