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Hell is not a finance meeting, some of the more technically inclined may suspect it is but they are missing out on an invaluable opportunity to assist their co-workers. As a technologist even if you have no experience with business... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Mark Twomey
Hi Tony, That post was not about me.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on Fear itself. at Mark Twomey
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The common wisdom is to not put up with talented jerks in the workplace. Who needs to work with know it all jackasses whose behaviour is usually met with eye rolls in meetings? Yet you still find them in every... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Mark Twomey
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Not everyone who survives a layoff is grateful. Being laid off is a distasteful experience even when you know it is coming but when you have been made unemployed by a company your life changes immediately. You are no longer... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Mark Twomey
What follows is conjecture and when it comes to movie plots I always hope the writers are cleverer than I am. The disappointment occurs when they are not. With the conclusion of Infinity War I suspect we are on the run up to the death of Steve Rogers. Showing the Red Skull’s exile on Vormir ties up a plot thread which has been dangling since the first Captain America movie. This thread was left there by the writers of the previous three Cap movies who after writing Infinity War and Avengers 4 have now left Disney. Captain America, a wanted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Zilla's Parting Shot
It would be inaccurate to say that the DC Comics TV series are firing on all cylinders, because they’re not, but in comparison to the DC Comics Movies they are just humming along. What appears to be different is that the DC movie division never met an overstuffed story it did not want to throw a $200M budget at. The Fox show, Gotham, does its own thing and is popular with those who like procedural crime shows, there is no movie equivalent to that yet. The interconnected Arrowverse shows of Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow are the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Zilla's Parting Shot
I watched both seasons of The Expanse on multiple trips across the Atlantic earlier this year. The pacing felt off from the start, the accents of some of the characters are so impenetrable they should come with subtitles and yet the show is great to watch. The advantage The Expanse has over other Sci-Fi shows is that every season is based on a novel from The Expanse series of books. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, writing as James S.A. Corey, have worked out the story threads in each novel allowing the screenwriters to snip them down to what can work... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Zilla's Parting Shot
Today Star Trek looks nothing like any Trek show which came before. Trek has not been treated as a period piece since 2009, so the bridge can look like an Apple Store interior and the uniforms can get sleeker regardless of when the story is set. That is fine. Once you understand it is not a period piece you can enjoy it even if you really liked what came before. What I do find galling is how the quality of the stories has declined substantially since 2009. Discovery feels like we have hit a narrative bottom. While Discovery is the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Zilla's Parting Shot
I'll admit I did wonder why Mace Windu and the Emperor didn't use the same force ability when they were blasted out a window and thrown down a firing shaft.
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It has been a week since the Last Jedi hit screens and while I appear to have enjoyed it more than most creators on YouTube and the louder voices on Twitter it does have character problems I believe do not bode well for the future of the franchise. The Last Jedi represents the end of the Skywalker saga and therefore the end of Star Wars. Yes, it is a big universe, but it pivots on the original trilogy. With no one from the original trilogy left to be a protagonist in episode 9 the story becomes that of Rey and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Zilla's Parting Shot
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The idea that a developed nation like Venezuela can be undergoing a famine is bizarre. There has been no natural disaster which has interrupted Venezuela’s food supply. There has not been a sudden and unexpected failure of crops and yet... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Mark Twomey
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When dealing with workplace colleagues you come into task conflict with before you settle in for a good argument about how a project should proceed..stop arguing. We all have these heated discussions and more times than not we come away... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Mark Twomey
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Today is “Massive Monday.” Massive Monday is what people in the hiring business refer to as the first day in the first working week of the New Year. On Massive Monday it is all about the new. All about a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Mark Twomey
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What is power truly? Power is the ability to make things happen. That’s it. It really is nothing more than that. Having defined it we can show how power is lost. Power is lost when you can’t make something happen.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Mark Twomey
Hi Paul. Thanks for the comment. I enjoyed the Reckoning. Small enough to be interesting but with a lot of new faces.
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Sitting in a coffee shop with a large warm cup of tea as tense Christmas shoppers navigate around one another on the crowded street outside I find myself reflecting on the events of the past week at work. What power... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Mark Twomey
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The difference between toxic co-workers and toxic people is that you can choose to not associate with toxic people. At some stage anyone in employment ends up working with, or for, a toxic co-worker. When I write “toxic” I do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Mark Twomey
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Why do you stay with your current employer? Do you like the company its people and believe in its shared values? Would there be an economic cost to you if you left and went elsewhere? Does your place of employment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Mark Twomey
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Given that we are supposed to live in a data driven world and there is always data to point in any direction you would like to go, why are decisions not made? Surely there is an algorithm for that? Have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Mark Twomey
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As your career changes the value you put on things does too. When you are starting out in your adult life acquiring money is very important. You have startup costs involved with leaving the family home or finishing college. You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at Mark Twomey
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“Regardless of reported profit, a business or product is worthless unless it compounds and returns the cash invested in it.” Think of the most innovate company you know of that is still in business. The reason it is in business... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Mark Twomey
Coming from an electronic engineering background, a solutions development background and a technical pre-sales background I wouldn’t have had much time for woolly headed theories of happiness. Until I found one that was repeatable and actually worked. It was less... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Mark Twomey
I'll find some time to blow the cobwebs off here but never forget there's always the podcast. Which is now also on Google Play Music and I need to start adding the links to that. Now, where's the main circuit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Mark Twomey
Back in the saddle with a podcast. You can find that over on the EMC Core Technologies CTO blog. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Mark Twomey
Rusty on the blogging, but lets give it a lash. When it comes to M&A in the storage business, or even the technology business in general it’s deals which involve an acquirer buying a ‘beautiful flower,’ that generates the headlines.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Mark Twomey