D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

December 2012 Entries

Thoughts on Brian’s Windows 8 Evaluation

So some guy named Brian Boyko posted a video on YouTube entitled “Windows 8: The Animated Evaluation”. Brian laments his attempt to use Windows 8 for 30 days on an Acer laptop, and begins to rant on all the things that are wrong with the operating system. You can check out the video (available on YouTube) below: Brian makes a number of comments/claims, and definitely skews his message towards the negative for Windows 8 – but are his points 100% valid? And what can we learn from his experience? A ......

How a Mature HR Framework Can Transform Your Organization

My buddy Steve Rogalsky blogged about “A Systems Thinking Alternative to Performance Reviews”. This led to this Twitter convo: So instead of replying to Steve via 140 characters, I figured I’d do a blog response. Steve poses this hypothesis and question: If I try to push improvements on people then they will tend to resist the change. However, if I try to pull improvements from them (ask them what they want to learn/improve) I encounter much less resistance and more actual improvements. How might ......

Mental Illness–The Strawman Sacrificed at the Altar of Fear

“Monsters, aliens, phantoms, none of them are real. The thought that an actual person could do this is too awful so our imaginations create a way that’s easier to take. But even the strongest of imaginations can’t protect us once we know the truth.” - From the TV Show “Dexter” The Strawman Like many others, I watched the news videos and read the reports in horror. The tragic school shooting is beyond understanding, beyond comprehension. That so many young lives would be ended in a burst of extreme ......