Trains and Toy Soldiers

January 19, 2018

Trains and Toy Soldiers – a great place to visit

Trains and Toy Soldiers is a little family business in Nebraska, USA.  I invite you to give them a LIKE on Facebook and help spread the word.  I have really enjoyed getting to know them and to read their stories about the history of trains.

The history of the toy trains is also incredibly fascinating.  Did you know it’s almost as old as the story of real trains?

Toy soldiers also have a really amazing and very ancient history.  No one really knows when they were first created, perhaps for developing military strategy.

You will find their stories both informative and exciting.  There’s nothing that stirs the adventurous heart and imagination quite like history and trains.


ChatBots – How Artificial Intelligence is Creating a Better User Experience | LinkedIn

September 23, 2017

What do you think of Chatbots? Is Artificial Intelligence scary or does it make your life better? 

Source: ChatBots – How Artificial Intelligence is Creating a Better User Experience? | LinkedIn

Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) and Lyme Disease

September 22, 2017

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Software Modernization – modernize or move out of the way!

September 19, 2017

Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies

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During my career, I’ve had to work on the challenge of modernizing several software products. As explained in my article, “Balancing Technical Debt,” we should develop a plan for moving forward. The effort to raise the bar must be continuously evaluated in order to be ready to make any “do or die” decision.

In our rapidly evolving digital world, all software companies must face this situation!

Software modernization, otherwise known as legacy modernization, refers to the work of converting, rewriting or porting a legacy program to bring it up to the latest standards in computing and software.  This includes such things as modern programming language, software libraries, protocols, cloud technologies (Serverless architecture, Microservices, etc.), hardware platforms, etc.

Perhaps this is a good place to define legacy software, to help us better understand what is at stake when we talk about software modernization.

Legacy software is any…

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The Cradle of Aviation Museum

September 16, 2017

Cradle of Aviation Museum – a MUST SEE on Long Island, NY The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Long Island is something to be sure to see on a visit to New York. It’s amazing when you look at some of the displays, especially right after flying across the country in a…

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Will the scientists of tomorrow still be human?

September 15, 2017

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Tips for Lyme Sufferers’ Survival

September 13, 2017

Tips for lyme sufferers’ survival.  Jenny has included many tips and encouragement that will be helpful for many chronically ill people.

Are you employing a DevOps strategy?

September 13, 2017

DevOps – what is your strategy?

Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies


Are you employing a DevOps strategy? 

DevOps : Market and Tools

DevOps has changed the market and also the tools we use in the software industry.  Gone are the days of separation.  We have quickly passed  from “waterfall” through the separated infancy of “agile system administration” and “agile operations” to “DevOps.”

But what IS DevOps?  In case you missed my earlier article, DevOps:  What is it and Why Should You Care? let’s take a moment to revisit the definition.

According to Wikipedia, “DevOps (a clipped compound of development and operations) is a term used to refer to a set of practices that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes. It aims at establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.”  In fact, that…

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ChatBots – How Artificial Intelligence is Creating a Better User Experience?

September 7, 2017

Chatbots are getting a lot better than they used to be. Have you been fooled into thinking you’re talking to a real person yet, even for a few seconds? That’s a win for anyone using them, enabling instant “interaction.”

Digital Transformation and Disruptive Technologies

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ChatBots, once the product of inventive sci-fi writers (such as Arthur C. Clarke’s HAL, the “sentient” computer), may be one of the most useful customer service inventions for business of modern times.

While computers, software and the myriad of apps that have been produced (is there an app for that?) have greatly improved many areas of the customer experience, the one thing often lacking is the personal, “human” touch that people crave.

Competition in this high speed digital world is staggeringly fierce for most businesses.  Mom and Pop can no longer simply rely on their local hardware store being the only store in town to sell lawnmowers, because everybody in town has a computer and can order one from a large chain in the city or even a fully online store, often with free shipping, for less.  The local store is no longer simply competing locally.  They are now…

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How to Explain Content Marketing to Anyone

August 3, 2017

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Have you ever wondered how to explain “content marketing?”  Michele Linn does an excellent job of explaining what content marketing is, complete with examples even a child can really understand and relate to!