From a military friend of mine outside the wire in a far away land…
I need to tap the minds in here on a technical problem. I have a Suunto Ambit 2 gps watch that I use in the capacity as a Forward Observer. It’s essential that I have accurate location and altitude, but I also wouldn’t mind tracking our dismounted movements too. Out of the box,…[Read more]
New York Feds! Let’s support each other during this furlough. Tomorrow, Friday October 4th at noon in front of the Alexander Hamilton Custom House at 1 Bowling Green for the Federal Furlough 5K!
Will you join me?
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic How are you preparing to transition from Windows XP in 2014? in the forum Technology 5 years, 8 months ago
I think we’re transitioning to DOS!
I not only enjoy listening to podcasts, I also host and produce one!
1. I listen to podcasts on my commute to and from work. Two hours on a train gives me plenty of time to catch up with them.
2. I consume on my iPhone but occasionally listen at work on my laptop if the podcast is related to something I’m doing on the job.
3. My…[Read more]
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic Should Wifi Be Free Everywhere (and Should Government Pay For It?) in the forum Miscellaneous 7 years, 3 months ago
There are two questions here.
1. Should wifi be everywhere (and free)?
Yes, wifi should be like air and it shouldn’t cost the consumer anything to use it. There should be limits put on it, perhaps throttling if users start to download movies or access torrent sites. But basic wireless internet access should be free in public places.
2. Should…[Read more]
Themselves (stolen from Justin Grimes)
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic Save the English language – destroy “utilize,” “leverage” and what else? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 7 years, 6 months ago
How to say “no” in five or more words…
”… is contrary to programmatic goals.”
WTF? How about picking up the phone and just saying “Hey, we can’t do what you asked right now.”
While I’m at it can we get rid of
- tip of the spear
- lean foward
- steep learning curve
Ok, I’m off the soapbox
I do have my own business cards. I pay for them myself (I use printbusinesscards.com because they have the best card stock I’ve seen).
Yes, social networking has made the need for many business cards obsolete. But I also use Card Munch to manage the cards. I take a picture of the card with my iPhone, it is transcribed, and entered into my…[Read more]
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic Military vs. civilian workplace culture – which is more suited to government? in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for writing this piece. I work in a military organization as a civilian. I am prior enlisted, so I understand both sides of the fence.
The one problem I see working in a military organization is that despite my institutional knowledge, I’m often regarded as “lower than whale shit” or “just a civilian”. This is troubling. I…[Read more]
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic If there is a shutdown will you apply for unemployment? Will we have insurance coverage? in the forum Miscellaneous 7 years, 9 months ago
I’m totally applying for unemployment. I will freelance, day labor, apply at McDonald’s if I have to.
The most important thing I’ll do? Remember what happened and vote.
Bye bye incumbents!
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic Can You Sync Your Work and Personal Contacts and Cal? in the forum Forum Discussions 8 years, 2 months ago
Nope, can’t sync them. But oh how I wish I could.
Benjamin Strong replied to the topic PLEASE HELP – I NEED A GOOD, FREE, ONLINE SURVEY TOOL in the forum Forum Discussions 8 years, 6 months ago
Have you tried Google Docs yet? I have created several surveys but haven’t explored what it can or can’t do. Another suggestion is to Tweet @cspenn (Christopher S. Penn) or visit his site christopherspenn.com. He is a true guru of that stuff.
I have to say my proud moment in government was as part of a team that developed a way to reimburse State and local governments for their fire department’s deployments to the Pentagon and World Trade Center sites immediately after the September 11 terror attacks. The only other major deployement of local search and rescue teams like that was when…[Read more]
Greetings. I graduated from UMBC with my BS in Emergency Health Services Management and my MS in Emergency Health Services Policy and Planning.
I went to work at FEMA during my senior internship (I was a returning student so I had to have been the oldest intern ever!) and stayed there until I moved to the United States Coast Guard in 2004.
Now I…[Read more]
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