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Domain Models as Dictionaries

A “domain model” visually represents the Who describing your product. The domain model is a dictionary that shows relationships between people and systems and abstract ideas. It offers a useful way to spot patterns, errors and omissions. Domain models help…

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Creating Products that Frustrate – A Microsoft Case Study

Microsoft’s Office 2013 and Windows 8 provide examples on products feature decisions that anger users. This is an ongoing list of surprises I encounter while using Microsoft’s operating system and applications. I build custom workstations to support my business, product…

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Configuring Synology as a File and Mail Server

These are my technical notes on how to configure a Synology server as both a file and email server. Background and Rationale As an outlook user, my old emails are stored in PST files. These files are proprietary to Microsoft…

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IMAP Design Errors in Microsoft Outlook 2013

Microsoft Outlook 2013 creates “This computer only” folders in IMAP email accounts for storing calendar and contact data locally. This technically incorrect approach introduces backup problems and increases opportunities for data loss. Outlook 2013 with IMAP email accounts attempts to…

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Books Beyond Fifth Grade

This is a periodically updated list of books that are beyond the fifth grade reading level.  To be organized later. Grade 8-9 Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams [Scribner] Rank/Rating: 6537/- Price: $10.19 by – [-] Rank/Rating: -/- Price:…

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Entrepreneurship for Children

This is a periodically updated list of books for young readers describing entrepreneurship. Lunch Money (Rise and Shine) by Andrew Clements [Atheneum Books for Young Readers] Rank/Rating: 26630/- Price: $6.99 The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill [HMH Books for Young…

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OneNote is a Revolutionary Product (Sadly Unrecognized by Microsoft)

Students were the initial focus for Microsoft’s revolutionary OneNote product when it was first launched in 2003. The education market remains the primary focus for the product in 2013. That is a shame because OneNote is a more useful and…

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Wiping Disks using Windows Cipher

Before disposing of hard disk drives, I wipe them to remove all personal information. There are many utilities available for this purpose, such as the “cipher” program available on Windows XP and above. The Windows cipher utility overwrites “available unused…

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Summer Reading List for Grades 3-4

This is a periodically updated summer reading book list for kids entering the third and fourth grades. American Fiction History Mythology Non-Fiction Plays Series Fiction Non-Fiction Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink [Aladdin] Rank/Rating: 13733/- Price: $6.24 A Long Way…

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Summer Reading List for Grades 5-6

This is a periodically updated summer reading book list for kids entering fifth or sixth grade. American Fiction History Mythology Non-Fiction Plays Series Fiction Non-Fiction Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink [Aladdin] Rank/Rating: 13733/- Price: $6.24 A Long Way From…

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