Inspired Simply ~ Designs
 

Radio Shack & (the) Diablo ~ !!


My experience and absolute love of technology began way back in the Radio Shack / Tandy days while in graduate school at Florida State University. 

At that time information technology was a predominately male profession, but nonetheless that did not deter a small group of us in the least, it was just so interesting and we wanted to learn as much as we could! We were so fortunate to have a really cool professor too!

In graduate school we were taught basic programming as well as online searching using the "Diablo" terminal (and believe me, it was a "diablo"!).


 
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Recognize these little monsters?

In Florida, we have many thunderstorms … and at that time the terminal/printer was ‘coupled’ with a phone (communication via telephone line).

Whenever it would storm, inevitably there would be a momentary power or telecommunication outage and ‘Diablo’ would get disconnected.

That meant you’d lose an ENTIRE literature ‘search’ and ‘search results’. On top of that, graduate students were allocated only a certain number of hours to use ‘Diablo’ (it was very expensive then … ).

I realize that some of you may have no idea what I’m talking about … thankfully, technology is WAY more advanced now!)

*Credit (Diablo 630 Image): Diablo 630 By Canon 650, Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46371472]


Technology Evolution, Information Organization, and Knowledge Management

Technology has really evolved and advanced since then - and so have my skills, abilities, and knowledge as well. It never gets old - just more challenging. And that’s a good thing!

I've spent many years training others how to obtain and manage enormous quantities of information and harness technology in ways that could increase their personal or professional productivity, reduce frustration, and simply improve the quality of their lives.

Are these some of the same things you are seeking too?

Simplicity vs. complexity


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"Always Remain Curious-and by all means, HAVE FUN!"

I’ve spent decades looking at how to organize and categorize basically everything using paper, pencil, sketches, and technology!

Information and knowledge management projects, items of all kinds, collections of things, apps, and workflows.

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With regard to the use of technology, apps, information, and workflows, I view these things sort of like Lego sets.

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You work with one, put two or even three together in order to accomplish a goal, complete a set of tasks, make a group of tasks easier to accomplish, bending them in ways they weren’t necessarily intended to be.

And if you’re not satisfied with the result, just take it all apart and put them back together again in a different way until you’ve found that ‘sweet spot’.

Each app is developed and designed with different features, structure, and capabilities - it’s just that sometimes you wish that one of them could have all the things you wanted.

I’ve worked on many projects of all different sizes and scopes in a variety of environments, but one of the most rewarding things I’ve done for many years and continue to do is to help people feel more at ease using different tools and technology, finding better ways to find and adapt different workflows that make sense to them.

Or, help them find other tools that they can use to accomplish what they need to do with them by alleviating some of the stress around their use.


Projects (project types) I have worked on:


  • Database/App Design, Implementation and Maintenance

  • Knowledge Management / Information Organization

  • SharePoint / Intranet Portal Planning and Implementation

  • New Websites, Design and Maintenance

  • User Experience (UX) Research

  • Website Redesign

  • Content Inventory and Audits

  • Taxonomies/Metadata (Specialized Collections)


Learn more about specific projects I have worked on.

 

Or you can contact me today if you already have a project that needs to be started or completed.


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