Author Archives: Dick Knisely

About Dick Knisely

Science-guy, engineer, father, grandfather, husband -- yeah, I'm all of those things. I author this blog to share things I care about and you might care about, too. I hope you do and that you'll join in to share things you care about.

The laws of computing (2)

The “laws” of computing: an occasional series of witty (?) thoughts. THE LAWS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Any given program, when running, is obsolete. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed. If a program is useless, it … Continue reading

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Book review: Secrets of ProShow® Experts

Secrets of ProShow® Experts: The Official Guide to Creating Your Best Slide Shows with ProShow Gold and Producer by Paul Schmidt, ©2010 Making video slide shows out of your digital pictures is a terrific way to use the pictures, exercise … Continue reading

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Laws of Computing

The laws of computing: an occasional series of witty (?) thoughts. LUBARSKY’S LAW OF CYBERNETIC ENTOMOLOGY There’s always one more bug.     TROUTMAN’S POSTULATES Profanity is the one language understood by all programmers. Not until a program has been … Continue reading

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Two more tips for vacation slideshows

Divide and conquer For multi-day, and especially multi-destination trips, making multiple small shows works well. Even if it’s just family, it’s hard for people to stay interested in a slide show of more than 10 minutes, maybe 20 at most. … Continue reading

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Four tips for better vacation slide shows

Think about the slide show as you shoot For what I’ve done lately, I don’t have this option—the ones I’ve been using are often decades old. But fortunately, as we traveled I often did think ahead to the slide show, … Continue reading

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Vacation pictures and digital slideshows.

As I’ve related here, last summer I launched into a huge project scanning four decades of our family pictures. That story was the subject of a series of posts all  about getting the scans done. Lately I’ve been working through … Continue reading

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Plan for success!

In my current “day job” I’m a systems engineer helping my customers get stuff done.  Before that, I led and managed software projects.  In both these roles I was, and still am, amazed at the number of times people fail … Continue reading

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Why I’m not using the online scanning services.

This post is a continuation of the series I started a few months ago recounting my adventures, frustrations and successes while digitizing my pictures at home. I mentioned that I’d investigated places online that do this a service and that … Continue reading

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Is perception reality? …really?

I mentioned in the prior post how John Medina’s Brain Rules helped me get my brain in the right frame of mind to connect with It’s all invented in the Zanders’ book. It’s not exactly the point that the Zanders’ … Continue reading

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Book review: The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility by Roz and Ben Zander, Harvard Press (c) 2000. In my life there have been a handful of books that made a major, lasting impact on me.  A couple of them truly changed my life-they altered … Continue reading

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