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I can no longer work from home over VPN ?
I can no longer connect to our VPN server and work from home. Today the server suddenly asks me to run a 'Cisco Secure Desktop' trojan, and I've configured OpenConnect to do this (both via a GUI dialog, and the --csd-user command line option to openc...
The "Rules" of Writing
There are a lot of axioms that get tossed around in creative writing courses, books on writing, and of course, the internet. Often, these little gems are explained to new writers as though they were fact, to be taken for granted. Just as often, exper...
My son was sent home from sleepover, for bad behavior
I need some help with turning a very disappointing event into a learning opportunity. Last night my 9-year-old son was to spend the night with my neighbor's son, and the neighbor's girlfriend's kids. During the course of the evening my doorbell rings...
How do I get myself out of bed in the morning?
I find that I often wake up at a decent time, but don't get out of bed immediately. This results in me falling asleep again for another hour. This process might repeat itself once or twice, resulting in anywhere from 1 to 3 hours of extra unnecessary...
Asking for help in IT in a senior position while keeping credibility
I am working in a senior position in an IT department. Having learnt a new technology recently and being quite experienced, I rarely, if ever, get stuck on programming matters. Lately, I have noticed a colleague who takes pride in his technical profi...
How to estimate how long an unfamiliar task will take?
Imagine you or your organization is going to do a project of a kind it's never done before. How can you estimate how long this will take? This page is mostly a copy of this pm.stackexchange.com question, license: CC BY-SA 3.0.