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Author Archives: Daren Robbins

About Daren Robbins

Solutions architect, project manager, business analyst, and devout technical humanist.

A bit about tablet platforms

We’ve worked with a variety of mobile platforms, and as with all choices there are lots of pros and cons to consider before making a commitment. Let us skip past the discussion on who offers the slickest hardware, because we … Continue reading

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The megafauna of the QR ecosystem – scannable rooftops!

QR ever further blurs the line between marketing to your customers vs. marketing to their devices with scannable rooftops! New technology places a QR code on large rooftops to provide meta-data to mapping services (e.g., Google, Bing, …). Get ready … Continue reading

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“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”

Brooke’s Law remains a fundamental principle in software project management. Which is to say, it’s usually ignored. If your project is late, it’s not because you need more resources now – it’s because you needed them all along. You add … Continue reading

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Moving “to the cloud”

The latest buzzphrase actually has a lot of merit – server capacity has evolved much faster than the demands of business software, and ask as you might, neither Dell nor HP will sell you half a server. The federal government … Continue reading

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Speaking good human?

Technology consultant… it doesn’t exactly conjure up an image of interpersonal communication prowess. All too often, when you find someone with the skills to meet ones and influence zeros, you’ve found someone who hasn’t quite mastered the social graces. A … Continue reading

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Total cost of ownership and the third party

It’s an attractive offer – a third party, open source (or otherwise free) framework offering a host of features that your solution really needs. But is it really free? The value proposition from these packages is quite simple. First, they … Continue reading

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New website launched!

We’ve launched our new website @ http://www.graphiteinc.com ! We’re very excited to have our new online presence ready – hope you will take a look!

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On the other side of the table

Reviewing comps for our own new website – an interesting experience to be on the other side of the table! We’re “eating our own dog food” on this project and following through a formal development process as we build out … Continue reading

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New Android app: Easy-prompter

Easy teleprompter script scrolling app with optional reflection for use with mirrors and a high contrast invert mode for automatically converting black-on-white content to white-on-black. Any web page can be used as your teleprompter script including images/etc. Images will be … Continue reading

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New Android app: Markup

Mark up your photos with comments and drawings then save or share the result via email/facebook/etc. Quick and easy touch based drawing and text on top of your photos. See screenshots for examples. Install (from phone only)

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