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"Intrepid Creativity" by Brian Mork ©1995-2010
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The internet and paper books have tons of information about
It's not as if you can't find the information you need.
Resources abound in the age of Internet search engines. But
getting your foothold onto this new
technology just takes too much time.
A fancy new piece of software or hardware has a limited lifetime.
Some new technology will replace software a year
down the road. Hardware maybe a few years.
Properly understanding your business and deciding what resources to
bring to bear in what way -- choosing an architecture and collection of
available tools -- can last much longer.
I do business processes, not software
Individuals and zippy Internet firms often don't understand the
rhythms and choreography of how you do things, how your brain thinks.
you have available and your time limits create a unique situation.
Helping you frame that unique need and matching it against
solutions is what I do.
I've worked across the range of management to techno-geek. I've
been involved with the U.S. Government SBIR program since 1992 both as
a contractor writing proposals, on the government side writing topics,
and as lead evaluator for submitted proposals. I've written
miniature operating systems onto TTL chip CPUs, SCADA, PLC, real-time
I wrote my first drivers to handle 8" floppy disk I/O for a IMSAI
85% of the time, I've found that what's really necessary is
business needs and processes to computer capability that is already out
there. I have no altruistic
preference for Windows or Linux or Apple. They are not better or worse - just different. To
make intelligent decisions, you should understand the differences.
If you already are committed one way or the other, that's
probably fine! You can "save money" and "be more productive" by
learning what you have rather than whole-sale switching to the new fad.
Upgrades or switching operating systems may not be necessary. I
can help you
environment - you're probably stuck with what you have.
come on site, learn your business processes and advise you how to use
what you have. Alternately, let me do the leg work, research
work, and documentation to submit up the management chain a proposal to
fund that system you know you need.
- Make the decision to switch computing environments, and then help
you through the transition, or
- Stay committed to what you have and use it comprehensively
instead of the 25% most casual users tap into.
Academic computing - Maybe
you're trying to make your equipment last forever. I can help you
plan for a longer service life. Modify curriculum? Use alternate
hardware or software with minimum impact? Or, if you are the
beneficiary of a nice grant, you probably don't have time to do all the
shopping and vendor calls. Let me know what you need; I've worked in
your environment before, and I'll give you back a short list of who to
call to make the final decision. If you need someone to increase
the authority of your proposal's technical section, give me a holler.
Proprietor - it's frustrating to not have the time to be able to
and configure the slick environment you know is available out there.
Let me research the hardware and software market so you can
start using it. I'll install and
configure everything and write you a short and sweet cheat sheet to
help you get operating fast and continue operating quickly.
Small Businesses -
simply put, you don't have the time to mess around with this stuff.
Let me research the hardware and software market so you can
include details in your next grant proposal. Any SBIR or other
technical proposal should include some hardware upgrade or item you've
wanted. Each time, something is justified. Let me help you
piece together a fantastic lab by understandign what you have and
getting what you need.
Non-profit - the hardware and
you're using was donated, or acquied through some large organizational
purpose, with little thought of how you're going to use it. Maybe
you have equipment that is way too powerful and capable, and simply
trading down to targeted equipment you need is appropriate. Maybe
making old hardware work with new problems is needed. Worse case,
can develop a well-documented request for funds or grants to fill the
Transitions to sole
proprietorship or individual family
use - for 15 years, you've had the support of the IT department at
work, and lots of dollars to buy new hardware. Your company buys
a new printer every 2 years. As an individual, you can't afford
that. Let me
show you how to use what you can afford well. Or, if something
has become such a liability to you, let me help you find a
Here's what I can do for you:
"Soft" work such as traveling to
your location, discussions with you, meeting with clients, customers,
or employees, I bill at $50/hr. "Hard" work such as software
research, programming software, beta testing, report generation,
curriculum development, documentation, technical writing, I bill at
- Write software - These days, this largely means Internet
GUI interfaces and the databases behind them (if necessary). I
have a predilection for the LAMP suite - Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP -
although recently I've been doing more OSX because it gives me the
Apple OS and BSD Linux underneath. Look at my own web
pages. I am not a flashy features laden designer. I value
content. I do web pages as necessary to make that content
smartly, succinctly, and lucidly available for others. Flashy
features only if required.
- Guided tutorial lessons - If you receive an hour or two
guided testing a word processor or spreadsheet or web
browser, with your
data, in your
computing environment, you'll have a much better feel of what you want.
I'll have a much better idea of what tutorial or reference
material you need to be repeatedly productive when you launch out on
your own using the software.
- Application Software Research - "I
want a program to do this..." I will find
what you need, or if a single solution doesn't exist, I'll find the top
3 choices and take
the time to explain the differences to you. I'll deliver to you
an interactive discussion, a summary report, or a stand-up brief.
I'll install, configure, and train your staff, or if you
decide that none are what you want, that's fine too. I have
no vested interest in selling you a certain product. I am your beta tester
and educational program manager.
maintenance - As you work in a computing environment, you often need
changes. For example, upgrades to memory, installation
of printer, configuration for more users, automated backup,
or training new processes.
"When you don't know where else to go, go back to the beginning."
page is maintained by Brian Mork, owner & operator of InCreaTM
// It was last modified July 2011. Suggestions for changes and
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