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The Tyranny of Small Decisions

The Tyranny of Small Decisions Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Generational differences show up in many ways, with cultural references being one example. The phrase ‘death by 1000 cuts’ has one meaning for boomers and perhaps a totally different meaning for fans of […]

Do you work in Caffa?

Do you work in Caffa? Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Do you work in Caffa? How old do you think biological warfare is? We might think of it as a recent invention but I came across a mention of it being used in […]

Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Eye in the sky 1982: I am the eye in the sky Looking at you I can read your mind I am the maker of rules Dealing with fools I can cheat you blind […]

Spot The Difference

Spot The Difference Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus One way to test your powers of observation is to play the ‘Spot the difference’ game. That is where you have two pictures and you need to find the differences between them. Here is one from […]

Let Me Count The Ways

Let Me Count The Ways Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being […]

What Do You Know?

What Do You Know? Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus When we are born, we know nothing. We react to our environment and start to learn, even before we leave the womb. Some lessons come with some difficulty: Yes it hurts when we touch the […]

The Password Is…

The Password Is… Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus From 1961 to 1975, Allen Ludden hosted a game show where two celebrity-contestant teams tried to guess words by giving one-word clues. An unseen announcer would tell the viewing audience what the ‘password’ was. It was […]

Risky Business

Risky Business Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   What do the words ‘avoidance’, ‘management’, ‘assessment’, and ‘taker’ have in common? They are often paired with the word risk. We all face risks every day. When we drive our car, if we get on an […]

How Long Have You Lived Here?

How Long Have You Lived Here? Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   When we have a conversation with someone who we are getting to know, one of the questions we might ask is “How long have you lived here?”. Their answer cues us in […]

Zero Trust and Social Capital

Zero Trust and Social Capital Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   You would have to be almost completely removed from any use of computers to have missed all the coverage of the SolarWinds attack and all the subsequent fallout. The effects of that attack […]