Jeffrey Mann

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2014’s New Years Anti-Resolutions

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

For the past several years, I have written a series of blog posts on anti-resolutions for the new year. Publishing predictions in a blog or video post around this time of year is easy and predictable. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is enough reason for me not to do it. My resolutions are “anti” […]

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No Email or More Social?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  August 16, 2012  |  4 Comments

Friend or Foe?” cries the clichéd sentinel on a foggy castle keep. With email, it seems no one knows how to answer that question. Without email, I could not live the way I choose to or do my work the way I like to do. Unquestionably, email has made my life better. But like most […]


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Yes, I want an iPad, but not THAT much

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 27, 2011  |  2 Comments

I am not usually all that into gadgets, and I have never understood the manic devotion to all things Apple that some normally rational people display. I don’t have an iPhone (I tried, but that’s a long, not very interesting story) and am very happy with my Blackberry Torch. I get a secret satisfaction out […]


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Social Media Makes Everything New, Except What Isn’t

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 23, 2011  |  2 Comments

Social media policies are proving to be a minefield for companies and individuals learning to navigate the shoals of what is permissible, desirable or merely awkward. Digital channels multiply the opportunities for potential cIashes between what we think we are doing or saying as private individuals, and the reasonable interests of our employers or other […]


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New Years Anti-Resolutions for 2011

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 1, 2011  |  6 Comments

For the last two years, I have done blog posts on what I call my anti-resolutions for the year. Many bloggers publish their predictions, personal resolutions and highlights around the end of the year. So I won’t. If lots of people do something, that usually is a good enough reason for me not do it. […]


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KLM Shows How to Use Social Media During Ash crisis, and Air France How Not to

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 18, 2010  |  27 Comments

I spent a good part of the weekend surfing web sites to find more information about how the volcano eruption in Iceland is decimating travel in Europe; partly because it is a fascinating event, but mostly because my wife is in Canada and wants to get home. I booked her tickets using points on, […]


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Ada Lovelace Day: Women in Technology

by Jeffrey Mann  |  March 24, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

A few weeks ago, I blogged about signing a pledge to blog about a woman in technology I admire on March 24, 2009, aka Ada Lovelace day. The subject I chose is certainly an unsung heroine, as I cannot remember her name. She was the administrator for the computer center at Davidson College where I […]

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Marvelous Idea from Australia

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 14, 2009  |  Submit a Comment

I came across this picture this week from a trip I took to Australia about a year ago. I was so struck by what a marvelous idea it was that I had to stop and take a picture. That black rectangle is a rubber mat, like you sometimes see on children’s playgrounds. This mat keeps […]

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Apple Myths

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 10, 2009  |  6 Comments

Dissing anything Apple is one of the most dangerous things a blogger can do, but I feel obliged and justified. Baiting Apple fans is second only to criticizing open source as a way to generate vituperative comments. I have always had a mixed marriage with my wife preferring Macs and me needing to use Windows […]


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How can I be too busy to go to work?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  October 3, 2008  |  1 Comment

It sounds strange, but I realized this morning that I am actually too busy with my job to go to work. Like many analysts, I work primarily from home. Combined with the time I spend traveling, I rarely get the chance to go into my “official” office. I think that the last time I was […]

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