Sera Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
developerWorks staff, IBM
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Principles of preoccupation
June 20, 2003
Candace York explores the yin of programming and its balance, the yang of snack food. Could programmers function without a constant focus on sugary treats?
Fantastic IP voyage
May 28, 2003
Ted Shrader's team of time-skipping scientists takes on another challenge -- the problem of pop-ups.
5 ways to entertain yourself while you're on the phone
May 12, 2003
There's surely a good use for conference calls, but most of them are ... well ... somewhat less than compelling. Sera Lewis gives you some ideas that should keep your chin from hitting the keyboard halfway through.
Slam dunk your first customer visit
April 28, 2003
Meeting that big customer to nail the account? You've got the numbers and the slides; Candace York provides a little guidance on the rest of your pitch.
April 11, 2003
It's good to go to class, right? And it's good to practice what you learn in class. Unless, of course, you just can't get whatever it is you're supposed to do working. And unless, of course, people are watching you flail miserably at your keyboard. Kim Holmes explores the darker side of picking up design skills.
Little-known chat room abbreviations
March 11, 2003
Doug Tidwell, Leah Ketring, and Sera Lewis have uncovered a few chat room abbreviations that other sites have missed
The value of face time
February 3, 2003
The developerWorks editorial team knows the value of electronic meetings -- they work from around the world by phone, by e-mail, and by instant messaging. It's only when they try to meet in person that the skies open and the airports close. Denise Ruterbories explains.
Upholding good through the ages
December 20, 2002
Ted Shrader lets us in on a little-known nefarious visit from Mars, and the secret band of time-travellers that protect us all.
Help for the helpless
December 3, 2002
Ever feel like you'd rather wait in line at a government office than have to call the help desk? Kristin Kullmann offers an alternative to four-hour telephone conversations with tech experts.
The science of acronym development
November 4, 2002
No matter how much time you spend developing your new project, it'll never become the next killer app without one key ingredient: a great acronym. Nirmal Mukhi gives you an introduction to the Science of Acronym Development (SAD).
IBM Research announces Super Spamatoresistive (SSR) disk technology
October 21, 2002
Doug Tidwell explains how you can have your spam and eat it, too.
I don't have no stinking virus
October 07, 2002
Candace York explains how she knows that Monique, her computer, definitely does NOT have a virus.
Wireless devices we really need
September 18, 2002
The folks who work in the Pervasive Computing lab here at IBM are missing out on some great product ideas. Sera Lewis fills them in on stuff that would really sell.
Upholding good in the world
September 3, 2002
Spider-Man they aren't. Ted Shrader visits the world of the third-rate superhero.
Setting goals: a print-it-yourself tool
July 29, 2002
The year is almost over. Have you written up your goals yet? Sera Lewis provides a handy tool that will generate them for you.
VR vs. RL
July 8, 2002
In science fiction future worlds, you plug in literally -- through a shunt embedded in your neck. Then you spend your days online, swimming through a virtual world that's just as deadly as the real one. Several things disturb Sera Lewis about this future technology, not least the fashions that would accompany the implants.
Bipartisan panel proposes anti-Internet tax
June 24, 2002
Lawmakers in Washington have announced that the U.S. Congress is considering a revolutionary anti-Internet tax. Though details of the plan have not been formally announced, there's no shortage of comments on the proposal. Doug Tidwell reports.
Why is this pig smiling?
June 10, 2002
Cyber Evangelist Doug Tidwell travels the world for IBM. Where restaurants are concerned, some things are the same all over.
Codenames you'll never see
May 27, 2002
Where do project codenames come from? Candace York wants to know -- and has some suggestions for names she'd like to see.
A world turned upside down
May 13, 2002
Ted Shrader plugs in America's colonies and gives them a whole new ISP. If they'd had instant messaging a couple of hundred years ago, Paul Revere could have skipped the whole midnight ride thing.
Sisyphus to fix all known security flaws
April 29, 2002
Sisyphus will no longer push that boulder up the mountain, Doug Tidwell reports. Instead, he'll have a task appropriate for the new century.
April 15, 2002
What would you do with an unending supply of little clay people -- just like you, but disposable -- to battle your busywork? Sera Lewis explores the possibilities.
April 1, 2002
Doug Tidwell explores Emacs commands that let you psychoanalyze your system.