The year was traumatic. Reading provided welcome escape, especially history and biography. It was great to get into the head of an author who has yet to hear the phrase ‘social distancing’.

For your consideration, these are some of the titles I found memorable in my 2020 reading:


I help people use technology to work efficiently. I analyze the way people work, find broken processes and/or systems, and help find a solution using the most current technologies.

I am not a strict academic. I am always looking for inspiration in odd places.

Most people wouldn’t think that Northern…


Microsoft Office has a cool tool called Power Automate that let’s you create incredibly powerful automations for almost anything you can do with your computer. The amazing thing is that there’s no code. Anyone who’s comfortable working in Microsoft Office or on the web in general can use these tools.


the home office…

Now is an incredible time to start a new business. There are some fantastic tools online, powerful, cheap, and easy to use. It’s never been easier!

But you need to do one basic thing to make sure that you used these tools safely. You don’t want to store your valuable…


is a platform for reporting on how your organization is collaborating internally and externally. The system also provides tools to create action plans to help you act on insights gained from the reporting. …


Nevada in January

Full disclaimer, I climbed seriously for more than ten years.


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“Film is art, TV is furniture, theater is life.”

We used to say this seriously when I was studying acting in NY in my twenties. The experience of performing in front of a live audience is singular. When you are young and commit to becoming an actor, it is easy…


I’ve lived in New York City for more than 30 years. What most visitors do not understand is how much our city is a collection of small neighborhoods with different personalities. I live in one neighborhood and work in another. I probably spend 80% of my life in these two…


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Too many enterprise software projects fail. A surprising number of movies bomb as well, but there are important things that a movie producer can teach us about technical project implementation. Nevertheless, there is one significant point where the comparison breaks down…

The producer is the driver behind a film production…


A view from the home office in Tribeca NYC

SharePoint built-in analytics are good for a few things, but there are plenty of times you need to look at the raw data to understand how people are using your platform. We have an on-premises SharePoint 2016 farm. …

Christopher Smith

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