I’ll Go You One Better

I’ll Go You One Better Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   We have all been in the situation where we relate a story and someone has to jump in and relate a better story. If you don’t have one you can recall, here is […]

Vagueness and The Beast of Gévaudan

Vagueness and The Beast of Gévaudan Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Over 12 years, 100 people were reportedly attacked by a beast in the French countryside. Victims included men, women, and children. Some were partially eaten. Speculation included there being possibly more than […]

Rent or Buy?

Rent or Buy? Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus Rent or buy (or lease or buy) is a decision that people go through both personally and in business. One accountant I worked with provided this simple decision tree. If it depreciates, lease it. If it […]

AI..EI..OH!

AI..EI..OH! Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus AI (Artificial Intelligence) is everywhere these days. What comes to your mind when AI is mentioned, Skynet, Alexa, advanced medical diagnoses? Varying degrees of artificial learning/decision making are going on all the time and we are mostly unaware […]

Amnesia and Normalcy

Amnesia and Normalcy Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   I mentioned this article on Wikipedia in an earlier blog. The idea of landscape amnesia mentioned that there is an interesting one to apply to the world of technology. Landscape amnesia refers to changes that […]

When Is a Combination Lock Not a Combination Lock?

When Is a Combination Lock Not a Combination Lock? Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus Sometimes you think you know something and you have known it for a long time and you find out it is wrong. Sometimes it is very wrong, like when they […]

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 […]

Belt and Suspenders

Belt and Suspenders Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Belt and suspenders   A “belt and suspenders approach” is a phrase “commonly used in business negotiations to describe a situation in which two protective strategies are used to minimize the risk that would be […]

Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition

Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition Riverbank Ruminations; Observations from The Banks of The Technology River Tom Evans ~  Ashton Engineer Emeritus   Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition… Reg (slightly irritatedly and with exaggeratedly clear accent) One of the cross beams has gone out askew on the treddle. Lady Mountback Well what on earth does that mean? […]

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 […]