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Sunday, September 27, 2020

What is the most amazing application that you have built?

As part of the registration process on TopTal (Top Talent), one is asked "What is the most amazing application that you have built?" and one is requested to refer to someone with similar experience to what one has. This someone is Taras Mykhailovych, and you can find out about him here.

Pondering the question about the most amazing application, I immediately thought back to an incredible textile system that I developed from scratch in the 1990s and an accounting system that I developed and integrated for a client in the 2000s. I been involved with so many other amazing developments over the past 30 years of my software development career.

But the project that stands out for me is the project I'm currently working on. It is called PiMan, and it is a planning and monitoring system for the Western Cape Government (WCG). PIMAN stands for Performance and Monitoring and Management.

I am so lucky to be part of the incredible Sinjani team who were nominated to develop this software, and we are developing it in Oracle PL/SQL, Oracle APEX, and using JavaScript and NodeJS libraries. The software integrates with the Sinjani Statistics Management System, written in Oracle PL/SQL "full stack", htp.p, with HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, NodeJS, and other libraries.

I am involved in a cross-functional team that straddles IT, Planning, Health Management, Corporate Services and other departments of the WCG.

As part of the team, I have been allowed to design the ERD's and data structures, and after three months development there are already 39 tables, 25 APEX Pages, and the beginnings of a Power BI Dashboard. I have not only been enhancing my 30+ years of Oracle and Relational Database knowledge but also been doing Udemy courses to improve my APEX, and PowerBI and learn Python. All this learning time is in my own time, as I am a contractor, and my clients expect me to know these things and not to have to learn on the job. Sometimes clients ask me specifically to learn a new technology on the job, as they realise that I contribute massively to all the projects on which I work. I am always interested in the entire project, and not only the piece I am doing.

Lockdown has meant that over 2,500 WCG staff and contractors are working from home. Statistics show that 63% of staff are (were) office-based, and 80% of these staff, working from home in 2020, feel that they are more productive working from home, which is positive news for health, for traffic reduction, for getting out of buildings and a huge positive for our environment.

Note that PiMan is enormous and it is an 18-month project, which I'm hoping to complete in 9 months. We are 3 full-time months in, although we started six months ago. This because of my other workload for WCG. I also still have other clients, one on a retainer and others ad-hoc. So if you need me, contact me, and I can help you with urgent needs, just as a doctor or healer quickly identifies and diagnoses a problem, and sets you on a course to heal it. My multipotentiality nature and comprehensive learning and intuition help me to intuitively and rapidly identify patterns and processes and paths through the information maze in which we find ourselves and where the modern problems are mysteries rather than puzzles. With a puzzle, you know which piece is missing. With a mystery, you have all the pieces (data and information), but you don't know where to look, or maybe you don't even know where to start.

Note also that I have registered on TopTal as I learn so much when I register on these AI-driven web sites. Being acknowledged as a Top Talent Developer will be a feather in my cap and an acknowledgement of my capabilities and knowledge, and it will help potential clients learn about me so that I have work once PiMan is completed.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

#OpenUp and #WorkFromHome

 Load Shedding in South Africa coincides with Lock Down Level 2!


The Authorities (and building owners) want us to go back to work. But we have proved that we can do our work from home and in fact we can do it much better and more efficiently than before, with less stress and an ability to work anytime on urgent projects, and our clients typically get more hours from us when we work from home.

So buy a generator or simply buy a UPS that allows your computer or laptop and network to keep running so that you can keep working from home, load shedding or not. Just think how much money you save by only needing one car in your family or by not needing to travel to work each day. Transport costs can be a huge part of one's budget, never mind all the sicknesses that one gets by working in office buildings.

Covid19 came to teach all office workers to work from home. To get all conferences to happen from home. To get schooling to happen from home. To dramatically reduce business travel.

By continuing to do these things we continue make nature beautiful again. And Open up will allow us to go to restaurants and to visit each other and to enjoy each other's company, without hurting our planet and without hurting our Mother, Nature.
 
#LoadShedding #LockDown #OpenUp #WorkFromHome #Health
 
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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Your government loves "our people"

You wake up in the morning and discover this letter in your box:

"Hi David. Just to let you know that a new 5G aerial is being installed on your property at 3am tomorrow morning. Two days later, because this council owned pole is on your property, it will have 4G, 3G and any other aerial that your government feels is beneficial installed on the pole. The fact that you have a government owned electricity pole and perhaps a Telkom pole carrying a Telkom cable on your property means that your government has the right to not only install cables on your property, but also to install ANY type of Wifi device on your property. And if you normally switch off your house wifi at night to minimise electrical interference, don't worry, because the pole outside your house will be transmitting and receiving 24 hours a day. Thanks for your loyal vote. We appreciate it. Regards, Your Government."

I put this in quotes, because how would you feel if you woke up tomorrow morning and found this letter in your post box?

Friday, July 24, 2020

How to survive and thrive in a world without work

I wrote a book about how survive and thrive in a world without work, where automation and machine learning and artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic take over.

The book is the result of 21 years of R&D and millions invested and over 20,000 hours invested. If a large strategy consultancy had done this work it would have cost about R130 million (US$7.5 million).

I thought it might take us another 15 years to get there. Little did I know that it would take six months and that it has already happened according to the NY Times "About 30 million American workers — one out of every five — are collecting jobless benefits."

My book is here: It is only R30 (US$1.73) until the end of July, after which it will be R60 (US$3.45). I have priced it for wide dissemination among the middle class who are suffering the most at the moment and who can "fix" this if they (we) wish. We cannot rely on the people and systems who got us into this mess and who want to "get back to normal." There is a new normal at the moment. We must grab it and accept it and work with it.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Dear Bill Gates

Dear Bill

Whilst you’ve been building businesses and looking at the next 5 years, others have been looking at the next 100 and 1000 years. No blame. Just let’s get on with it and stop being PC and say it as it is.

I did a part time Executive MBA at Cranfield in the UK in 1991 / 1992 and I knew something was wrong, and in 1999, I invented a new retirement paradigm (Note that I define retirement differently to other people), which morphed into a way to survive a world without work, ie the fourth industrial revolution, a world of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning), and now that Covid19 has finally arrived to teach humanity to realise the mistake that most of us have been making for the past 500 years, and wake us up, to the possibility of infinity and real abundance on earth, I realise that I’m here at exactly the right time. I’ve been praying (and talking and writing) for over 20 years that Office Workers will work from home with all the associated environmental (external and internal) benefits this brings. I didn’t know that God (Mother Nature if you like) would provide Covid19, but it has quickly shown that we can work from home. It has closed conference centres, hopefully forever. Conferences are online where they should be and I can attend conferences anywhere in the world without leaving my house! And hopefully business travel will cease except for building and fixing machines and other hands on requirements. People should only be able to travel to visit family and for sport. And schools can close, but schooling can continue.

We cannot rely on the people and the systems which got us into this mess, which includes the big think tanks, strategy consultancies, WEF, (old fashioned) accountants, economists, etc. What we need to do is “sell" a new system and the first real paradigm shift in 500 years since Enclosure started, to bring the world out of its crises whilst at the same time “fixing" the world (as best we can). At some point I realised that working outside the McKinseys and Bains of this world means that I stayed away from dogma, which I don’t have and which I’ve steered clear of, allowing me to learn and understand history and ancient wisdom and realise how it can be applied to the modern world.

Since 1999, I been doing R&D and understanding what’s possible in a world without work, and my User Manual for Life on Earth is a result of this. See https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1029328  It is only $345 and at the moment it is on Smashwords with a 25% opening special discount. A really inexpensive way to save the world and bring it into an entirely new age.

Happy to discuss and find a way forward. Please let me know if you are interested in continuing this discussion?

Regards
David

David Lipschitz BSc (Honours) Scientist MBA 
Director of My Power Station Technology (Pty) Ltd. Est. 1994.
Oracle Full Stack Development.
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Author of "A User Manual For Life On Earth (Enclosure Version 2): How to survive and thrive in a world without ‘work' in the AI and ML driven Fourth Industrial Revolution and in an Age of Plagues."
Author of "The Torah as an Enlightenment Toolkit: How everyone can move from the Jacob Archetype to the Israel Archetype."
Making sense in complexity.