Some holiday reading …
Friday, December 4, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
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 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
Load Shedding in South Africa coincides with Lock Down Level 2!
Friday, August 7, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
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
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020
My first book has been published.
Title: The Torah as an Enlightenment Toolkit
Author: David Lipschitz
Publisher: Smashwords, Inc.
"David is uniquely skilled at making the age-old Torah accessible to all. His very up-front, candid skill at translating an essentially symbolic and anecdotal tome into something that is immediately usable and relevant to today’s society is awe-inspiring. This book by David is critical to maintain the relevance of this holy wisdom in today’s modern, crazed world; something the world desperately needs. David, thus, takes us backwards, in order to go forwards, skilfully connecting our spiritual history & direction with today’s fast-paced, modern world. All the answers are in the Torah; David gives them to us in a language one can relate to and understand.
"David’s acute skill in creating “The Torah as an Enlightenment Toolkit” enables society to re-ground themselves in an age-old, G_d-given wisdom. This effectively, and expertly, replaces today’s societal lack of moral understanding with guidance that is solid, clear and usable by anyone. His skill at delivering this unique expertise is firmly encapsulated in his hard-hitting, energetic and explanatory skills that do not offend. Rather, his method immediately draws one in like a magnet to the unique, magical and critical messages offered by the Torah. David skilfully reinvents the Torah for the modern world at large."
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
I think we should be aware of Corona Virus, especially for any group events we do, but we shouldn’t let it distract us from our mission(s) and we must not let fear override our common sense.
Of course we must take precautions, but we mustn’t shut down our lives.
There are energetic ways to protect ourselves as well as opportunities to boost our immune systems.
For example we can use this time to stay away from sugar and starch (sugar) and perhaps take up intermittent fasting and stay away from fast foods.
We have an opportunity to use Corona as a catalyst to change the way we think. And especially to get others to change the way they think.
We have an opportunity to investigate how short our lives are and how much work we still need to do.
Let’s take these opportunities without being fearful and with the knowledge that whatever happens we have taken the right path, thought the right thoughts, eaten the right food, and as best we can, shared our world with each other.
Here’s to our health and the health of our planet.
I wrote the following in 2010:
Monday, November 8, 2010