Thursday, January 31, 2013

essay on packet radio

         PACKET: FOR RADIO PEOPLE OR COMPUTER PEOPLE?
                         Fiction, by Travis A. Wise (c.1993)
 
     My name is Travis Wise.  My callsign is KB8FOU, and I have my General
class license.  I have been a ham for four years, and I have been active
on packet for three of those four years.  I am also active on VHF and UHF
frequencies, and dabble in HF.  I am a "radio person."
 
     I am also a "computer person." I have been using computers for many years,
and as a BBS SysOp, I am fairly knowledgeable about computers.  I had little
problem hooking up my packet TNC to my computer, and working out the software
and hardware bugs.
 
     Many people are both "computer people" and "radio people," but there is
a large population of hams who have never delt with computers before, and
are now getting into packet.  This is encouraged even more by the no-code
Technician license.  In this story, I make a clear difference between "computer
people" and "radio people."  Please keep in mind that I know some people are
both (as I am), and some are neither, but in this case, the person was a
"radio person," and not a "computer person," and so I will emphasize that
case.
 
     Living in Silicon Valley, our club of 300 hams has a number of packet
guru's, and I seem to have recently become one.  Shawn, a fellow club member,
contacted me a few months ago and told me that he had a new TNC, and a
Commodore 64 computer.  Many of the components were still in the box, and he
really wasn't sure where to go from that point.  Shawn is not a "computer
person."  He has never used a computer before, and really wasn't sure what to
do.  Shawn is, however, a "radio person," an avid contester active on most
HF and VHF bands, and an Advanced class ham.  I volunteered my services to
help him get up on packet, and a few weeks and one sheet cake later, we were
keyboarding to each other.
 
     It took many weeks before Shawn was comfortable with the packet commands,
and a few months until he was a packet afficianado.  Through nightly tutoring
sessions on the club's 1.2 GHz repeater, and a few books and other reading
material (including Larry Kenney, WB9LOZ's, "Introduction to Packet Radio"),
Shawn was soon exploring new frequencies and using PBBSs.
 
     Shawn had no trouble connecting his TNC to his computer and to his
radio, and little trouble with the terminal software itsself...it was menu
driven, and, as we say in the computer business, fairly user friendly.  Shawn's
biggest stumbling blocks were the TNC commands and the PBBS commands.
 
     Not being a "computer person," Shawn lacked some of the background
knowledge about some of the TNC commands, but he quickly picked up on the
important ones.  As I told him, its not necessary to memorize every command
and its function...we only use a few of them on a daily basis.  Still, the
number of commands and the format in which they were presented were major
obstacles.
 
    Maybe if the manuals and books presented the commands in a two chapter
format: One chapter for the daily-useage commands (MONITOR, MYCALL, CONNECT,
DISCONNECT, etc.), and another chapter for the rarely-used commands, it would
be less intimidating, and more easily understood.
 
     "Computer people" often have a certain amount of aquired logic when it
comes to working with computers.  They understand about the flow of data,
and the causes of certain effects on the hardware and software.  People new
to the computer world often have trouble with computers until they learn
this logic, and become comfortable with the computer.
 
     Shawn's second stumbling block was the BBS commands.  I suddenly found
myself explaining commands which I had never thought twice about, such
as the differences between "L" and "LM", and why "LM" doesn't mean "LIST
MESSAGES".  As I mentioned, I'm a SysOp of a BBS (catering to Ham files), and
the software I use is well written, and the commands make sence.  They
are user friendly, and an industry standard.
 
     Shawn pointed something out to me which I had never thought of before...
many of the PBBS commands don't make sence, especially to a "radio person"
(versus a "computer person").  Why does "W" mean "bring up a list of available
files?"  Why do we have twenty varieties of the [L]ist command?  And that
prompt...I continuously hear from new packetteers that it is not recognizable
as a prompt!
 
     Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the BBS SysOps (my father is
one), and I'm not bashing the writers of the packet software, who all should
be highly commended for their volunteer work on the system which currently
supports thousands of users, and many times that in messages.  It's a marval
of ham radio that we have available, but as time goes on, and useage increases,
we find ways we can improve upon the system.
 
     I have already suggested that the authors of the books about packet and
the manual writers begin catagorizing the commands as "common useage" and
"rarely used" in their books.  I also suggest that the packet community
scrap all of the current commands used, make a list of all the necessary and
wanted commands, and match new, logical command letters to the phrases.
 
     If you think levels, or tiers if you wish, of menus would make the system
more confusing, take a look at the phone line BBSs, which have been in
existance for longer than packet, with many times more users.  When we're re-
writing the commands, let's look around at other services and see what they
use.
 
     As time marches on, computer makers and software publishers are making
computers more user friendly, and we need to be doing the same thing to
packet.  Let's make packet more user friendly to the "radio people" who are
now becoming packet operators.
 
     If you don't think there is a need to re-think our current way of doing
things, I encourage you to sit down with someone who doesn't know a thing
about computers, or, on the other end of the spectrum, someone who is very
knowledgeable about computers, and see how logical they think it is.  I think
we are used to the system because it is all we have, and we have been active
on it for a while, I know that was my situation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

unpretty tweet archives 12/2012 - 1/2013

Archived Tweets. 3h Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1350 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/jEYXsG Expand 25 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1055 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/LgqNSe Expand 24 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mike14780 @fitocracy Thanks Michael!! View conversation 24 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 637 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/AHBEcA Expand 23 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1506 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/PwK7mP Expand 22 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1428 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/kKL3TK Expand 20 Jan Noah Zerkin ‏@noazark Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy. pic.twitter.com/cx93BXKY Retweeted by Travis Wise View photo 20 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 287 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/nZkKc2 Expand 19 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1099 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/ZNxVua Expand 19 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq My 50 gallon fishtank is up. http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-aquarium.html … Expand 18 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1178 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/V9CUcU Expand 16 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 986 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/7YLRGr Expand 16 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq When your marketing campaign uses the safety of the President's children as your primary message ... you need a new primary message. Expand 15 Jan John Gruber ‏@gruber Facebook Graph Search was built by the guys who did Google Wave, so you know it’ll be a hit: http://www.wired.com/business/2013/01/the-inside-story-of-graph-search-facebooks-weapon-to-challenge-google/all/ … Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 15 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1330 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/aaAFzt Expand 14 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 840 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/e8tf5i Expand 13 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1216 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/FJAv66 Expand 12 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1175 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/BCKCgA Expand 11 Jan Danny Sullivan ‏@dannysullivan If you have to pay $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg, you shouldn't be messaging Mark Zuckerberg http://bit.ly/ZDHrhX Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 9 Jan Fitocracy ‏@fitocracy Fitocracy for Android has landed. Get it on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitocracy.app … Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 9 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1169 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/WJagJ4 Expand 9 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @omartorres2014 I've been watching this on NetFlix View conversation 8 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @louisgray Your fitbit steps tell otherwise! View conversation 8 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1317 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/xexbpi Expand 8 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq "Nerds Rule" bumper sticker on the Tesla Model S in the parking lot is a refreshing reminder to me that the middle school bullies were wrong Expand 7 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1332 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/XjVKqD Expand 5 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1568 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 4 Jan Megan Hulshizer ‏@mhulshizer Saw "gas station" translated as as "oil bank" and now I know what I am calling a gas station from now on. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 4 Jan Benjamin Ling ‏@bling0 Exactly right: MSFT should build better products for consumers rather than whining about Google http://readwrite.com/2013/01/03/googles-ftc-settlement-is-an-epic-fail-for-microsoft … Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 3 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1481 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 2 Jan Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1071 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 31 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Happy New Year! Expand 31 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @GFYeo Thanks GF! Happy New Year to you too! View conversation 30 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq My law school outlines are now published online: http://twisesq.blogspot.com/search/label/law%20school%20outlines … Expand 30 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq My California bar exam study materials are now published online: ttp://twisesq.blogspot.com/search/label/bar%20exam%20outlines Expand 29 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1883 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 28 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 730 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 27 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 986 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 26 Dec Jeff Jarvis ‏@jeffjarvis Got a RZuckerberg photo in my FB feed. Don't know whether it's public or to friends or cuz of tag, cuz FB doesn't say. G+ does (a good idea) Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 26 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Hey Randi, it's called the Streisand Effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect …) Expand 25 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @USAKhiemLe That's a wonderful thing to do. With a charity or work? View conversation 25 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @htnguyen What does that crusade entail? I need to do more of that. View conversation 24 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Watching Google Santa Tracker - http://www.google.com/santatracker Expand 24 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Multitasking work/life balance: Work conference call while varnishing plywood. Expand 23 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1593 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 22 Dec Bill Gross ‏@Bill_Gross "America had 11,000 gun-related homicides in 2008. Japan had 11. Does anyone know if they play video games in Japan?" @JensenClan88 Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 22 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Oh good, I found holiday music on YouTube so I don't have to deal with MP3's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRK4yFe4yQ … View media 22 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 2139 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 20 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Dear Government: How about you do your @#$%ing job for once? -- kthxbai, Your Bosses. Expand 20 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee your list is far more interesting View conversation 20 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq "I'm just happy to be here." http://goo.gl/2dZFW Expand 19 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just ousted @tylim as the mayor of Googleplex - The Stock Market on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/c84yR1 View summary 19 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @Airrun All of twitter is posts "just cuz" so that's a totally valid post! View conversation 19 Dec Stephen Lee ‏@StephenALee This just in: Santa has opened his Village for the world to see in preparation for his annual world tour at… https://plus.google.com/113529500519750819110/posts/hfZh6PjvuE6 … Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 18 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @oscarplee But ... did it work? :p View conversation 18 Dec Walt Mossberg ‏@waltmossberg Google’s Music Locker Now Works Like Apple’s and Amazon’s. Except It’s Free. @pkafka http://dthin.gs/T55rd5 Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 18 Dec Karl Schramm ‏@schitter Congratulations to @facebook for flushing their $1B @instagram investment down the toilet. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 18 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just reached Level 2 of the "Fixer Upper" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 5 different hardware stores! http://4sq.com/VOAecm View summary 18 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 2510 points for my workout on @Fitocracy! http://ftcy.me/UWzTG6 Expand 17 Dec Brian Wang ‏@brianmwang Wow. Google Now and voice search >>> Siri Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 17 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @schitter iPhone + bowl of pho = Pho Ne? View conversation 17 Dec Ars Technica ‏@arstechnica Anonymous continues its hack offensive against Westboro Baptist Church http://ars.to/12kJvje by @caseyjohnston Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 17 Dec Thomas Hawk ‏@thomashawk Goodbye Instagram, and fuck you. http://robwagpdx.com/goodbye-instagram-and-fuck-you/ … Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 17 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Petition to legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. http://wh.gov/RI5h Expand 17 Dec Nick Starr ‏@NickStarr Just used Craigslist for my Christmas shopping. Good news; Everyone's getting used couches! Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 17 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Inconsiderate dude on the bus: Your shitty headphones are too loud. That is all. Expand 16 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just ousted @michellesbaker as the mayor of Valero Camden Station on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/bHp19a View summary 15 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq This is hardly a well regulated militia. #FashionIsland #SandyHook Expand 15 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @defremix Euphemism or BBQ mishap? Hard to tell... View conversation 15 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @iantangprvte It's raining here too. Very cleansing and calm View conversation 15 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq "Focus on the user and all else will follow." -Google "Focus on trying to smear the company focused on the user." -MS http://goo.gl/F4olN View summary 14 Dec Mark Bakalor ‏@MarkBakalor More laws will help restrict law-abiding people from doing bad things but they won’t stop the crazy horrible assholes. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 14 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @trevorwin That's very true. A career-length investment. View conversation 14 Dec Rick Klau ‏@rklau "Demand solutions from our elected leaders to do something about the toll of gun violence on our nation." http://wearebetterthanthis.org/ Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 14 Dec Danny Sullivan ‏@dannysullivan Would be really nice if Obama said that yeah, maybe this is a good time to talk about gun control. And maybe we could discuss it rationally. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 14 Dec Gavin Newsom ‏@GavinNewsom Power of the people! #UC to "suspend further use" of new logo. I applaud UC for listening and pulling logo. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 14 Dec Aaron G. ‏@Airrun I notice that almost everyone uses Spotify at work or whatever. I use Google Play. I have all my music on there. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 14 Dec Google Local SF ‏@GoogleLocalSF Google launches 18 new Google+ features focusing on mobile, photos, events and Hangouts http://tnw.to/c0T7Z via @TNWgoogle Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 14 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Happy Friday everyone! (@ Googleplex - 1945) [pic]: http://4sq.com/VGslWx View photo 14 Dec Linda Lawrey ‏@LindaLawrey Apple Execs Are 'Seething' Over The World's Joyful Reaction To Google Maps For iPhone, Writes Top Apple Blogger. http://goo.gl/UlJAC Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @jonk I heard on the radio tonight that there is a shooting star flurry going on this week. View conversation 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Sushi with the accountants. (@ Sushi Maru) http://4sq.com/TfmpVT View summary 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just reached Level 4 of the "Bento" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 15 different Japanese Restaurants! http://4sq.com/TfmpFF View summary 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Congrats @mlevchin! RT @marissamayer: Welcome Max (@mlevchin)! [...] : http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121213006216/en/Yahoo%21-Appoints-Entrepreneur-Max-Levchin-Board-Directors … Expand 13 Dec Norm Liang ‏@normanliang If You Don't Design Your Career, Someone Else Will | LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121212083009-8353952-if-you-don-t-design-your-career-someone-else-will … Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 13 Dec Nick Starr ‏@NickStarr "I loved Apple Maps" - Amelia Earhart pic.twitter.com/0C3DNmSV Retweeted by Travis Wise View photo 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @madonjoe Tweet if you need rations, we can do a KickStarter campaign for an airlift! View conversation 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Organized my #foursquare lists #nyc #foodie #seoul http://goo.gl/4XLLK Expand 13 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq If you're headed south on 101 from SF to the Peninsula this morning, be aware that 101 South is closed in Redwood City due to an accident. Expand 12 Dec iOS 6 Maps ‏@iOS6maps I am so sad right now. Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq The noun form of "ask" is "request" #nowyouknow Expand 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 It does work on the "4" - confirmed. I'm guessing their servers are overloaded. :p View conversation 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 Yea, Apple needs to get their shit together. View conversation 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 It's free -- https://itunes.apple.com/app/id585027354?mt=8 … View app 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Finally all those iPhone users can find their way again. #googlemaps Expand 12 Dec Google Maps ‏@googlemaps It’s here. Google Maps for iPhone. Voice navigation, local search, Street View, transit & more. Get #GoogleMaps at http://goo.gl/1xdrx Retweeted by Travis Wise View app 12 Dec The Verge ‏@verge Google Maps for iOS is coming tonight, says AllThingsD http://vrge.co/Zi0LFO Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I donated because I want to support kids in California. http://www.donorschoose.org/project/google-chromebooks-for-stem-math-class/934928/?utm_campaign=twitter&givingCartId=1887695&utm_source=dc&utm_medium=sharebar … via @donorschoose Expand 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq 5 pounds of chocolates. #burp http://goo.gl/weM18 Expand 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Happy #121212concert (@ Googleplex - The Stock Market) http://4sq.com/VW4DLP View summary 12 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just unlocked the 'Be Robin Hood #121212concert' badge, triggering a $10 donation to support Sandy relief efforts! http://4sq.com/VW4Dvv View summary 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Millionaires vs Billionaires in Palo Alto. http://goo.gl/tz9hK Expand 11 Dec Greg Chase ‏@GregChase Have an image problem? Oh lets rebrand! No - how about fixing the problems first? http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57558552/new-university-of-california-logo-spurs-mockery/ … Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @iantangprvte I've seen that in past jobs. Learning how to deal with different personalities, and interpreting them correctly, is a skill. View conversation 11 Dec Gavin Newsom ‏@GavinNewsom New UC logo is disaster Sent lttr to Pres. Yudof asking to put this logo business behind us & focus on budget issues. http://say.ly/Fvp4LjH Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq CHP is making good use of our parking lot. http://goo.gl/J6X8w Expand 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @ikai Not to mention that it's YOUR money. View conversation 11 Dec Robert Scoble ‏@Scobleizer Ghost town? Then why have 3,000 signed up for my "building a company" community on Google+ in a few days? https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/VavXYJnWJXW … Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee Are we talking about coffee? View conversation 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at Googleplex - 1945 (Mountain View, CA) [pic]: http://4sq.com/VR4bP2 View photo 11 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Off to work. (@ Camden Ave Park and Ride) [pic]: http://4sq.com/X627y5 View summary 10 Dec Paul Kedrosky ‏@pkedrosky A record 61 percent of all patent lawsuits filed in US this year were brought by patent trolls - http://bit.ly/S09kTC Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 10 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @megabus Saw 3 of your shiny new buses in a caravan on Highway 280 in San Jose on Sunday - looking nice! View conversation 10 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @PwC_LLP Perhaps if more companies incl. Big-4 took better care of employees they wouldn't be seeing talent shortages as a key risk? View conversation 10 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Today's Groupon $29 for a $409 ONE MONTH gym membership. Who the f@#$ pays $409 for a one month gym membership? http://goo.gl/ckkyb View summary 9 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @bling0 @coudron I saw both also and agree Avenue Q was superior to Book of Mormon. View conversation 9 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1525 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/tQFzfk Expand 9 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at 24 Hour Fitness (San Jose, CA) http://4sq.com/VtdGhq View summary 9 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Silent monks singing the Hallelulia chorus from Handel's Messiah. http://goo.gl/kexcO Expand 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @iantangprvte I'm almost afraid to ask what the nametags mean... View conversation 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at Googleplex - B1900 Gym (Mountain View, CA) http://4sq.com/TSrHFT View summary 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just unlocked the "Shutterbug" badge on @foursquare for adding photos to my check-ins. Say cheese! http://4sq.com/SVvLpJ View summary 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @madonjoe I put mine up too. It's a little bigger. pic.twitter.com/2d9JK78X View photo 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I just reached Level 7 of the "Mall Rat" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 30 different malls! http://4sq.com/RKeIu2 View summary 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at The Home Depot (San Jose, CA) http://4sq.com/TRUjz9 View summary 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at Chase Bank (San Jose, CA) http://4sq.com/QPRBwz View summary 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @will_k The times between jobs are the most stress free periods, ever. Enjoy it! View conversation 8 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @TAGaerlan I was wondering about that last night. View conversation 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Google holiday party. (@ Fort Mason Center) http://4sq.com/ULibHy View summary 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Google holiday party. Men's room filled with guys figuring out how to tie a necktie. Crowded around laptop w/YouTube instructional video. Expand 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 You're very welcome, glad you had a good time! Great to meet you in person. Have a wonderful weekend in the bay area! View conversation 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Lunch with @mrbritesid3 and clement! (@ Googleplex - Big Table Cafe w/ @heyclement) http://4sq.com/RHRlBi View summary 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq If you can't advertise based on the strength of your product and you have to attack your competition, you're going to fail. Expand 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq The air freshener in the bathroom at work is cinnamon scented. Now using the bathroom makes me hungry and vice versa. #pavlov Expand 7 Dec Ian Kluft ‏@ikluft 40 yrs ago today: Apollo 17 launch, last manned lunar mission so far http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/imagery/apollo/as17/a17.htm … #space #history Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I'm at Googleplex - 1945 (Mountain View, CA) http://4sq.com/Uj3nLG View summary 7 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee "Likes" don't carry endorsements, just a desire to follow :D Expand 6 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @will_k Sorry to see you go Will, it's been fun working at the same company! Good luck on your next adventure :D Expand 6 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 Welcome!! I hope things are off to a good start! View conversation 6 Dec Ian Kluft ‏@KO6YQ Hey @windowsphone - this isn't the #DroidRage you're looking for. Move along. #android #jedi Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 6 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Introducing Google+: Communities! http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/google-communities-and-photos.html … Expand 6 Dec Ian Kluft ‏@KO6YQ Forbes: Microsoft's #DroidRage Anti-Android Twitter Campaign Backfires http://po.st/Qr3dxZ #android Retweeted by Travis Wise View summary 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Successfully gave someone directions to the closest WalMart. Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @TangoR3D I actually liked that show! View conversation 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee Thanks for the moleskin tips! Like reading abt how other people #GTD http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2012/07/gtd-best-practices.html … View conversation 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Sending some #google swag off to my buddies at @fitocracy who are making a great Android app! http://ftcy.me/4ULAZX Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1866 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/SVijGW Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq National Organization for Marriage boycott clearly fails @starbucks Turns out treating people fairly is good for biz http://goo.gl/IL638 Expand 5 Dec Pav S. Athwal ‏@IPmonster Inside Google's data center. This is #NERDtastic. http://goo.gl/cqFwc #google $GOOG #datacenter #cloud Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq People who doubt @blobyblo are nutty. Stanford Magazine - The Persecution of Daniel Lee - http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=40913#.UL-5jCRKnH0.twitter … Expand 5 Dec Louis Gray ‏@louisgray @twisesq This just in: Blurry photos taken by amateurs to look cool no longer display on service that can't expand beyond 140 characters. Retweeted by Travis Wise View conversation 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq #instagram won't share with #twitter now? Walled gardens make me nauseous. What's the problem? Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @dao_ism pretty sure she is the problem. View conversation 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Moar rain! pic.twitter.com/3IWFDdgC View photo 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq My first freshwater aquarium is up and running! http://goo.gl/MN1SK Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 San Jose... not so much. San Francisco... anything you want. :) View conversation 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @facebook thanks for the email, I really don't want to "vote" on your legal issues. Expand 5 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @khaistro Haha, clever! That's as close to Movember as I'd get too. View conversation 4 Dec A Googler ‏@google Download the updated @gmail app for iPhone & iPad http://goo.gl/v8J12 Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mrbritesid3 Why do you say that? View conversation 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq The office holiday tree is now lit. http://goo.gl/rxCLD Expand 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @defremix What goes inside a pretzel pocket? Pizza sauce? View conversation 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I never liked Brussels sprouts as a kid. Now I love them. Turns out roasting makes all the difference. http://goo.gl/P7q4D Expand 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee I wear Keen's most days, sometimes regular tennis shoes. Never dress shoes - they're not good for standing all day IMHO. View conversation 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee comfortable shoes are critical for this. pic.twitter.com/n2qGnXvj View photo 4 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee I got my standing desk about a year ago. It took a week to get used to it, now I'll never go back. I stand 80% of my day now. View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @defremix That was me in high school. Hot pockets, bagel bites, and pizza pockets. View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Starbucks app updated for Jelly Bean. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starbucks.mobilecard … from Santa Clara, CA 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1892 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/T86bGN Expand 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @kimmythegiraffe I wouldn't personally wear a dress that low-cut to an interview but if you feel comfortable in it, why not. View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @littlebeancurd That... didn't happen. View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Chinese units of Big 5 U.S. auditing firms charged - http://goo.gl/YbFS3 View summary 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee I'll never go back to a sitting desk. View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee I love my standing desk!! View conversation 3 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @kimmythegiraffe congrats!! How it goes well! View conversation 3 Dec Matt Cutts ‏@mattcutts A #freeandopen internet is critical: http://goo.gl/PtAWv This site is phenomenal: http://www.freeandopenweb.com/ Please share! Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee It was really good. My mom loved it too! View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @sketchee I'm reading! View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq The Book of Mormon. #mormonsf pic.twitter.com/xn6mZjof View photo 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Agreed, Android's gesture typing is a huge improvement. RT @brianmwang: I'm surprised iOS doesn't have gesture typing yet. It is the truth. Expand 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1496 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/HfMFcr Expand 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee No :) View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee I used to use foursquare (twisesq) but I haven't for a while. View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee I'm easily addicted to gamification like @fitocracy It's been great! View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee There isn't a good Google+/Twitter hack. I'm doing it manually using the "Silver Bird" #chrome app. View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee Very much so. #minimalism View conversation 2 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Weather Underground has a great weather tracking page. Storm moving through the Bay Area now: http://wxug.us/ukjv Expand 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Today featured a 9' tall bus vs. a 8'6" overpass. Spoiler: The overpass won. http://goo.gl/JJyG2 Expand 1 Dec Linda Lawrey ‏@LindaLawrey NASA takes to Google+ to discourage rumors of 2012 apocalypse http://goo.gl/lm8Z4 Retweeted by Travis Wise Expand 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I don't often take panoramic pictures but when I do they're of accident scenes. http://goo.gl/puoBz Expand 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @TangoR3D Sounds like pregnancy. View conversation 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @mhulshizer Beautiful! When I was in Seoul I made a map of the places I visited: http://goo.gl/maps/rPhx6 View conversation 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq I earned 1366 points for my workout on #Fitocracy! Check out my profile and become more awesome with me! http://ftcy.me/Zfyf3f Expand 1 Dec Travis Wise ‏@twisesq My contribution to home improvement #DIY - how to rewire a three-way electrical switch. http://goo.gl/6kbdq #random Expand 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @time gives 5 reasons top employees aren't happy. I saw those a lot @pwcllp http://goo.gl/v1Rkx Expand 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @iantangpublic My high school was also DMHS: Del Mar High School View conversation 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee Yep, much agreed. Many flaws in the current copyright and patent claim space. View conversation 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @seeminglee those were claims made by third parties. You should thank them. View conversation 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @Airrun Who are you working for these days? Did you go back to the position you had before? View conversation 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq When you post that legal disclaimer on Facebook to "declare your copyright" you're basically declaring you're an idiot. http://goo.gl/HrReU Expand 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Falling over cliffs? Armageddon? Whoever got the marketing contract for this fake disaster is doing a great job! http://goo.gl/WYACB Expand 30 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq It's raining really hard in the Bay Area. Good info to keep in an emergency: How to disinfect water w/bleach. http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2012/11/emergency-guide-disinfecting-water.html … Expand 29 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq Finally got one of those nifty Amazon packages with advertising on it. https://plus.google.com/u/1/111937447827665620879/posts/Xn4dCpnswr1 … Expand 29 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @khaistro Thank you sir! View conversation 29 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @ScottHerhold My email to Ken Yeager re: the George Shirakawa Jr. mess in Santa Clara County. He needs to resign. http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2012/11/george-shirakawa-jr.html … Expand 29 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq @LLfromTO Here's my list of apps, recommended ones highlighted. http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2012/10/android-apps.html … View conversation 29 Nov Travis Wise ‏@twisesq What's in my bag? http://twisesq.blogspot.com/2012/11/whats-in-my-bag.html … Expand Reply Delete Favorite More

Monday, January 28, 2013

things to remember


"We cherish those who hurt us and neglect those who love us."
-- Unknown

Painted on a sidewalk.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

speech script about hambbs

(Speech notes to a San Jose technology user's group, circa early 1990's)

I was asked to come here to give a short talk tonight on the BBS
I run, the HamBBS, and to provide some information about one of
my hobbies, Amateur radio.  I'll keep my talk as short as
possible due to the Association elections tonight. 
 
Before I begin, I'd like to give a brief background on myself.
I am a member of the United SysOps Association.  I'm a student
at Del Mar High School in Campbell, where I'm also the editor of
the school yearbook.  I'm the vice president of the West Valley
Amateur Radio Association, a 300 member ham radio group in San
Jose, and I am a columnest for Worldradio magazine, a
publication catering to the interests of Amateur radio
operators. I have been an Amateur radio operator for four years,
and currently hold my General class license, which is the third
level of five.  I am also a frequent speaker at ham radio
conventions, which we call Hamfests, across the country on the
importance of youth in Amateur radio. 
  
In my spare time I have been operating the HamBBS, a one node,
9600 baud board, for one and a half years now.  I started the
board with the concept of providing a free service to the
amateur radio community.
 
My experience in BBSing at the point when I became a SysOp was
two years of being a BBS user.  I had recently upgraded my
computer system, and decided to use the computer as much as
possible by starting up the BBS.  My first attempt at a BBS was
using the Procomm host mode.
 
That lasted for about three days, and I upgraded to Wildcat.  I
found Wildcat, version 2.55 at the time, to be quite easy and
logical to understand, and dispite not having tried other brands
of BBS software, I think its probably one of the best around,
for my purpose at least.
 
I had set a goal of 1000 calls and 250 users within the first
year of operation.  I decided that was a hefty goal, and I'd
have to advertise my board extensively to meet it.  I advertised
on Prodigy, other BBSs, and the throw-away computer newspapers.
Last month, after running the board for a year and a half, I had
received my 10,000th call, and 1500th user.  I have been using
Excel to plot the growth of my BBS, and I did bring a copy of
that chart along with me, though I don't plan on following Ross
Perot's example and having a chart for each aspect of my talk.
 
[show and pass around chart]
 
I started the HamBBS with the express purpose of a free public
service to the ham community.  I realized there was a need for
such a board, because I had spent two years trying to locate
software for ham radio, and I was getting quite frustrated with
the lack of a source.  I had to call twenty different board
trying to locate just one piece of software, which I often times
was unable to find. 
 
With the HamBBS, I gathered up all the ham software I could
find, which amounted to roughly 400 programs, got a new hard
disk, and put them on-line.  I didn't realize it at the time,
but I had created a BBS which was desperately needed by the ham
community.   The HamBBS now carries ham radio software, scanner
frequency lists, technical and electronic stuff, amateur
satellite and amateur television information, as well as a host
of information about ham radio.
 
A few months into my sysop career, I felt daring and brought in
RIME, RFNET and TECHNET.  RFNET is an echonet just for Ham radio
topics, with about 10 conferences.  It was quite an education
for me, but the users didn't use the system, as they already
talked to most of the same people via radio. 
 
I have been fortunate in that I have not had any disk crashes or
people trying to crash the system.  My knowledge about computers
and communications has been greatly expanded by being a BBS
SysOp.  One enjoyment I get out of SysOping is helping other
teenagers find out about BBSs, and help them explore the systems.
 
I'm going to slightly switch topics and talk for a few minutes
about Amateur radio, and some of the advancements in that hobby.
It is now possible to get an Amateur radio license without
knowing the morse code.  The FCC has created a codeless license
which allows operation on all frequencies above 30 MHz, which
permitts for local communication, but no communication on the
shortwave frequencies.  The new license class has been quite
successful, and the ham population is growing quite rapidly, as
was the goal of the license.
 
One aspect of ham radio that is of perticular interest to me
because of its computer aspect is a mode of communication known
as packet radio.  Industry is beginning to use this term, and
mode of communication, for LANS.  It is a phrase and mode the
Amateur radio community coined and developed over the last 15
years.  The easiest quickest explanation of packet radio is to
take the BBS system we are all familiar with, and in the place
of a phone line, insert a radio.  Hams use either the AX.25
protocall, or TCP/IP for communications on packet radio.  The
system is based around what we SysOps and BBS users would call a
one conference echonet system, with one level of nodes
accessable to the users, and another level of backbone hubs for
passing on the messages.  Packet radio operates at speeds
ranging from 300 to 19.2 KB. 

One of the things I speak frequently about at Amateur radio
conventions is the importance of youth in amateur radio.  With
phone line BBSs, there is not such a great need, but I would
like to encourage the SysOps to answer your younger users
questions, and encourage them in their interests.  As I
conclude, I would like to thank Beth Hall for inviting me to
speak here tonight, and all of the SysOps who have helped me
join their ranks over the last year. 

negotiation notes


Travis A. Wise
Prof. Adair
Fall, 1999
 
Negotiations

I.                 Week 1

We learned in class that an ideal negotiator monitors the content, process, and personalities.  The content consists of issues, needs and interests, and principals.  Each of those categories has increasing degrees of attached importance.  It is bad to negotiate on the issues level because everyone has different issues.  The needs and interests level indicates why the issues are important, and may provide for mutual agreement (more commonality).  The principals consist of societal norms (i.e. don’t evict the tenant during the holidays).
This makes a lot of sense, and I learned that if when I am negotiating I go to the next level, I may be able to accomplish more.  From now on, when I have a disagreement with someone, I will try to look not at their “issues” level, but at their “needs and interests” or principals level.  I think this will allow me to establish much more common ground with the person I disagree with, whether it be my family, employer, etc.

II.              Week 2

On the process level, there is either an integrative method or distributive method.  The integrative method is win-win, and the goal is to make the pie bigger.  Both parties get their needs met.  The distributive method is how to split the pie, which cannot be made larger.  This, of course, seems like common sense, but I think that most people don’t focus enough on the integrative method.  For example, when approaching a problem, I usually view any problem as a distributive problem, but in fact, it may be an integrative problem, which can be solved by simply enlarging the pie.  Therefore, I think it would be beneficial in the future if I seek an integrative solution to problems whenever possible.  Of course, this will not always be possible, and sometimes the problem will require a distributive solution.
Varying degrees of personalities come in to play:  Competitive, collaborative, sharing, avoidance (which is often tied to dependency in upbringing), and accommodating.  I am definitely an avoidance and accommodating personality.  This came to light for me at work recently, when I wanted to avoid giving some bad news to a coworker, so I put off delivering the bad news for as long as possible.  The longer I waited, the more stressed and tense I got, because I knew that disclosure was inevitable.  By the time I finally told, I really wished that I had just brought up the problem in the beginning of the issue, and got it out in the open and over with.  This is a weakness of mine which I am determined to overcome.  I recently interviewed for a job, and the interviewer told me that the policy of the company was to be very forthcoming and “tell it like it is.”  Because this is somewhat contrary to my personality, if I take the job there, I will have to make an extra effort to not bury things under the surface in hopes of avoiding conflict.  Better to air the situation up front than let it furment for weeks.

III.            Week 3

The physical layout of the negotiation environment is also important.  With regards to the tables, a rectangle table has power positions at either end.  A circular table has its power position at 180 degrees opposite the door, near the window.  I remember learning this in high school, or at least a simplified version of it.  I think that this is an example of a very simple negotiating tactic that is not obvious when employed, and yet most people are unaware that the tactic exists or how to properly use it.  Sure, we know that the boss sits at the head of the table, but when the table is a circle or some other non-rectangle shape, people are lost and don’t know where to sit to exude power.
A good tactic to winning a negotiation is to eliminate an adversary’s obstacles to making the decision, for example, higher authority.  Ask if there is anything keeping the other party from being able to make a decision today.  Proper answer depends on if you can make it happen (i.e. low enough price).  I think that in addition to this guideline, it is important to ask what I can do to remove obstacles to making the decision happen.  For example, on my job interviews I would like to ask (but I don’t have the guts to actually ask it) what I can do to convince the employer that I am the right candidate for the job.  I think that if I could use this method to better convince the employer that I am the right person for the job, I would have more successful interviews.
It is also important to keep the Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) in mind.  If the BATNA is what is being faced, then you have nothing to lose by negotiating.  You can’t get people to the table if their BATNA is better than the end product of the negotiation.
Regarding the negotiations questionnaires exercise which we did in the second class to find out what our personality is like, I think that while they may have indicated some amount of truth, they aren’t very valid.  But then I don’t generally think that many standardized tests are valid.  I am definitely an “accomodator” and “avoider”, as the test indicated, but the test indicated that I am also a competitor, and I don’t believe I am at all.  Although I think that applies more to personal problems I am dealing with rather than with clients, because with clients I don’t have anything personally at stake, so I can be more competitive.

IV.           Week 4

I have been in three car accidents in my life.  The most recent two were not my fault, and there were no injuries.  The first was also not my fault, but I was injured.  That case went to what I believe was binding arbitration, which involved a private judge.  That judge promulgated a settlement amount which both the insurance company and I accepted.  But in the two more recent non-injury accidents, which happened before I started law school, I think I got shafted.  I say that because while the other party’s insurance company paid the amount necessary to fix my car, they didn’t pay other expenses which I think they should have paid.  Those include the amount my car was devalued because of the body work, and the amount of time I was required to spend dealing with the situation.  I think that if I am involved in a non-injury accident in the future in which I am not at fault, law school and this Negotiations class will enable me to be more aggressive in getting compensated.
I read the part of the book that teaches brainstorming, and I was surprised how basic that section was.  It would surprise me if anyone was able to get through high school these days without learning brainstorming (I learned it in 5th grade), but I guess it’s possible these days.

V.              Week 5

In my Administrative Law class, we discussed Negotiated Rulemaking, where administrative agencies are required or opt to bring all of the important parties together to negotiate the terms of the proposed rulemaking.  This legitimizes the rule in the eyes of the important parties, and decreases the chance they will sue the agency.  There is a danger that one of the key parties won’t be invited or come to the table.
I have been reading a book called “Never Be Lied To Again” which discusses various ways to detect when someone is lying to you.  Many of the ways were very similar to the tactics we learned in Negotiations.  Particularly the information about body language.  That is particularly interesting to me because I think the psychology of how people talk, versus how they act, is important in understanding people.  One of the tactic the book talks about the position of the eyes while someone lies.  For example, a righthanded person looks to his left when recalling something that is truthful, and to the right when making something up.  While I’m not about to say that I’ve never told a lie, I can’t recall ever looking to my right … I do recall looking to my left a lot when recalling things, such as an interview that I had a few days ago when the interviewer asked me what I would do in certain circumstances.  I distinctly recall looking to the left quite a bit.  On that same vein, another interviewer, while I was talking with her, not only shifted her eyes to the left, but turned her entire head to the left for an incredibly long (and almost rude) period of time. 

VI.           Week 6

I was recently offered a post-graduation position with a large company.  I was presented with the opportunity to negotiate, with regards to my salary.  But before I even got the opportunity to negotiate, I had to consider whether I should even engage in the negotiation or not.  I finally decided not to negotiate.  On the side favoring negotiation, I considered the fact that the offered salary was less than I was hoping it would be.  Granted, the amount wasn’t much less than I was hoping, but nonetheless it was a bit less.  Also on the pro-negotiation side was my consideration that I felt I was supposed to negotiate.  As I’ve never really held a full-time professional job before, I wasn’t sure what was expected and what I was supposed to do.  I did not want to be short-changed.  On the other side, however, I did not want to offend my new employer, before I had even started.  If negotiation was not expected, and the salary offer was firm, my trying to negotiate would be like trying to negotiate for the price of milk in a grocery store – it just isn’t acceptable.  However, I was still insecure that I was being short changed, and possibly not negotiating when negotiation was expected.
Therefore, I determined that before any future negotiation could take place, I would need to investigate if the opportunity was right for negotiation.  I went on the internet and found some sites which offered salary surveys for my future career, and those surveys, while somewhat out of date and not geographic specific, were very helpful.  I also brainstormed to think of any contacts I had in the industry, and I contacted them to see their opinion of my offer.  Indeed, my sources on the ‘net and contacts confirmed that the offer which was made was proper for the industry, and that negotiation was not expected nor appropriate.  Therefore, whatever my offer is, I will accept it and not try to negotiate.
I think that this analysis taught me something that isn’t necessarily taught in the book we used for the course, and that is making sure that the time is correct for negotiation, and that negotiation is proper in this situation.

VII.         Week 7

I am an avid watcher of ABC’s The Practice.  I watch it with the hope that here and there, I’ll gleam some knowledge from the show that will help me in class, and as an attorney.  Fortunately, I don’t plan to become a litigation attorney, so if my skills which I gain from watching the show aren’t adequate, no one will ever know.  But since starting this Negotiations course, when I watch the show I have been paying careful attention to the characters, particularly when they negotiate.  I figured since they are actors, they can probably do a good job of pretending to negotiate.
One of the characters, Bobby, has a very short temper and very short attention span.  He doesn’t negotiate very well.  Bobby will meet the opposing party, and flat out demand his bottom line, and if he doesn’t get it, he walks away.  I don’t think he does a very good job of serving his clients.  The other attorneys, who are mostly female, do what I think is a better job of negotiating.  They hide their cards close to their chest, and don’t reveal too much.  They bargain.  They even use sex to get what they want.  Now that’s a negotiating strategy that wasn’t in our book! 

VIII.      Week 8

MAPO-Administration Negotiation
IssuesThemUsAgreementCost
Salary18%, 6%3% this year, 4% next6%, two year$2,340,000
PensionsNo if salary increaseNoNo$0
2 Person Patrols80/10050/7070/90$220,000
Civ. Review BoardReplace civilian with cop chosen by police, requiring 4/5ths majority.Replace civilian with cop chosen by police, requiring 4/5ths majority.$0
Vacations1No1 day each$160,000
Health Insurance0No0$0
Life Insurance0No0$0
CommissionerDon’t careFireCommissioner stays$0
Holidays1No1 day$150,000
Sick Leave0No0$0
Total$2,870,000

IX.           Week 9

Union Negotiations
With the union negotiations, the union (which I was a member of) began at a $4.00 across the board increase of both wages and health benefits.  The bare minimum for my minimum was $2.00 increase for both wages and health, and allowing doublebreasting only on suburban residential property valued at less than $2 million dollars.  All three unions stood together in solidarity.  The users countered with a .50 cent/hour wage increase, no increase in health.  The contractors felt $4 was unrealistic, because of the good economy.  They sought a middle ground.  The unions stated that the position of the users was unreasonable.  The contractors proposed that the unions sacrafice benefits for wages, or vice versa.  This was something the unions hadn’t considered, but upon caucus the unions decided that combining wages and benefits and negotiating on both as a whole was fine.  The unions caucused, and counterproposed $1.50 above the absolute minimum.  The contractors counterproposed with their “absolute minimum” of $1.00 wage increase, $2.00 health increase, and complete doublebreasting.  This was below the minimums of the unions, and therefore the negotiations broke down at that point, and all parties walked out, and presumably the unions went on strike.
I was disappointed at the outcome of our negotiation because I didn’t feel that the other sides put much effort into pretending that they had something at stake.  They walked out without putting any consideration into the effects of the walk-out.  One party didn’t even reveal their bargaining position, because they maintained that they were in the middle of the two extreme parties.  I was a disgruntled negotiator.
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