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About Me

Ron Franklin is a retired IT engineer and manager for IBM and other high-tech companies. He was also the founding pastor of a new church congregation. Ron has been a freelance writer since 2011. Favorite topic areas include technology, IT, faith and spirituality, and history.

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IT Articles by Ron Franklin at Precisely

Ron Franklin's author page at Precisely (formed by merger of Syncsort and Pitney Bowes Software & Data) with links to a large portfolio of articles on mainframes, data, machine learning, SIEM, etc.


What Is EDI and How Can It Help Your Business Grow?

If a company is still sending and receiving pieces of paper through the mail, Electronic Document Interchange (EDI) can streamline operations, improve efficiency, and save money.


5 Legal Issues Your Company’s BYOD Policy Must Address

Both employees and employers benefit when workers use their own personal smartphones and other devices on the job. But companies must protect themselves from potential legal liabilities.


How to Make Lubuntu Look Like Windows XP

Here are step-by-step instructions for giving Lubuntu Linux a look that’s very close to Windows XP. The idea is to make the transition from Windows to Linux as easy as possible.


Why Lubuntu Is a Good Alternative to Replace Windows XP

Microsoft's withdrawal of support from Windows XP is forcing users to find an replacement. For those who can't or don't want to upgrade to Windows10, Lubuntu Linux is a good alternative.


Civilians In The Siege Of Vicksburg: Living In Caves, Eating Rats

Confederate civilians trapped in Vicksburg during General Ulysses Grant’s 1863 Vicksburg campaign dug caves to avoid the shelling, and were reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats.


Pastor Appreciation: 7 Things Not To Do In Church

Here are seven practices church attenders commonly engage in that actually discourage rather than encouraging their pastors.



Engineer and Manager

Engineer and manager developing both software and hardware.

Company: IBM

I worked there from 5/1972 until 9/1985

Systems Engineer

Was training team supervisor for an image processing system designed by EDS for the Federal Government.

Company: Electronic Data Systems

I worked there from 11/1995 until 10/1997

Manager, Technical Support Services

Initiated and managed a new company’s Technical Support department. Provided user training and support for multimedia education/training hardware and software products.

Company: Ferranti Educational Systems

I worked there from 9/1985 until 4/1990

Group Engineer

Project manager of a team that did upgrades of IBM mainframe applications. Also led a task group that performed software upgrades for automated storage handling devices at a U. S. Navy facility.

Company: Computer Technology Associates

I worked there from 10/1997 until 4/1999


Founding pastor of a local church congregation.

Company: Covenant Community Church

I worked there from 4/1999 until 8/2017

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