First, thanks for all the well wishes folks. Life has been good. My daughter is doing great and we’re getting a LITTLE more sleep now. Anyway, it’s been a week really devoid of tech for me. It’s kinda been like tech rehab for me! But, recently I’ve been working on something that makes me wonder about some things about PartnerWorld for Software at Lotus.
You see, in addition to working as the Manager of Groupware Services for a global telecom company, I have my own side business. I’m sure many of you do as well. Basically I’m a consultant that helps with internet technologies for small businesses. I don’t do a lot of work, but it’s nice for the extra money and experience each year.
Well a couple of weeks ago a got an email to see if I wanted to become a Microsoft partner. I know what you’re thinking. Why would I consider becoming a Microsoft partner? Well, the answer simply is that I think Microsoft makes some good software, and when I’m consulting I deal with MS software all the time. Granted, I hate some MS Software such as Exchange, or their messy HTML conversion, but for the most part, MS is a good company if you ignore their FUD.
That being said, there was another reason to become a partner. The software package. What I’m speaking of is a package of software including licenses for most all of the latest Windows products. XP, Office, W2K3 Server, the whole lot. Most of these included 10 CAL’s as well. The software is for internal use only to run your business and demo products. The cost, $299. Yes, three hundred dollars.
After seeing this, I started to wonder about PartnerWorld for Software. That subscription is $2000, and doesn’t seem to cover as much other than quick access to the software. I would think that IBM would be able to match those prices if not do it cheaper. Hell, I’d love to be able to partner as a very small business without the 2K outlay. All I know is that what Microsoft is doing is going to work. I’m going to see a lot of the MS products installed at my business soon…
Today I would like to welcome to this world my new daughter Clarissa “Claire” Iris Roling. She was born at 12:10 pm today and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Mom, Baby, Big Sister and Dad are all doing fine. And for those inquiring minds, YES, Iris is what you think it is
As you can tell if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, I’m a digital photo enthusiast. I haven’t shot on film for nearly six years now, and I’ve never looked back. Digital Photography allows you to take as many pictures as you want to get the best one, it also allows you to share those photos by uploading them to online photo sites like Club Photo. But how do you share with the people in your family who don’t have computers?
This was a question I had about two years ago. My daughter was born and I wanted a way to let my parents (who live over four hours away) see pictures of her all the time. I had tried to give them a computer at one point, but they refused the gift, stating that it was too high tech for them and they would never use it. So at that point I did some research and came up with Ceiva.
Ceiva is a digital picture frame. The twist is that it connects to a phone line, and dials out to the internet every night to download pictures. I have access to a website where I control what pictures show up on their device. I can upload them and the next morning, they show up on my parents frame. Mom and Dad LOVE the service, and all they had to do was plug it in and connect a phone line, I was able to do the rest remotely.
This week Ceiva released their newest frame that allows you to do things more easily, holds more pictures and allows my parents to order prints at the touch of a button. I would recommend this as a gift to anyone. It allows my parents the ability to see their granddaughter grow up every time I upload photos. There is a modest monthly fee, but it’s worth it to me. Remember this for the technophobe grandparents on your list. I guarantee they will love it.
This is my daughter Kalista Quinn. We call her Kali. She was born at 10:15 PM, November 10th, 2001. At that point my whole outlook on life changed. I had always thought that I would never be a father. Didn’t think I’d like it or would be good at it. So my plan was to never have kids. But when my wife and I got engaged, we discussed kids, and my wife really wanted to have children. As such, I knew that to be with my soulmate, I would have to get used to the idea of being a father.
I have to thank my wife for talking me into being a Dad. Kali is the most amazing thing to ever happen to me, and every day I’m more thankful that she is in my life. I even loved being a Dad so much that I agreed to be a father a second time. My next daughter will be born any day now, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m going to have my two Daddy’s Little Girls and then I’m done. It does make for a lopsided 3-1 household, but that’s okay.
I almost feel guilty being so happy at a time when one of our own is so sad. Bruce, just know that you and your family are in my thoughts. I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through right now. I hope everything goes as peacefully as possible for your Dani. Take Care of yourself man.
[SIGH] That’s all I could do. Last week I was given back the task of running Exchange for our company, and completing the project of integration amongst all of our offices and our parent. To give you some background, we used to be a Notes mail shop. Then our parent (who runs Exchange primarily) bought us. As such we now had 4 major offices in North America. 3 legacy Exchange 5.5 shops and one Notes shop. As such, Notes (for email anyway) would have to go away. So about a year ago, I ran a project and migrated our office off of Notes and to Exchange 2000 running in a clustered environment. The project was a success, and we now had 3 offices on 5.5 yet, and ours on 2000.
What was supposed to happen was that our European parent company was going to be rolling out a global Exchange 2000 system. Well it got pushed back so far that they decided to go to Exchange 2003. So, what needs to happen now is that our parent will create a global Active Directory structure. And then all 4 offices will become a part of this AD with a branch specifically for North America. That means that I’m in charge of the project that will require all of us to migrate off of NT domains to AD domains, as well as converting three offices from Exchange 5.5 to 2003 and one office from 2000 to 2003. Needless to say, this is really going to be a nightmare. A nightmare that I had given up 6 months ago when email was given to a different department.
Back then I was thrilled as I no longer had to manage Exchange. I thought I would never have to manage it again, but like a persistent STD, Exchange returned. We re-orgged again, and now I’m again afflicted. In my own mind i’m calling this Project Herpes. Catchy ain’t it?hank god I still have Domino around here for applications or I might have to find a bell-tower.
I own a T-Mobile Color Sidekick. This gadget is one of the coolest out there for mobile data. It has a flip up screen that will show you a qwerty keyboard that is very comfortable to type with. As such, it allows you to easily keep up with email, AOL Instant Messenger sessions and SMS messages.
Well the reason today is a good day is because they FINALLY updated the OS in this thing. The update details can be found in the Read More… section, but they fix a lot of the little problems I’ve had with the device. They’ve also added a catalog application where you can purchase and download software to the device. Right now everything is free, but that will change soon I’m sure. Two of the freebies were really cool. One is Terminal Monkey which allows you to SSH or Telnet into your boxes, and the other is LED Football. It’s a clone of the old time LED based American football handheld game. Pretty damn cool. Still no sync for Notes or Outcrap, but hopefully that will come soon…
Well you can read about it here, but Novell has bought SuSE Linux, and IBM has invested $50 million dollars into the venture. This is interesting for a lot of reasons. One, Novell has a bunch of rights from their previous ownership of Unix. This could help IBM out in the SCO lawsuit, thus the $50 million investment. Novell also owns Ximian, which provides Linux desktop software. This gives Novell a new platform to move people off of Netware and on to Linux. This is a huge strategy for them, and I’m sure another thorn in Microsoft’s side. The Linux desktop could get pretty interesting in the coming months.
Very cool. I hadn’t looked at this product in a long time, but basically it allows users to install Windows applications on Linux. This included Microsoft Office as well as the Notes client. This is just another reason to consider never using Windows again!
CrossOver Office is capable of running a range of Windows software, but CodeWeavers will support the following applications:
As I write this, I’ve been assigned my 5th boss in the last 8 months. Yup, you read that correctly. My employers fired my boss while I was at Lotusphere last year. So I got a new boss. He got fired about 2 months ago. Then they had my team report directly to the Senior VP in charge of IT. Then, we went through a layoff, and they threw our IT department over to another SVP. We reported to him for about three weeks, until he broke up our team and placed us all under different bosses. So here I am under boss number five.
Now for my current boss, I really like him, and I think it will be a good fit. I think I’ve been placed on the right team. Unfortunately though up to this point it has taken it’s toll on my morale. For one, it’s been hard to get anything done with lack of leadership. For two, having several of your bosses and friends fired is never fun. Lastly, the uncertainty of what will happen next has been pretty nerve-wracking. I’m all for change when it makes sense, but as of late, this really hasn’t made much sense to me.
Anyway, I guess I’m just happy to still be employed, and I think that the new direction we’re going in will be a good one, it’s just time to go back up the roller-coaster hill. So, what has everyone else been experiencing? Am I alone in this type of situation, or are many of you in the same boat? Let me know…
Okay, this story makes me sick. The gist of it is this. Two kids, aged 16 and 14 took out a .22 caliber gun and shot it into traffic repeatedly. They ended up killing two people. Why did they do it? Well they said that they saw it in the game Grand Theft Auto 3. Now Grand Theft Auto 3 is a violent game where you play a Mafia guy that jacks cars, kills people and beats prostitutes. So no, the subject matter ain’t pretty, but it did not CAUSE THE KIDS TO KILL.
Anyway, the families of the victims are suing the game company and Wal-Mart for selling the game. They couldn’t possibly blame the kids or their PARENTS for this… First of all, how did a 16 and 14 year old get access to a gun? Secondly, how did they get the game as it’s rated as M by the ratings board? And then, how did they not know the consequences of their actions? Did their parents not teach them what is fantasy and what is reality? I mean for god’s sakes, at that age they should know better. And anyone that thinks that a videogame caused this is an idiot. I know the families of the victims are hurting and want someone to blame, but for god sakes, blame the people that deserve it. We’re too litigious as a country. It has to stop, and the blame has to go to the right people.
McDonalds didn’t make you fat, Cigarette companies didn’t give you cancer, and videogames/movies/music do not kill people. Take some personal fucking responsibility.Personally I hope the kids rot in prison for the rest of their lives. They are too stupid to be allowed to breed.