So I’ve been using the same laptop at work for years. It’s actually not a bad laptop for basic business needs – a Latitude D620 – but given that I have a tendency to work with rich media applications and run large numbers of programs at once, it was well past time to move on.
Amazingly, my boss agreed. In fact the entire department got a much needed upgrade. I now have a much faster . . . → Read More: The Good, The Bad, and The Desks
I’ve done the math and the interest in this from my typical readership turns out to be slightly less than zero, but hey… it’s my blog. I write what I want to write. You can come back next time for the usual drivel.
I ran into a problem recently that took me forever to solve because I was laboring under the false notion that it was actually possible to pull off within Captivate natively. It’s . . . → Read More: How to publish a multi-file Captivate project as a single SCORM course
Quick rant here… I’m currently pretty steamed at our medical benefits provider.
We’re in our Annual Enrollment period right now. Only 3 days left to decide which of 3 options is going to cost me the least next year.
Our provider provides a calculator that I found to be of immense help last year. It models the costs for the coming year based on plan prices and custom data I provide for what I think . . . → Read More: Quality Control Rant
The truth, it is said, is a three-edged sword: your side, their side, and reality – and it cuts in all directions.
Lately the education system is in the news a lot. Specifically, Wisconsin and its government’s moves to reduce (or on the other side, protect) the power of the teacher’s unions is currently on display. And everyone is watching.
Most people (especially the politicians) are trying to simplify the argument.
Teacher benefits are out . . . → Read More: Everybody’s right, everybody’s wrong
In theÂ 7 day challenge, todayâ€™s topic is: Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it.
This is actually getting out of hand. It’s a little embarrassing.
This is where I sit all day. You can only see the front portion of the desk here. The half of the desk behind the screens is almost as cluttered.
I’ve always had a messy desk. Always. Just ask my college . . . → Read More: What I see every day – 7 day challenge
I wanted to follow up on a couple of posts I made (long ago) about web conferencing. Figured it was about time I got back to it.
I had the occasion to use two services last night: Vyew, and DimDim. I’ll summarize my experiences below.
This was the first time I’d tried Vyew. It’s a Flash-based service so there is no software to install (unless you want to share your desktop, which requires a Java . . . → Read More: Free web conferencing – ups and downs
In general, as most people know, Google builds some pretty good apps, and they’re mostly built with collaboration and ease-of-use in mind. As someone whose job involves figuring out how to distribute and manage targeted information and communication efficiently, I really appreciate their work. Sadly, most of the time I can’t use it with my target population, but what they do raises the bar for the applications I do work with and sometimes the features . . . → Read More: Google Wave – abridged
Three years ago today, at 11:48pm, I wrote these amazingly insightful words:
Check it outâ€¦
Friday, December 9th, 2005
Looks like I am officially blogging. I am too cool for words. (Ironic, isnâ€™t it.)
Thusly did this, my first blogging experience, begin. Pretty sad, really, but there you have it. Now here we are, three years and over 400 posts later, and I figure it’s about time I looked back to see if I’ve ever . . . → Read More: Three years of yammering on…
There is nothing more perfect than the punch line of this Dilbert strip.
Who among us cannot relate? I actually considered making that my new theme on this site. There are times that it seems to perfectly capture my life.
That could be depressing, but the intent of this strip is to laugh at the depression, and that’s usually what I do in life as well. It’s amazing how well the stress . . . → Read More: What futility doesn’t feel like
New York Times columnist David Pogue has had two extremely good posts lately. One is aimed squarely at general computer users, and both are of great use to technical writers.
In the generally focused Tech Tips for Basic Computer Users, he points out things that all us geeks think everybody knows about computers. There are a fair amount that I didn’t know, however, so the list’s worth a look (though the article is so popular . . . → Read More: Technical writers, pay attention