Archives: December 2007
So my DVD drive in the new laptop appeared to be dead. It didn't appear in the "Computer" list with my hard drive, I inserted known good DVDs and CDs that worked on other laptops and no go. Device Manager showed that the driver couldn't load, so I removed it… Read more
I purchased The Exceptional Presenter recently as part of my professional development spending. I currently work primarily as a trainer and I've done some training/speaking going back almost 20 years, but by no means would I consider myself to be exceptional. Some things I think I do reasonably well, some… Read more
I don't have a URL handy for it, but in the latest print issue of PC Mag they announced changing to 12 issues a year compared to the 22 issues a year it has been forever. I've been reading PC Mag since 1988 and it's been sad to see the… Read more
As a user group leader I see new products as a chance to make sure our members know about the new features (or pitfalls) of a new release, and to grow and evangelize our group - not a novel approach, but sound I think. Met with Shawn Weisfeld from ONETUG last… Read more
Maybe I'm succombing, maybe I'm lazy, most likely I don't want to mess with it.
I found some instructions for nLite, a utility that will build a custom XP install, including the SATA drivers, but as I was looking through the new machine and checking out the utilities, I got… Read more
My new laptop came with Vista Home and I messed with it for awhile last night, but I didn't see anything that was a compelling reason for me to stick with it. I like XP and it works well for me. It's supposed to use less resources and as I… Read more
My new laptop showed up today at my desk. Actually it probably showed up yesterday, but since I never went out the front door, I didn't realize it. My daughter brought it in, thankfully not dropping it anywhere, and wanted to help me open it. We did, and she got… Read more
I finally sat for 70-431 on Thursday. I know, I am at least a year behind everyone else. There is not as much emphasis placed on keeping certs current at my law firm job. It would be a different story if I worked in consulting.
Anyway, it… Read more
I've put this off for a while, but I needed a break from the routine and I'm starting to get a few things sent to me in the newer formats so maybe there is some level of adoption. After fighting through some install issues because I had the 2007 to… Read more
Someone posted a question about what should they try to learn for an interview coming soon, but the company was asking for information that they didn't know about. Their resume indicated experience in development, but the job description asked for HA skills.
What should you do?
First don't panic. I'm… Read more
We had our final meeting of the year last night, minutes posted here. Pretty good turn out, 22 total. And given that we started the group back up in April with about 10 attendees, we're growing nicely.
Highlight for me last night was getting more feedback from the group… Read more
I'm a fan of lists so that I stay on track rather than trying to remember all things at the list minute. Prepping for user group meetings is no different, usually happens near the end of a hectic day at the office and forgetting something...well, that's not fun. Here's my… Read more
Usually I'm the one working on my podcasts and starring in them. However I got invited to participate in and be interviewed for a podcast by Eric Johnson and Josh Jones of the Colorado Springs SQL Server Users Group. They do a weekly podcast on databases in general and… Read more
As an owner of a small business one of the constant struggles is time management, and more importantly, finding time to think long term and not just short term. It's the nature of business (and work) that we tend to focus on tactical items, those things that have to get… Read more
Yet I still see posts (and answer them) that talk about how to stop…
I ran across this list of interesting tools by Scott Hanselman and there is some good stuff to look at it. I've always had a fondness for small special purpose (and mostly free) tools (software or woodworking!). I've made a note to start my own page with some original ideas… Read more
I ran across this in the Google bloghttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/encouraging-people-to-contribute.html announcing a new beta feature called Knol that allows an author to publish a page about on whatever topic they choose. The page at a time publishing metaphor is interesting, something that would presumably have more depth and focus than a… Read more
I saw I'd hit exactly 12,000 points…