All passengers aboard now! This train is leaving the station.
Yup, some who read this will immediately have a chuckle (there is an ‘in’ joke above).
The news is this, I’ve left my good friends at Dolphin Technology Group and moved to a smaller firm on the south-side of Brisbane.
Why the move? Well after spending nearly two and a half years supporting MYOB AE, HandiSoft and a bunch of other Accounting Industry products up and down the eastern coast, I got tired of the traveling and being away from home. The new job has no travel. So I guess the ‘train’ I’ve just caught isn’t leaving the station after all. Perhaps I’m really standing on the platform, waving goodbye to those still on the train?
Who is the new firm? Evolution Marketing – who specialise in ACT! and Sage CRM.
Yesterday was my first day – after the induction it was straight into ‘sponge’ mode. Training began. More today. And tomorrow. Yippie. This is fun ;-).
Here is a list of just a few tabs currently open in my browser:
;-) I don’t want to lose track of these…
PS: I’d forgotten how fun it can be to just spend an hour or so just ‘surfin the web…
WOW! I’ve just pointed to these pieces of art – http://www.tomgiesler.com/painting-anatomicals.htm.
Grotesque and amazing all at once.
When I was doing web development work, we oft liked to say “Content is king” it is vital for search engine optimization.
My point of view on this has changed today: Content is not and never has been king.
My new point of view is this: Comprehension is king.
This is because you can have all the content you want, if the reader of your content, your client, does not comprehend it, then what was the point?
Content must be comprehended by your intended readers.
Is content any less important. No, simply that comprehension is MORE important and the structure of that content aids or hinders comprehension.
It also made me realise that most of what I post here has been primarily for one of two reasons:
- My comprehension – so I don’t forget what it is or where it is
- For one of my clients comprehension – so they can have a reference point to an issue
At lunch talking with an associate it was one of those little ‘light bulb’ moments for me – that Comprehension is king and that this is why I post on my blog.
Yup, PuTTY has saved the day again!
No it hasn’t actually filled any gap, but tonight I needed to restart the
named service on a server, not being at my own computer (yes, I actually have a life occasionally), a quick google for PuTTY pointed to it, downloaded and mere seconds later logged in and
service named restart had web URLs resolving once again.
Note to self: found this link useful in getting sound on a HP Pavilion dv65xx laptop working.
For the extended family and friends, here is one of the photos from last months hike up the South East Ridge at Mount Barney.
This link shows a photo that one of the kids took while we while we were breaking camp Sunday morning. Essentially it was a small ledge approx 1.5m one end and 2m the other end. We fit 5 kids (ages 10-15) and three adults on this ledge.
All in all a fantastic weekend ;-)
I just saw Dan York (via twitter) point to a Fast Company article about “The Ultimate Calling Card” – which I found interesting – nothing really new but worth pointing to anyhow.
I’ve often thought of writting a book, but finding the time, or more precisely, taking time away from other activities, is the most difficult part of the equation. Perhaps I should take the advice I heard some time ago: “15 minutes per day, every day”. Hmmm….
Ever wondered when support for a Microsoft product will end? For example, ever wonder when support for Windows 2000 Professional will end?
Wonder no more, because from this link, support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselect you can drill down to your product, and see if it still has mainstream support, extended support or none at all.
I’ve had this snippet hanging around as a draft for some time, here it is.
Moving comptuers around OUs (Organisational Units) can be a pain if you can’t find the computer you want.
To find a wayward computer open up Active Directory, right click on your local domain name, select find, change the scope to show computers, type in the name you are looking for and bingo, you’ve found it.
From here you can right click the computer name and move it to the OU you want it in.
Reading the post over The Technium about True Fans and it made me think (and I’m taking a personal approach here):
EVERY business needs fans.
The key to my business is how well we treat our fans.
Then they either become non-fans, or they become true-fans.
In this context, the words fans and clients are inter-changeable.
Kevin talks about artists, and the concept (reality) that each artist can survive with a limited number of fans, different for each artist, but nominally pegged at 1000 true fans per artist. Obviously you need fewer true fans if your making more dollars from each one, more if you make less from each.
Now artists may be creative types, but business people like to eat something other than chicken soup too. It makes me think about the equations used to determine pricing, levels of service and how many clients are needed. As Kevin puts it “The processes you develop to feed your True Fans will also nurture Lesser Fans.”
I don’t think there is one right answer, one size fits all approach. But I do believe that this thinking can be applied to more than just artists.
Nmap is a tool for security conscious system administrators, version 4.50 has been released.
This is one tool that gets a lot of use from me, it makes finding insecure machines on the network so so much easier.
Found this VERY interesting read on the state of VDI:
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is not a product. You can’t call up a company and ask for 5 licenses of VDI. It is concept comprised of multiple solutions or products to achieve a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (though recent announcements have Citrix XenDesktop as a single product that comes very close). The concept of VDI virtualizes desktops operating systems (Vista, XP, Linux, etc) and deliver the remote view of the desktop via a display protocol. In addition, there will be management and control systems to manage the provisioning/deprovisioning of virtual machines and applications.
All in all a comprehensive look at some of the players, the concepts and a comparison. If your looking to understand a little more about remote desktops this is a read for you.
update: Forgot the link! Here it is now: The Current State of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (Thanks Stephen)
On a Terminal Server today some users were experiencing red and black patches appearing when they opened PDF files.
A Knowledge Base article at Adobe indicates a similar, but evidently not the same, issue having been rectified in Adobe Reader 8.1 – that of the color not being rendered correctly for the first rectangle object in a section of a PDF document. Evidently not the same because it didn’t work for me. What did work however was disabling Text Smoothing.
Here is how to do it:
Open Adobe Reader | Document | Accessibility Setup Assistant | Set all accessibility options | Next
TICK THE BOX to DISABLE TEXT SMOOTHING
Next | Next | Next | Done
And bingo, no more red and black patches appearing.
Dynamic Web Hosting has been acquired by Dolphin Technology Group, with whom I am also involved.
It means a change of name, it will now be Dolphin Web Hosting. One of those little things that tickles me is that the TLA (Three Letter Acronym) remains the same – DWH.
Importantly it also means a much larger pool of resources for us, engineers, expertise, hardware and infrastructure.
Lee Hopkins has already noted the change, and over the coming months the change will become more evident (for example, we will redo the web site – we might even makeover the Dolphin Technology web site ;-).
When speaking with some people, it has been evident that they figured virtual servers were more secure than traditional physical servers.
This quote: “I don’t want to be reverse engineering our products to find exploits or figure out signatures, fundamentally, that means we have to partner. Fortunately, there is a bunch that are happy to partner and I encourage that.” by VMware founder and chief scientist Mendel Rosenblum certainly indicates that there are security concerns (found via: VMTN Blog).
My take on it is this: not only do virtual servers have the same set of security issues as a physical server, but because there are now ‘more components in the system’ there are also more ‘points of failure’, that is, there are now more things to consider in order to make things safe.
Update 21st Sept 2007 3:32pm: see this on latest VMware bugs.
“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” – Joe Sugarman
I was sent this quote Tuesday this week. It is appropriate on many levels, but particularly so with regard to this web site.
You see, my database, which contains all my blog posts since I can’t remember when was miraculously destroyed. Along with it’s backups. That to me is a CRISIS.
Note to self: paranoia is healthy.
I first began blogging shortly after Chris Pirillo recommended using ‘BLOG’, a windows app that would do scheduled ftp uploads to a web site. I became a Textpattern fan, then switched to WordPress. My database contained all my posts from Textpattern and WordPress, and a whole bunch more.
But as the quote (and title) suggest, crises conceal opportunities. The opportunity here is a fresh start. No ties. A new commitment.
So, here begins not a new chapter, but a new book, the old one is no longer in print.