Professional Responsibility

Monday, 18 June 2007

If the primary reason you’re still doing it is to get a paycheck, you owe it to the rest of us to retire and do the Wal-mart greeter thing.

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I’m back, I guess

Monday, 11 June 2007

My wife is doing better these days, though it still sounds like it will be somewhere between three weeks and three months before she is actually up and around again. This thing has really been brutal.

Otherwise, life has been somewhat interesting, if not hectic and disappointing. But I really don’t feel a whole lot like blogging about it. That’s more for my personal writing and reflection.

There have been a couple of bright spots. Those have been good.

Oh, and from the “things that make me a geek” category, Google has now made it possible for each of us to feel, if not exactly like Jack Bauer, then like one of the more important CTU operatives. It’s called Google Maps–mobile version. You’ve got the option to view both maps and aerial imagery when you use it, just like in the PC version. The trick is that you say, “Ok, Chloe, send it to my screen,” before you click “OK.”

Yeah. Ok, that’s all for now.


Hiatus

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

My home has become a hospital. In the midst of all this, blogging is the lowest possible priority. I may be back once the wife is on her feet.


Where to begin

Saturday, 05 May 2007

It has been a hellish week. I took the family on what was to be a long weekend of camping. Everything started out fine. We actually got away, which is a huge victory in itself for us. It all pretty much went downhill from there.

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Outta here

Thursday, 26 April 2007

I’m taking the family away for the weekend. It’s going to be good. Nothing like a bit of intentional relaxation. I don’t know that we’ve done that in several years. It’s just a long weekend, but it’s long overdue and quite welcome. I’m sure things will still be standing when we return.


Office 2007 II

Thursday, 26 April 2007

I have to say, after a bit more than a month of use, Microsoft Office 2007 is more than I’d expected it to be. Let’s face it. 2003 was pretty good, but it was little more than a face lift for Office 2000. The power and functionality they have added to 2007 is definitely worth the upgrade. It sports a new file system, so that Word documents are *.docx (instead of the earlier *.doc), PowerPoint slideshows are *.pptx, Excel sheets are *.xlsx, etc. It’s not just something to annoy users and force an upgrade. The new files are smaller, which makes them more quickly accessible and more easily transferred. The “ribbon,” as it’s called, is a much more elegant and intuitive interface. The available commands change as you select from the ribbon. And one needs simply to hover over a button and you can see what the results would be if you clicked it. There is an option to save a file as a *.pdf file, since the patent is up for anyone to use now. Collaboration is almost seamless now with other Office 2007 users.

I’m running the Enterprise edition. I certainly haven’t pushed this suite to the edges of what it can do. I have yet to do much with Access. I’m mostly a Word/Excel/Outlook/OneNote/Publisher guy. We’ll be bringing SharePoint and Access online soon. But at this point you can color me extremely satisfied with the product.


CSL…

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

…is slipping. Or at least their webmaster is. I can see who’s going where from CTSFW, but CSL has yet to post 2007 Calls. The website promised they would be up as of four hours ago. Not that this blog comes anywhere near to doing so, but the goal must be to keep content fresh in the internet age.