Why FireFox/Thunderbird has a chance…

Show of hands, how many people use Outlook Express for reading news/mail?  Of those people, how many have tried to move those settings from one computer to another?  And succeeded?  Hmmm, short list. 

Well, today I received a brand new computer at work.  Fortunately, I’ve had my browser to be FireFox and my newsreader to be Thunderbird (and my RSS reader to be RSS Bandit).  By copying the Application Settings directory for each of those programs, I was able to move all of my data from one machine to another.  No fuss, no import, no export, nothing, nada.  Install software on new machine, copy application data, and go.  TRY that with IE and Outlook Express.  I just wish Visual Studio was as easy to move…

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Things are going to change around here…

Now, as for those changes, first, more organization.  It’s hard to do anything beyond reeling like a drunken sailor if you don’t have at least a faint idea of where you are going.  Part of organizing is going to be to write EVERYTHING down.  Blog, wiki, documents, whatever. 

A tablet PC is going to be in order, maybe by the end of the year.  It depends on how much I actually stick to this plan.  A tablet may be the reward for doing all this work.  A PDA may be in the closer future.  Heck, even an iPod or a device like that so that I can play music and be reminded of appointments and such.  Hmmm, more research.

10 years in SoFla

Wow, it just hit me that I’ve been living is South Florida for over 10 years.  The first three were the wildest, by far.  I changed jobs four times, moved twice, recorded a CD, and actually met a girlfriend.  Since then, I moved twice more, changed jobs another four times, and let’s not mention the female situation.  I’ve DONE a lot, have some good stories that I can tell (have some better stories I CAN’T tell), gotten a cat and a couple of Corvettes, BUT…  None of this has been because of a plan.  I’ve been riding the wings of fate and fortune, and while ‘the Lady’ (read Terry Pratchett) has been good to me, she’s also delt some pretty heavy blows.  I think it’s time for some changes.

Scoble’s right about this…

http://www.theserverside.net/articles/showarticle.tss?id=TheCodeRoom

Step in the right direction, or complete fiasco? 

Personally, I did not like this show.  The premise is straight out of a Dilbert cartoon.  In fact, there IS a strip where Dilberts at the ‘team building’ excercise and the requirements are to ‘build a commerical airport with a branch and some leaves’.  I guess what scares me is that people will take this as how developers actually build products. 

Robert Scoble’s Channel 9 is a much better.  Channel 9 IS real, the code room needs to be flushed…

It’s 5:00 somewhere (unfortunately that’s 5 AM)

Hi All!

It’s time to get serious about the blog thing.  Right now, I’ve been up since 3 AM, and am not too coherent, but will continue on anyway…

Mostly this blog is going to be about either computers, music, cats or cars.  Also, it’s a way for me to start working on practicing my writing skills and thought processes.  So, here it goes…