Thursday, November 29, 2007

The business trip that never was

So, yesterday, Wednesday, I embarked on my first out of state business trip for CAI. We were headed to DC. We got here at 8AM, got our rental car and were on the road by 9AM. I was driving.

We got to DC and into a parking garage around 11:30 AM. Not too bad time-wise.

We grabbed some lunch, a great deli on the corner of 3 St NW and E St NW, called Jacks.

Took our lunch to the Judiciary building's cafeteria and ate. About 12:40 PM we headed up to the confrence/training room we were going to train in so we could be ready for the 1PM training.

At 1:30, nobody was there.

By about 3 PM we had found out nobody was going to be there, so we headed to the hotel and planned to be back the next morning.

Just as we pulled into the parking lot of the hotel, we get a call.
The attendees are at a Confrence out of state (New Orleans) all week.
So, instead of training in DC this morning, I'm here back at the office.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

In case you didn't hear about the fire

Red Lion Kingdom Hall fire

Edit: By the way, this was not my Kingdom Hall, but one local. The day this happened we were supposed to have a brother from there give our talk.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Jump to video!

I've posted pictures, hosted my own site, and done quite a bit on the internet. But I've never posted to, at least not till today.

Chloe Videos

I never had anything worth posting before.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Happy Blogiversary to me!

Don't know if that's the word, but as of yesterday, this blog has been here for 4 YEARS!!! Wow!

Way to sell a book!

I just received a free book, 'Small Business Specialist Primer', by SMB Nation Press.

It's quite a large book, I wondered 'Why get such a big book for free?'

Here's a few things I note:

No page numbers. You got the 12-2, 10-9, 8-2 thing going on.

In the section, About the Authors, one author, a lady, has this line in her bio:
Since she moved to Florida, she hasn't been to the beach.
I love the beach. I don't want to do anything that would prevent me from enjoying the beach from time-to-time. Does that mean that if I read this book, I won't get to the beach?

Perhaps my view will change as I read it.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Of Laptops and Builds, Time wasted in the development world

Time is money.
Time is of the essence.
No time to kill.

Every second wasted is bad. That's the long and short of it. So, let me fill you in on how even a big(ger) development company can lost this valuable resource.

Hyper IT guys who think they know it all
If you can rush, and never miss a step, then rush. If you're gonna rush and miss key things, don't rush.

Our IT department has a procedure in place for rolling out new laptops. Backup the old one, and (within a day or two) give you the new one with all the software the developer has been using and will need. No settings are copied, but the software is supposed to be up and running.

Here's how my laptop upgrade went:
Backup my laptop - IT guy asks me when I'm working till. I tell him 5PM. I'll be by at 4:30 to backup your laptop. My thoughts are, he's gonna back it up and give it to me by 5? That's pretty good. So, 4:20 he comes and takes my laptop. At 4:50 PM I ask him how long it'll be.
"I hope you weren't waiting. I took it at 4:30 so you'ld have time to finish your other stuff before 5."

Umm.... I'm a computer programmer. Without a computer to program on, there's not much I can do. I know backups take longer than a half hour. I should have pressed for more information.

So, I get my old laptop back the next morning.

The NEXT Monday, afternoon, I get my new laptop. I'm told I can copy any data off my old laptop to the new one that I need.

I have several Virtual PCs I use for different project. We're talking several gigs a piece. So the IT guy is nice enough to put me on a separate hub so I won't have to deal with traffic/collisions on the Gigabit network. A nice little 10/100 hub.

Silly me, I Moved my data, instead of copy. Tuesday a little before noon, I go to get my SQL database running... and SQL Management Studio is not installed.

Long story short, I got my new laptop running Wednesday morning.

Poor Development Processes for Projects
I read Coding Horror daily. Here's another way a team can lose time, new people to the project not being able to come on board in a timely fashion.
The F5 Key Is Not a Build Process