Friday, October 19, 2007

I've Finally Bowed To The All Mighty Apple

Yes, I said I never would, but I actually purchased an item from Apple.  I just gave my thirteen year old daughter an iPod Nano Video.

Ugh.  What a pain in the ass.  Instructions are minimal, reliance on iTunes is unbelievable, and to set up an Apple account for her a credit card had to be supplied!! WTF!!  That's definitely ONE way to suck the money out of my wallet!

The one positive point I will make is that the interface on the device is quite well designed.  Within 5 minutes I was able to easily navigate around and find everything I needed (well, mostly).

She also received an iTunes gift card so she can purchase some music from the iTunes store.  Yet another pain in the ass.  It has taken me 30 minutes just to redeem the card.  The instructions on the card are completely incorrect.  There is no way a non-technical person would ever be able to redeem the card.  Here's an idea, have a big button on the main page that says "Redeem Gift Cards Here". Duh

Yet another interface that is too confusing to understand.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Time Management - The Rock and Sand Theory ...

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high powered over-achievers, he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then he pulled out a one gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set on the table in front of him. He then produced about a dozen fist sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is the jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in, and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied.

He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar, and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is the jar full?" "No!" the class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good!"

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"

One eager student raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things in!" "No," the speaker replied, "That's not the point.

The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all.

What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Your children....Your loved ones...Your education... Your dreams...A worthy cause.....Teaching or mentoring others.... Doing things that you love...Time for yourself.... Your health....Your significant other."

"Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first, or you'll never get them in at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll fill your life with little things to worry about that don't really matter, and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff (the big rocks).

So, tonight or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.

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Lotus Notes V8 - Friend or Foe?

I'm still having a hard time switching over to Notes V8.  I know it is "The Future Of Collaboration Software".  Blah blah blah

Here's my #1 issue:  My Notes V8 Standard deployment footprint is 1GB.  WTF?

And why do I need 1.5GB RAM just to make it function in an acceptable manner? Crazy.

If anyone is interested, here's a link to the hardware requirements:

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