Friday Oct 09, 2009
My manager forwarded to the team this article on CNNMoney.com that ranks the best jobs in America. I was surprised to read that Technical Writer was only ranked at number 28. From my (admittedly skewed) perspective it should top the list. Technical writing is a challenging job that offers the opportunity to educate yourself and others while getting paid. Over the years I've worked at some amazing companies, and with some incredibly talented people. And I get to write! And I get to create diagrams and illustrations! I might not have the paparazzi on my tail but can Nicole Richie explain the difference between symmetric and asymmetric key encryption? I think not. So if you're a teen (or a parent of a teen) who is trying to decide what to do with yourself as an adult, read up on technical writing. It's a way of making a living that makes me want to sing a daily Happy Working Song (as embodied by Amy Adams in Enchanted).
Thursday Jul 02, 2009
By docteger on Jul 02, 2009
When my manager mentioned that he was also celebrating Canada Day this weekend I thought, how interesting that both of these days are together on the calendar. Did Canada try to emulate the United States when deciding to make their day in the first week of July? Not that I have any idea what Canada Day is. So I decided to investigate to see if the fact that these two days occupy the same week in the calendar is interesting at all. I know that July 4th is the day a declaration of independence from the British government was signed in the United States. According to Wikipedia, July 1 is popularly referred to as Canada's Birthday.
The occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on 1 July 1867. Although Canada is regarded as having become a kingdom in its own right on that date, the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.So July 1 is a declaration of federation with a declaration of independence chaser and a 100 year mortgage. Now what I find interesting is the long arm of the British Parliament. To all who celebrate this weekend, enjoy your hot dogs (vegetarian in this household), cherry pie, nanaimo bars, and Henry Gibson (yes, that one) performing 200 Years from the Nashville soundtrack.
Sunday Jan 25, 2009
By docteger on Jan 25, 2009
I want to acknowledge the hard work and contribution made to Sun Microsystems by the employees affected in last week's reduction in the work force (i.e.: lay offs). I had worked with a number of them over the years and thus, I felt even greater sadness than had they just been numbers on a tally. As for those who have had the good fortune to continue working for Sun, we are now working on teams with a reduced number. So, I dedicate this video to all: those who now seek a ray of light after a day of dark and those who now work at the break-neck speed illustrated by the time-lapse images. And life goes on...
Friday Sep 12, 2008
By docteger on Sep 12, 2008
My hairdresser scared the \* out of me. You're really voting for Barack Obama? His name scares me, she said. His name? Here is a woman living in the cosmopolitan center of the Rocky Mountains who thinks John McCain was the better choice for president because his name was Anglo-Saxon? I asked her to please educate herself on Barack Obama before November 4 and not just spout off, what sounded to me like, talking points from Fox Television. The people in this country can't take four more months, much less four more years, of Republican rule.
One of my favorite songs from the '80s\* took on a whole new meaning when I heard it on the way home. The song speaks to the spirit of Barack Obama and his supporters. The video clips give you perspective on what should and should not be feared. Please watch it, dance along if you'd like, and use the links below to get more information. Your fellow citizens will appreciate you for doing that.
all the best,
- Red. White and Blue
- Hurricane Katrina: The Drive: New Orleans Lower 9th Ward
- WAR ON IRAQ HELMET CAM FIGHTING
- Bush, McCain - So Happy Together
Monday Aug 25, 2008
By docteger on Aug 25, 2008
Over on my personal blog, you might be interested in my experiences getting a ticket for the Obama Tour 2008. I'll be at INVESCO Field in Denver Thursday night for the big acceptance speech - my first moment in history, I think.
Obama Tour 2008: The Tale of a Ticket
Wednesday Aug 06, 2008
By docteger on Aug 06, 2008
I've written a white paper (yes, a white paper) with the Subject title on my personal blog and here is a link to it.
Mamma Mia! It's ABBA But Is It A Musical?
If you are one of the many who have been caught up this summer with ABBA fever due to the release of Mamma Mia!, you just might find it interesting. There's pix, history, videos, music, links galore, and even a short clip of me performing. Enjoy.
For those NOT interested and so your visit to this entry is not a total loss, how about a number from another film musical. Here's Doris Day singing I'm Not At All In Love from The Pajama Game.
Tuesday May 27, 2008
By docteger on May 27, 2008
The office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is polling reaction to the California Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on gay marriage. As of this date, most of the responses they have received are in OPPOSITION to the court's decision. Please vote in support of the California Supreme Court's decision on LGBT marriage:
- Call 1-916-445-2841
- Listen to the prompts and press 1 for English, 5 for hot topics, 1 for same sex marriage issue, and then 1 to vote yes
(You might want to actually listen to the options to make sure they weren't changed by some right-wing lunatic.)
- Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line
- Pete Shelley - Telephone Operator
- Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
- Annie Golden - Hang Up the Phone
- Meri Wilson - Telephone Man
Thursday Mar 06, 2008
By docteger on Mar 06, 2008
Here's a pointer to a personal blog I write called 3 Lines About.... It's an illustrated compendium of movie reviews in three grammatically-correct sentences. Why? Because if you can't write it in three sentences, it ain't worth reading. Check it out. In honor of the movies, here's Fred Astaire and Janis Paige singing Cole Porter's Stereophonic Sound from the 1957 musical, Silk Stockings.
Thursday Jan 31, 2008
By docteger on Jan 31, 2008
Well not quite. But today is the first day of my 50th year so I'm sharing my thoughts on it by embedding Miss Sally O'Malley and her thoughts on it, asserted during her audition to dance with the Rockettes. Think of it as a gift of humor to you on my birthday.
Thursday Nov 08, 2007
Thursday Oct 25, 2007
By docteger on Oct 25, 2007
As a Sun employee, I write technical documents. But, writing a play is something I've wanted to do in my off-time for a long while. In January of this year, I decided to get off the pot, write this thing, and have a public reading by the end of the year. Well, 2007 is almost over and on Nov. 5 at 7 PM I will be watching (along with the audience at the Crossroads Theatre, 2590 Washington Street, in Denver) the first public reading of a sparkling new comedy that has been called (by a member of the local theatre community) 'fast, funny, and furious'. The Bride's Side is the name of the play and the bride's side of the family is the focus (not the bride - whom we never meet). The action begins as Philip and Rosie Newman are getting ready to lead a caravan of their adult children to the wedding of their grand daughter. On the way, cars are driven, pipes are smoked, trousers are dropped, and butterflies are released. But nothing erodes the enthusiasm of the bride's side for life, for family and for each other - even the secrets they spill as the bride and groom unwittingly cut the cake. If you're in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Denver, stop by. And if you're not, stop by anyway. The show is free, there's plenty of parking and there will be a talk back following the reading. The cast and I will be answering questions, taking feedback, and writing down your comments. At the very least, you can buy some delicious homemade ice cream next door at Blackberries. See my personal web site for more information.
Thursday Oct 11, 2007
By docteger on Oct 11, 2007
FYI. The Access Manager Client SDK is aimed at applications that use identity APIs at run-time. This includes applications that contain functionality for authentication, SSO, policy evaluation (fine grain policy enforcement) and obtaining and setting user attributes, roles, etc. The Client SDK is not aimed at applications that perform management of policies (creations, deletions, etc.) or identities. From a deployment point of view, the Client SDK offers the following advantages over full SDK:
- The Client SDK does not require administrator credentials (amadmin, dsameuser, etc.).
- The Client SDK uses only http/https and communicates only with Access Manager. It does not require
serverconfig.xmland does not use LDAP.
- Because of this, applications using the Client SDK can be deployed in DMZs and a firewall can be placed between the applications and Access Manager.
- Because of this, the three persistent search connection used by the full SDK is not needed. This reduces the load and improves performance on Directory Server. This allows the Client SDK to have 100s of applications rather than the 10s of them supported by the full SDK.
- The Client SDK is smaller - approximately 1M as compared to the ~10M size of the full SDK.
- The Client SDK is better suited for J2EE war deployment, requiring only a single jar (
amclientsdk.jar) and the
AMConfig.propertiesfile within the Access Manager WAR.
- Policy Management: Policy Management requires a number of plugins (Subject, Resource, Conditions, etc.). These are not included. For this reason, the server side
com.sun.identity.policy.PolicyEvaluatorwould not be supported.
- Federation/Liberty: The Liberty APIs are not supported in the Client SDK.
Monday Aug 20, 2007
Tuesday Jul 31, 2007
Thursday Jul 05, 2007
By docteger on Jul 05, 2007
...the trailer you've been looking for is here: http://www.thegaminglife.net/2007/07/03/jj-abrams-clover-field-teaser-trailer youtube has been removing the trailer as fast as they have been uploaded so I searched for a non-youtube version. Hopefully, this link'll be live for a bit of time. If you're not a fan of J.J. Abrams, you have no idea what I'm writing about.
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