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Tuesday Dec 12, 2006
By dewdropinn on Dec 12, 2006
Well, forget about the PBX system. I'm going to apply for a token card so I can at least do email from home. This is dead time for me, and to be honest, I can't afford it. The Network Support team has been very busy since Thanksgiving, due to training for new products. Once training is done, we'll continue to be well occupied with the new products we are getting. I should clarify that these are new products to our team, not newly introduced products. At least as far as I know there are not any new products among them. I guess I'll find out when I get scheduled for training.
Still waiting for my ride. I'll make good use of the time by having breakfast.
Saturday Dec 09, 2006
By dewdropinn on Dec 09, 2006
Sunday Sep 24, 2006
By dewdropinn on Sep 24, 2006
I'm currently using the built-in version of the Firefox browser to post this, but there is a considerable list of available software packages that is kept current by Internet update. I really didn't expect to be able to boot this environment up and use it so readily. I think I will save the money I had earmarked for upgrading my home desktop's hardware and try Ubuntu, "Linux for Human Beings!" instead.
Sunday Oct 16, 2005
By dewdropinn on Oct 16, 2005
OK, it's not all bad. I can redeem the voucher for "qualifying software" which includes Microsoft and non-Microsoft titles that are generally available in "standard form". So, since I need to provide a photocopy of a receipt or a boxtop of some sort, I am probably going to go to some brick and mortar store and pick up something. I'm not sure what I can get for $40 but I'm going to find out.
Saturday May 14, 2005
By dewdropinn on May 14, 2005
Salvatore Anthony DiCiero
October 5, 1930 ~ May 14, 2005
Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she let my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
Friday Apr 22, 2005
By dewdropinn on Apr 22, 2005
This time, we stayed at Disney's Pop Century Resort, which is one of the more affordable of the onsite hotels there. (Disney also has other "budget" hotels like the All Star Music where we stayed on our last trip in '98) The theme of this resort is popular culture of the last century. It's where you can really feel how old you are by taking stock of how many decades from the past century that you actually lived through and/or remember. The food court is handy but there is not much variety from day to day. It's good to plan ahead and use the "priority seating" for the various Disney restaurants to break up your daily menu.
Disney being Disney, alot has changed since our last vist but much has stayed the same. The Disney experience is one of the most cleanest (literally and figuratively) you can have. The place is spotless, the "cast members" are friendly, helpful and efficient and the guests are having a great time. That hasn't changed. There are some new attractions and features: EPCOT has "Mission: Space" which no one in my party wanted to do and Disney/MGM Studios has the "Rockin rollercoaster starring Aerosmith", which a few in my party tried. That brings me to the "fastpass" system for the popular rides with long wait times. This is new and seems to work well to help keep waits under an hour for those who wish to wait (they call it standby) and waits to under a half hour (or less) for fastpass holders. (That was based on our experience, YMMV).
We were able to get to the Animal Kingdom park this time, unlike when we were there in April 1998, arriving on the very day of the grand opening. At least 7 years later, the place isn't at capacity by 10:00am. The Animal Kingdom park is the smallest park in the group. The best things to do there was the Safari ride, the "It's tough to be a bug" show and the "Primeval Whirl" rollercoaster (we all chickened out on the Dino roller coaster).
The Disney transportation system is still very efficient, even if they do pack you in like sardines when it's busy. We didn't see the cattlecar-like people movers in use this time, only regular buses.
The best buffet/character interaction is the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom. A wide selection of goodies to suit every taste. We went this time for dinner. A big thumbs up for their glazed vegetable medley, the kale dish and the curry chicken. Mmm Mmm good!
But all that fun, fun, fun takes it's toll on your wallet, feet and tummy. So it was good to get home. Or as the old saying goes: East or West, home is best.
Saturday Jan 22, 2005
By dewdropinn on Jan 22, 2005
Sunday Nov 21, 2004
By dewdropinn on Nov 21, 2004
The Thanksgiving season is a popular time for reunions, and this year marks 25 years since I graduated from Chelmsford High School.
I've been to the 5th and the 20th reunions, and with few exceptions, you never really see the same group of folks. This year, I went with 4 of my oldest friends, 3 of whom had never attended a reunion. It was a blast, but also an adventure.
We bashed around a couple of ideas on how best to handle the evening so we could all relax and enjoy the experience, and settled on hiring a limousine. It was a good decision and also provided much of the aforementioned "adventure".
Those of use in close proximity to each other met at a friend's house in Westford, MA and the limo picked us up there. We then drove to New Boston, NH to pick up our farthest flung companion. If you have never been to New Boston, NH, lets just say it's a bit off the beaten path. Not only did we get lost finding our pal's house, we led our driver up one very rustic driveway (to the wrong house), and almost left half the limo's undercarriage behind trying to turn around.
Here I must give a shout out to our long-suffering, extremely professional and friendly driver Irene. She had the patience of a saint and nothing fazed her. Not the aimless searching for the correct house, not the requests for her take "glamour photos" of us in front of the limo and not even a little accident in the back of the limo involving a bit too much booze and not enough acid reflux medicine. Enough said. Irene, you rocked!
My friends who had never attended a reunion were quite nervous -- would they know anyone? Would it be boring and would we have to find a "Plan B" for the evening's entertainment? It was all for naught. One friend said to me after being in attendance for only 10 minutes "I'm so blown away!"
It's easy to be intimidated by these types of events. No matter how well you have done after high school, all the anxieties come back. Will the bully who tormented me in study still be waiting to make me miserable? Will the person who I "crushed on" (as the kids now say) remember me with a kind word? Will people think I'm a loser? Not to mention the ever present worry: "How have my looks held up over the years in comparison to my classmates?
I say: go for it! You may find some pleasant surprizes, as I did.
Saturday Nov 13, 2004
By dewdropinn on Nov 13, 2004
Sunday Oct 31, 2004
By dewdropinn on Oct 31, 2004
Saturday Oct 09, 2004
Monday Sep 13, 2004
By dewdropinn on Sep 13, 2004
What struck me was something else.
It's typical when a colleague has a customer with a tough issue for them to send an email around via our internal list with a short description of the problem, the steps taken, the errors produced and so forth and ask for suggestions. Others on the list will send out what help they can and often take the time to describe a similar problem they encountered and how they fixed it. It's just one way we get answers and solve problems.
As I read through the responses to this LDAP question-du-jour, I suddenly realized how we take ownership of not just problem, but the people. All the "here's what fixed it . . ." responses usually include the phrase "my customer did (some action)" or "we found this patch helped" (we meaning the customer and the support engineer). Even in our face-to-face or phone discussions amongst ourselves, we tend to make the same references.
A cynical person would say it's simply a shorthand for "the customer I was working with" or "the customer who me called yesterday" and that's true. I contend that it is more than that. When you call in for help and reach me (or one of my colleagues), you become MY customer and the issue you have is OURS and WE will solve it together.
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