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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Working for Disney - [10:03 AM]

Tiggers are wonderful things!The Disney Blog: "The serious shortage of workers continues at Disneyland. Now they're offering increased wages and college credit to college students. There used to be a time when Disney had to turn away college students who wanted to work at Disneyland just to get that name on their resume. That ended sometime around the middle of Eisner reign over the parks. It's been that long since anyone has uttered the phrase 'Disney Excellence' without some sense of irony and that's a shame." - Dang, I'd love to work for those guys. Time to point this out to my college bound daughter.
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Linux and the desktop - [9:30 AM]

I've been developing for the past year in a Linux environment, but I still use Windows for my administrative tasks. This past week I upgraded my Linux box to Fedora 5 and all I have to say is WOW! These guys are finally getting there. I'm very pleased with the progress in usability. I'm very close to replacing my Windows box with a full-time Linux box. There are two things holding me back, I've finally learned to live with the crap development tools, but I still like Outlook and FeedDemon. Apparently Evolution can connect with Exchange, so that's one down after I get the magic juju from our IT guy to tell me how to connect with it. But FeedDemon is not something that's easily replaced. I've tried two feed readers and they just don't compare.

Nick, you've created a masterpiece I can't do without. NewsGator wouldn't be interested in creating FeedDemon for Linux would they?
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Serendipity? - [9:24 AM]

Mini-Microsoft: "The following is not by me but rather is a comment repost that I exclaimed 'Ooo!' when it came in." - Wowzer, what a coincidence. I just posted about Scoble's 3.0 comment and read Mini only to find something related.

I liked this part in particular...

"You must accept the Matrix-like realization that your score was decided long before you even started your review. You have already gotten what your manager decided to give you. Your manager is not going to base anything in their feedback on what you wrote unless they want to argue with something you wrote. What they write is only to justify the score they gave you. Advice: Write your review so it looks like you did what you want your next job to be so new hiring managers think you’re great and qualified for their job, but are currently just in the wrong group."

I added the emphasis on the first sentence. This is one of many issues Microsoft needs to resolve.
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3.0's? - [9:19 AM]

Scoble: "If I were Bill Gates I'd issue a memo that said 'any team that ships without Firefox support automatically gets 3.0s for all members.'" - Has the definition of 3.0 changed at Microsoft? Does it not mean 'completing all tasks in your charge'? Or, better put, doing your job.

The whole review system at Microsoft always bothered me, I think I can safely say I don't know a single person I worked with that liked it.

Can someone share the definition of 3.0 with the rest of the world? Mini, are you listening?
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Cass has a new buddy - [9:09 AM]

Cass McNutt: "Meet Cephas, the wild but ridiculously tame blue jay who's keep me company today" - Cass is living my dream, he has a lifestyle business. He's the President and CEO of a local development house and has managed to create a comfortable work/lifestyle around his business. What do I mean, I mean freedom. His employees work from whatever location they want. Of course he has an office and all the stuff that comes along with it, but his talent works mainly from home.

At one time I had what I considered the perfect working conditions. I was blessed to work from home for my last five years with Visio. They were productive for me. Hopefully someday I'll be able to return to that arrangement, I can't see it happening with my current employer, but that's a story for another day.
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Friday, May 05, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [11:02 AM]

Good mornin' folks...

Not too much interest in movie lines as of late, lack of posts will kill your weblog quicker than anything.

We did manager to get a couple of correct guesses, and had a newcomer almost take the cake. Our winner was Mr. John Marshall, congratulations John. The newcomer that just about grabbed the top spot was Mr. Richard Atkinson, he was off by a digit in his answer. Thanks for playing Richard, please come back next week and give it another go.

The correct answer was...


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Thursday, May 04, 2006

No Virgins for Moussaoui - [1:14 PM]

CNN: "U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema responded: 'You came here to be a martyr and die in a big bang of glory. 'But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper,' she said, borrowing a line from 'The Hollow Men.'" - It's true, death is too good for Moussaoui, rot in prison alone with your thoughts.
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Movie line of the week - [10:24 AM]

Hollywood!Good morning movie liners! The work craziness continues, thus the light posting. There's so much I'd like to share my crappy opinion about these days, but for now how 'bout a movie line?

Actor #1: Why didn't they plant the bomb in Trish's stove?
Actor #2: Yeah. Think of all the needless suffering that could've ended there!
Actor #1: I'm gonna die on a toilet, aren't I?
Actor #2: Guys like you don't die on toilets.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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