Glad to meet you, I’m Negative Nancy

So today I’m Negative Nancy, all because I pointed someone to Preston Gralla’s article, “Why Chrome OS Will Turn to Lead“.  They didn’t even want to hear a differing opinion, sorta like sticking your head in the sand pretending all is right in the world, I guess.  I don’t know if Gralla is right or if Google is, I do know the world is littered with those without a clear business model for their products and that Gralla makes several good points, but perhaps Google knows something I (we) don’t.  Time will tell, but until then I’ll surround myself with differing opinions so that I (we) can make informed technology decisions.

So you think you’re having a bad day

One of my techs had a software problem this morning and had to call support — a pretty rare event around here.  And after describing the problem to support, the tech responded and I quote. “I knew I should’ve taken the day off.”

Just in case you’re wondering… that’s never a good sign.

New JCBI website

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the new JCBI website is online.

Because of several ongoing projects at work I choose WordPress over Drupal for this website. I sort of have mixed feeling about that decision, I feel a little trapped by WordPress and miss the flexibility that Drupal offers me. Some of that could be lack of experience, I have years of experience with Drupal and only a few months with WordPress.

Anyway, the deed is done and I expect that some of my baseball blogging will take place there, especially when it come to JCBI.

Back from VMworld 2008

Spent last week in Las Vegas at VMworld along with 14,000+ other IT professionals.  Pretty amazing what 14,000 nerds can do to cell networks, wireless and internet access –you can pretty much forget about it.  It was my first VMworld and my first conference in years.

I won’t go into the details of the conference — most of you couldn’t care less, but I really enjoyed the interaction with other like minded people.  Most of the time, people I interact with outside of work have no feakin’ idea what I do or anything about the topics that interest me.  IT management, computer security, networking, etc., these discussions don’t excite anyone but those making their living in these area.  So, I soaked it up and I already miss it to a degree, but it’s good to be back home with the family and thinking a bit about baseball again.

Blackberry or iPhone

I rarely post anything about technology anymore, which may seem odd for an IT guy. There’s just so many folks already doing that sort of thing, I just don’t feel that I can add much more to the conversation already taking place. And besides, I’m more into the management of technology these days and few wanna go down that road.

Admittedly I’m a skeptic when it comes to technology. I’ve listened to and experienced my share of sales pitches over the years. And I’ve witnessed countless “you don’t get it” facial expressions from sales folks, when myself or team punches holes in their Utopian like sales pitches. So it takes a lot to get me excited, but the new iPhone might just be one of those got-to-have gadgets.

Manjit Singh, CIO at Chiquita Brands International is quoted in last weeks Computerworld as saying,

I have nothing against iPhone. It’s great, but we’re a BlackBerry shop, and I don’t think iPhone brings anything new to the table. It has a great user experience, but that’s all.”

That’s all? Perhaps we’re different than other IT shops, all things considered, if I can deliver a better user experience for anywhere near the same money, count me in! In fact, that intangible value gained by providing users a choice of technology, Apple vs. PC, iPhone vs. BlackBerry (we’re already a BB shop too), etc,. is extremely appealing as long as the acquisition and support cost are manageable.

I don’t know, I’m still cautious, but the 2.0 version of the iPhone has caught my eye, when I couldn’t have cared less about its predecessor.

Google’s AdSense

Seemed to me that a lot of the Drupal based blogs/websites I’ve run across make use of Google’s AdSense, so I decided to give it a whirl on my site. Using Drupal’s AdSense module makes setting things up on your website a breeze. And as you’d expect, Google has done an amazing job targeting ads based on my site’s content.

Now I gotta table this project for a bit and get to work with smays on a project he’s cooking up. Sorry –it’s top secret!

Cables, cables, everywhere…

It’s hard to imagine given advancements in technology, that we string communications wires from continent to continent. Or perhaps it’s amazing, in a good way, that we’re able to… over undersea mountains and alike, in a corrosive environment, etc. This topic came up during a company disaster recover meeting this week after India suffered a major internet outage due to a couple undersea cable cuts.

Save Windows XP!

Yep! That about sums it up… Infoworld is throwing its weight behind an effort to stop Microsoft from abandoning Windows XP for that piece of crap they’re trying to ram down our throats; Vista. I guess that makes my position on Vista pretty clear. From a corporate view, XP does what we need, it works fine, it’s stable, our applications and processes work with it. Vista is broken — period. It’s not particularly stable, it doesn’t work with many of our applications, users are lost in the reshuffled UI. Please, just give me one reason beside feeding the giant software monster more money for more crap my company doesn’t need.

Please help Save XP! (via Joel –thanks)