Friday, February 27, 2009

Security Updates

Even though 8.10 is the latest supported release of Ubuntu, it's been around for a while (October 2008) so there's a pretty big set of updates right away. I pulled the 200 updates down (it's pretty "automatic") and installed them. If I was running a fleet of computers on Ubuntu, I'd want to pull it once and use that download set for all the computers. Loading the updates on removable media is one of the ways I'm going to try.

I'm also following (trying to) hyperlink recommendations for accessibility from Glenda Hyatt.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The switch to Ubuntu

I've been disrespecting Microsoft for years now (mostly, I'm against monopolies). It seems it's time for me to hitch my wagon to some flavor of Linux. I'm starting with Ubuntu 8.10. I've tested it many times on a few different computers. Today I have committed to limiting my computer use at home to Linux.

If I land some Notes/Domino consulting work, I'll have to sort out what I'm going to do for Domino Designer.

The 8.10 install is very straightforward. "Out of the box" it has everything I need for home use.

I'm going to research small business costs for Microsoft licensing, and see about helping businesses and individuals make the same switch to Linux.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Next Phase of my Career

I received notice today. I am fortunate to have the boss I do; he fought for me to get 3 months notice and he gave me the freedom to search for a job opportunity outside and inside my current employer.

The automotive industry has been unstable for the last few years, and I've managed to dodge this bullet for a long time. Now with the whole economy transitioning, more bullets are flying and it became difficult to justify maintaining resources that don't have a clear impact on improving the bottom line (I think that means me).

I'm going to use this forum to collect everything I've been reading for the past few months on job seeking, personal branding, social networking, etc.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day 9

I'm happy to see you, to hear your voice on the phone, to talk with you, to know you.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Day 8

Love, humility, and gratefulness destroy envy.

It's my job to be Judi's biggest cheerleader.

It's not my job to compare my weaknesses with her strengths.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Day 7

Somehow, I'm reading Day 7 today.

There is a room in our lives called the Appreciation room - where we store all the things we appreciate about our spouses.

Most of the Love Dare has hit me square on right between the eyes. But today; it states; "most things in the Appreciation Room were likely written in the initial stages of your relationship".

Not so with Judi - she continues to speak in to my life reasons to appreciate her;
- she loves to spend time with me
- she serves and serves and serves
- she puts up with my weaknesses, while encouraging me to be better
- she is a godly woman

I love her, and appreciate her, more each day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Day 3 and 4 - did 2 days go by already?

day3 - selfishness

the opposite of love is selfishness
true love looks for ways to say "yes"

day4 - thoughtfulness

Somehow, I need to stop, take a breath, and just think about Judi for a few minutes. Today seemed so "full" at work, maybe it was supposed to be an example of a day where I definitely didn't stop.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love Dare Day 2

Love is kind.

Kind = gentle, helpful, willing, takes initiative

I know that Judi is kind to me. She has a servant heart.

I'll never know how to love until I learn how to demonstrate kindness.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Love Dare, Day 1

I always thought of myself as a patient person (except when I'm driving), but I'm still trying to get better. I just asked Judi and she agreed (phew!).

Now about not saying anything negative ......

This is something I'm going to need to work on. I so easily bash things that Judi cares about.

If I'm not patient and/or I'm not kind - I'm not loving.

check out The Love Dare here.