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It’s like he works here . . .

November 17th, 2010 1 comment

In every company I’ve ever worked for, it’s as if Scott Adams was there working with me. Just a couple of days ago we got the word that we would be transitioning to photo ID badges. Not unexpected, but then this showed up in my RSS feed:

And did I mention that I just got a filling replaced? Creepy . . .

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Google Calendar Sync updated

August 18th, 2010 No comments

Just updated yesterday per this blog entry.

Now supports 32-bit Outlook 2010. Works fine for me (Outlook 2010 32-bit on 64-bit Windows 7).

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WPTouch finally done

April 13th, 2010 3 comments

I finally got around to configuring WPTouch for this site. This is a plugin for WordPress that does a really nice job of formatting your site/pages for mobile devices. Works great, but you definitely have to go through the steps to configure it for WPCache/WPSuperCache, or it’s just not pretty.

Like mobile pages showing up on your desktop browser, and desktop pages showing on your mobile browser.

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UC stuff slowly coming together

April 12th, 2010 No comments

I’m finally starting to get a grip on all the little bits and pieces that make up Unified Communications. I hope we’re going to bring up Unified Messaging soon, and start switching some folks over to Enterprise Voice after we upgrade to OCS 2007 R2. There’s a long way to go between here and there, including budgeting, figuring out an RFP, etc.

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Switching keyboards

March 11th, 2010 No comments

Just reading Andy Ihnatko’s post about his beloved DiNovo Keyboard for the Mac from Logitech. It got me to thinking about my keyboard, the MS Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (sounds like something out of a cartoon when I write that out, but that’s the official product name). I’ve had it for a few months now, but it’s been driving me nuts. Seems like I’m constantly retyping things, entering bad passwords, etc.

So, I switched back to my trusty old Natural Keyboard Elite. I have to get used to how the keys are grouped now, but that’s not much. I can already tell the key travel is better, I don’t have to worry about whether or not the function keys are on, and I never used all the media keys across the top anyway.

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Just call me the UC guy

March 6th, 2010 No comments

My boss (OK, former boss – they hired someone out of our group to be our manager, so I don’t report directly to him anymore) asked me a while back to look at what Unified Communications would look like at our company. Currently I’m looking at solutions based on technologies from Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Siemens, since we have significant investments in all four of those company’s technologies.

I’m leaning toward Microsoft, simply because we already have all the client access licenses we’ll need, and Communicator is already on everyone’s desktop. We need to link up the Siemens PBX with Exchange for Unified Messaging, and possibly bring up a couple of more Communicator servers (and a CWA server as well) to round things out.

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Uploaded all the old WordPress entries

March 6th, 2010 No comments

When I had a server colocated at Fibercloud in Bellingham, I had a WP blog there as well with some good stuff in it. I’ve managed to export that and import it here. Server is still running in my garage (Fibercloud was good, but I was on a free colocation plan I won with the server, and it ran out, leaving me the choice of pulling the server or pay $200/month to continue), and I’m considering shopping around for a small wall-mount rack to put the server on, as well as having Verizon come out and install another outlet in the garage so I can move the routers down there as well, and plug the server in. Currently it’s not on the LAN.

That’s for another day, though.

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SharePoint – Slow File Downloads

February 10th, 2010 2 comments

Starting to really tackle the issue at work of slow file downloads from SharePoint. Folks at work don’t notice it much, since we’re all local on the wire, but people in Europe are complaining. Based on talks with network and other folks, there’s probably not a lot in Sharepoint we can do about it. There’s plenty of blog entries and advice on optimizing the local network, optimizing the Sharepoint architecture, and optimizing the database.

We’ve done most of this, though I need to go through the exercise of splitting some of my site collections out of the main content database. That will at least provide us some room to grow.

Other than that, we’re going to have our network folks look at the WAN optimization hardware from Riverbed that will help not only Sharepoint, but a lot of other work that will be accessed by people in Europe.

Update: Finally getting some numbers back from the European folks, and they are all over the map. Mostly they do show that downloads from SharePoint are about as slow (or fast) as those from a file server.

Networking is trialing a couple of Riverbed Steelhead devices, WAN accelerators, on both sides the pond to see if that helps. They should be online in a few days.

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Consider the preacher

February 10th, 2010 1 comment

My Vicar has asked me to preach sometime shortly after Easter, to get back in the saddle, so to speak. I haven’t had the opportunity to preach since before we left All Saints, but it’s time to get back in to it.

After Easter is the great Season of Easter, with the readings following along pretty consistenly in Acts, Revelations and (this year) the Gospel of John. Leaning toward the second Sunday in Easter right now (Gospel is from John on Doubting Thomas). Part of the point of all this is to get me licensed as a preacher in the Diocese of Olympia.

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Aaaand we’re back

February 8th, 2010 No comments

Trying it once again with the blog. I have a feeling this is going to be an ongoing love/hate relationship with blogging.

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