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February 16, 2006

gloom, meet doom. doom…gloom.

gotta love the tech press.

they never seem to miss a chance to sound a death knell for some market or sector every chance they get…all the while proving themselves utter fools when it comes to the realities of being in the business of providing tech.

office live has the opportunity to double our firm’s business, and here’s a quick pop quiz to explain why:

web-enabled apps require what, exactly?

you in the back…speak up…don’t be shy…

that’s right!

web-enabled apps require connectivity.
and connectivity means…infrastructure, in one way or another.

now…to be sure…your idea of infrastructure might have to shift.

a given client’s needs may dictate that, instead of a server at the office, they need a web-enabled app.

rather than dumping $10K or so into a server, you might need $5K for internet connectivity, etc., anyone?

ok…bad example…given their notorious penchant for outages.

but if your entire business model is you selling x number of gee whizzy app 2.5 a month, no matter what is the best fit for your clients…then i don’t want to know ya.

our clients use us for much more than server monkey tasks.
they ask us to advise them on the tech decisions and directions they take.

so…our clients might ask us to help choose a connectivity provider, a wireless device and provider, and help them integrate that into their business, including business process development and training.

your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy’s best advice for today is…

don’t get wedded too closely to a single product or methodology or buzzword of the months.

at least not so much that you become petrified of change when it is necessary.

otherwise, i can almost guarantee you will find yourself rooted in yesterday’s ideas…and your business will stumble.

all you need is this one simple idea…

dedicate yourself and your business to the idea of making your clients successful…and your success will follow.

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February 16, 2006

say man…somebody stole your battery life…

i say we go get the mother*%@$#!

your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy recently saw an article on one of his favorite sites, anandtech, about an issue that’s been discovered that can significantly affect battery life on certain notebooks.

basically, any usb 2.0 device plugged into a core duo or pentium m laptop can keep that machine from reaching deeper acpi states, which can decrease the running time by nearly 30% in some cases.

check out the article here for the lowdown, a possible workaround, and full accounting of the issue.

or, you can just rig up one of these suckers, and drag it around with you wherever you roam…

and for those of you who caught the pop-culture reference in the title…yours truly has just one more thing to say…

buckwheat…is dead.

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February 16, 2006

go queenie go!

regular visitors to the funcave already are familiar with queenie, the woman who makes the vlad and your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy sound like aphasic drunks by comparison on sbs show.

well, let’s give a big funcave cheer for queenie, who has recently been profiled by the mothership’s uk division for her work with small business server and with the sbs community.

evidently, she’s even on a poster…which i’m sure will send sbs show fans scrambling.

in all seriousness tho…congrats susanne.

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February 16, 2006

surprise! the next version of office will be called…

office 2007!

wow…wonder how long the marketing team stayed up thinking of that one?

since it sounds just like ea’s sports franchise machine anyway…i suggest ms’ steal away the spokesman for ea’s solid gold baby, and instead call the next release…

john madden office: full impact productivity suite

instead of clippy…have animated linebackers tackling documents, or folders, or office geeks…terry tate-style. all the while, madden’s voice doing color commentary while you work…

it’s basic fundamentals, like pivot tables, that lead to victory!!!

now that would sell like hotcakes.

heck…think of all the confused fanboys who would be camping out at their local computer retailer so they’d be sure to be the first one to get it!

ok ok…enough free advice to the blue badges…here’s the announcement:

Microsoft Announces 2007 Microsoft Office Release NEW
Microsoft Corp. today announced the lineup of its upcoming 2007 Microsoft® Office system products, previously code-named Microsoft Office “12,” including new and improved suites, applications, servers and services to be available by the end of 2006. The 2007 release is designed to increase individual impact, simplify collaboration, streamline business processes and content management, and improve business insight. The product and packaging lineup is grounded in a deep understanding of how customers’ needs intersect with trends in the workplace. Microsoft will make available both enhanced and new packaging options to make it easier for customers to purchase the solutions that best meet their unique business needs.

Details about the 2007 Microsoft Office system products, including press releases and white papers on new Office products, application naming, suite packaging, server lineup, and U.S. estimated retail prices, can be found online at and

ok…so go check it out if you’re interested…right john?

that’s right hfb…now who’s ready for some powerpoint!!!!

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February 11, 2006

early vista adoption: reason #1

finally saw, this weekend, the first truly compelling reason for anyone to immediately upgrade to windows vista, namely…

the pc version of halo 2 will be released for windows vista only

in other words…

so, if you’re a diehard pc gamer…namely, someone who refuses to buy a console that costs about 2/3 as much as the cheapest video card that will be necessary to run halo 2 at a playable framerate…then you’ll want to get your pre-order for windows vista in now.

of course…you could just buy a high-end gaming pc after vista is released.

sure, that piece of junk will start at $5k, but hey…it includes vista pre-installed.

and everyone knows that 1337 g@m3rz can’t afford to waste time on anything…like eating, sleeping, bathing, or visiting the bathroom…other than gaming.

so that definitely rules out actually taking the time to install an os upgrade.

of course, this still isn’t a reason for corporate customers to upgrade.

unless you work for a company that allows after-hours deathmatching…

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