February 9, 2007
now they can say that at least they didn’t send anti-terrorism & bomb squad units on a wild goose chase all over beantown…
obviously giving bostonians yet another reason to be the surliest people on earth…
all to promote the dumbest animated show ever.
aqua teen hunger force? who came up with that piece of garbage?
i seriously think you have to be hopelessly addicted to prozac to even follow the stupid thing.
or at least smoke meth to understand what meatwad is saying.
gimme a truly ironic & comedic cartoon.
not some monstrosity dreamed by up by some skiv flying on e who couldn’t stop touching his happy meal.
sealab 2021 was awesome, altho it couldn’t survive the tragic loss of harry goz.
or gimme me somethin’ like frisky dingo…now you’re talking!
altho the best animated show you’ve prolly never heard of is the venture bros.
heck, running antelope will watch any of those last 3 with me…and she pretty much hates anything animated unless it’s named family guy, american dad, or has a big disney logo on the box.
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January 8, 2007
mothership’s recent foray into the wonderful world of concept marketing recently got me thinking about the importance of…canaries.
simple idea, after all.
miners used to take a canary with them as a warning system against deadly gas buildup. if the canary died, then it was time to get out of the mine.
this concept in the realm of system administration, which the diva has written about many times before, involves choosing certain end-user & target machines to selectively deploy patches & updates to first. that way, if something goes ka-whacko, you haven’t dropped your whole organization.
thing is tho…
that’s only from a nuts & bolts, technical perspective.
but what about the critical aspects of a business that don’t involve, well…patching.
what about things like:
a bad patch might kick your business’ butt for an afternoon…
but a bad marketing plan or incorrect offering can hamstring your business for months, if not right out of business.
think of it this way.
how many times has your s.o. caught a glimpse of you as you were headed out the door & winced visibly, saying
uhhhh…you’re not actually gonna wear that, are you?
hands-up if you went on out the door without changing.
yeah…didn’t think so.
that’s the canary i’m talking about here.
someone who can check what it is you’re planning to say to your customers & prospects before you sound either like a total idiot…
or worst of all…
an arrogant, know-it-all, jargon-spouting snob who can’t be bothered to listen.
you might be surprised to learn how many times you come off that way, even when you think you are being your most helpful, considerate & conscientious.
in my experience, the very best canaries for this type of gut-check, quite frankly, don’t need even an ounce of technical knowledge, nor do they give a rat’s rear end about becoming technically proficient themselves.
truth of matter, you don’t want them to be either. you don’t want their own knowledge automatically filling in any gaps whatsoever.
you want them to be a tabula rasa, save for one thought…
why are you better than anyone else?
if you can’t answer that question for your canary without sounding like a jerk…
you definitely aren’t ready for customers yet.
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December 22, 2006
nope…not talking about jolly old st. nick here.
your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy is talking about making a list of applications, hardware & other assorted bits & bobs and the corresponding status of them having announced support for windows vista.
obviously, yours truly is starting with just the stuff here in the funcave or hanging off the old utility belt. yeah, it’s a barebones list…3rd-party stuff only…
but whipping up something like this for yourself can give you a quick overview about where your key stuff stands. for a business, obviously, the status of your holy-crap-we-can’t-function-without-this-app application should be the first thing you document & check.
if you want to see something added…post a request in the comments or fire it in via e-mail.
no warranty, express or implied, or anything else for the following info.
happyfunboy’s super-awesome guide to whether stuff supports windows vista
adobe photoshop elements 5.0 = free update after release
adobe premiere elements 3.0 = free update after release
adobe reader 8.0 = available now
apple itunes 7.0.2 = nothing announced
apple quicktime 7.1.3 = gathering feedback
ati = available now
difolders blogjet 220.127.116.11 = nothing announced
hewlett-packard/compaq = mid to late january
nero 7 ultra edition enhanced = available now
nvidia = available now
skype 3.0 = nothing announced
slysoft virtual clone drive 18.104.22.168 = available now
wacom = available now
even tho vista has been available to volume license, technet & msdn customers for almost a month now…
when any other vendor talks about the release of vista…
they are referring to the full-on release to consumers, which happens in january.
you might also find the following upgrade assessment tools helpful in determining your current system’s readiness:
as queenie found out, there are bound to be little hitches & catches here & there.
if you’re pissed about something not being supported…don’t yell at me. go howl at the vendor.
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December 14, 2006
seriously, they just put the final nail in the zune’s self-created coffin…
with a fracking sledgehammer!
check it out, unless you were a member of the zune team.
your time will be much better spent polishing the resume.
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November 22, 2006
it makes the rollout for zune look like a launch party in times square by comparison.
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