William Smith: August 2008 Archives

I hadn’t touched my new Entourage Exchange Setup script for a few weeks and decided to finally tackle it again. Didn’t realize how much I’d done already and how little was really left to do.

Since the beginning of the year (maybe since late last year) we’ve all heard the rumors and then confirmations that our company would be splitting into two separate entities and literally going their own ways. Wow! Doesn’t that make employees paranoid?

After two rounds of lay-offs earlier this year where we literally lost over 120 users in our part of the split, my group was told it would be responsible for all tech support and that would include servers, workstations and network.

We’ve been a small business unit IT group supporting mostly Macs and now we’re being asked to prepare to collect our marbles and go play elsewhere. Everyone in our group has extensive cross-platform experience with Macs, Windows and UNIX, so we’re confident about our roles and expertise, but we now get the chance to start over on so many things!

Our network has been handled by one group, our Windows Server team was another group and our own Mac group was mostly left out of any infrastructure decisions long ago because we weren’t “standard” or as most in the biz can understand: we weren’t “Windows”.

Now, we get to start over.

These are two signatures that I liked sent from mobile phone users:

Sent from my iPhone. (Word!)

Sent from my mobile device. Please forgive my spelling.

How do you change something that has stayed the same for so long? After 16 years I sold my pickup and bought a new car and my emotions are a mix of losing a long-time friend, gaining a brand new toy and satisfaction of negotiating my first car deal by myself.

Mickey Stevens, a fellow Mac MVP and his mom came to Minneapolis this weekend to see the sights. At one time Mickey was one of the youngest MVPs awarded by Microsoft. I still remember my first MVP Summit where I not only met him but also his mom Irene, who was chaperoning.

I met Mickey and Irene at the Walker Art Center in downtown Minneapolis and we walked through most of the exhibits there. I had told Mickey to be sure they check out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden while here too, which is home to the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry.

After lunch at the art center, we walked back to our cars to say our good-byes. Out of the huge parking I had somehow managed to park my car just behind theirs, so I got to show off my new car to them and Irene showed me her hybrid car, which I’d never seen up close until now.