William Smith: October 2008 Archives

So, I just paid for Twitterific after using it for at least a few months. I am a fan of try-before-you-buy and and advocate of paying for software that I use.

Our new MacBook Pros arrived Wednesday, just two days after receiving and sending back our original MacBook order. They were so close yet I couldn't open the boxes. That made the wait a little harder. But we were glad to see them arrive one day before FedEx said they should be delivered.

Time for an upgrade

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Dean and I watched Tuesday's infomercial (a.k.a. the Stevenote). I have a PowerBook that will be five years of very old age in December and Dean just likes to buy shiny new Apple things. We decided to go ahead and order new MacBooks online.

For the past few weeks I've been visiting Joel at Global Deaf Connection and I did so today for the second time this week. I handed him my budget recommendation for hardware upgrades, software purchases, a new server and network wiring so that he has numbers he can present to the board for approval.

A little bummed

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The Graveyard Book I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman and just finished his new book "The Graveyard Book". He's been touring since its release last week and tonight he appeared in Saint Paul less than five miles from where I work.

For the past month I've been wanting to see him in person. His appearances online seem very genuine and entertaining.

I'm over-committed and have a laptop due to hand over tomorrow to Global Deaf Connection. The new interim CEO is heading to Africa next week and needs it to deliver to the office in Kenya. Dammit.

All afternoon I was torn between getting to see Neil or spending a boring evening installing Windows XP onto the laptop and installing update after update after update. I even drove by the church building where he's appearing. (Apparently, the church has seating capacity for about a thousand people, which is why he's appearing at a church.) An hour before his appearance the streets were lined with cars; no place to park for blocks.

In the end I decided better to stick to commitments although I'm really bummed about not getting to see Neil speak. I've promised myself that next time I won't have any excuses not to see him.

Flying the long way home

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Our mini summit at MacBU is now done and we've all traveled home. By now, most of us are there. My return was scheduled for yesterday but a long delay would have caused me to miss my connecting flight so I was rerouted first class to Los Angeles where I was too late to catch that flight--the last flight--to the Twin Cities.