Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Something for Everyone

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If you work at a boarding school you probably are required to do some kind of duty which entails watching over the kids in a fairly shitty attempt to minimize the harm they can do to themselves. Well as luck has it tonight, due to duty is what I like to call shotgun night. Perhaps this will work in the coming weeks but who knows. The basis of it revolves around short snippets that either rate something, describe my life, talk about a product that will make yours better, etc, etc. If you do not get it, don't worry, it's your fault.

Alright here we go; lets see how a 1 minute time frame works:

  • Life ending often brings upon something new
  • Amazon will/should pawwn with their new music service
  • Zune better release something soon or Ipods away
  • Shuffling life is awesome
  • Everyone needs to read 2010 return of Quetzlecoatle
  • Heroes 2 is/will be amazing
  • TorrentSpy needs to come back to usa.
Sweet, not too much in there but it has been a fairly hectic week and one should realize that often times brain power is left in the dust when it comes to sleeping on a mattress that deflates itself after 5 hours of sleeping on it. So if you can, and you should since it is 45 percent of your life, get something that is comfortable.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

To My Readers...or Reader

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Something that we all need to understand is that people work. Big surprise for most of you couch potatoes but people in reality have jobs. So if you want to keep up with my sporadic posts keep up with my twitter....on the right side of my blog. Your welcome.

Lotus Symphony

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Well we all know that the good ole folks at IBM bought out Lotus in the mid 90's. And if you have half a brain and can remember even what Lotus was, you know that they made some quality office based programs. Their recent iteration which, is definitely still in its beta form (REALLY still in Beta (bird flipping air in defiance of Java)) seems to hold up to Lotus' old sweet suites.

The beta comes with a Document, Spreadsheet, and Presentation tool which all actually integrate into one large kind of backdrop. This allows you to use tabs to work on three different items rather then work with 3 different windows which can get fairly cluttering on a normal screen screen. This, with the weird bluish tones make it look semi-familiar with Microsoft's Office suite ribbon setup. This allows the user to have almost everything that they need (Cut, paste, sorting, saving, opening, font, color, columns, tables and...AUTO COMPLETION (for the lazy one)) within a one click reach which is a must need when working around a useless document for your boss or colleague who can not get their minds around a full day without some type of spreadsheet. In addition all of your useless functions at the moment (depending what you have highlighted / clicked on) are either grayed out.

A really simple, and obviously nice feature is the ability to show a thumbnail version of every tab that you are working on and their respective names. This means a visual representation when working with a huge amount of papers and or spreadsheets. Speaking of spreadsheets, it appears that there is a lot going on in that area when it comes to technicalities. Office 2007 let us down fairly heavily, and us meaning the end user that knows something. By oversimplifying their program Microsoft left a lot of techyies (SP, what?!), who enjoyed their complicated spreadsheet schemes in the dust..because they never had a chance to get them moving.

Besides the overextended need of Java, this looks like a nice suite that easily has replaced Open Office for now. It can be downloaded from IBM.com if you go through the pain of making an account and actively looking for it. As an alternative to Microsoft Office I am not completely sold. But if they do release this as open or free software then I think it can give Microsoft a really good run for its money due to the hefty need for users to re-adapt to Office 2007. Viva la free! Ciao all.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Result (just cause it is awesome)

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Long Time Away

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Well as everyone that probably does not frequent this blog knows, the posting has been fairly sparse as of late. If anyone works in the education side of business you know how hard it is to even think about doing number 2's when it comes to the opening of school. Nothing really works like you had envisioned, you have people asking for new quote after new quote simply because the first one was frankly the one that is going to work, people needing everything including..who would have guessed - more computers, and the proverbial:

"This program does not work."
"Did you use it all during the summer?"

All of these things build up to where a one man band might simply snap, start throwing expensive tech out your room and proclaim you are going back on that vacation that you were promised yet never allowed to take because "shit was too busy in the summer." Sorry all, but there is no way one person can do this job alone and effective. So if you plan on hiring make sure to have room for two positions and do not take the cheap route cause guess what? You are stuck with what that one person wants to do....muAHHAHAHAH.