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Applying Business Process Management Techniques

7 septembre 2005 | 0 commentaires

Improving efficiency has always been something I’m interested in. From doing the dishes in 3 minutes flat to building a compound business document with incredibly tight deadlines, I always strive to maximize my productivity by improving the processes which support these activities. It should be no surprise that I am also constantly on the lookout…

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OS X working overtime with FootTrack

6 septembre 2005 | 0 commentaires

I’ve been busy this week-end rebuilding my home movie index with FootTrack. This software is like iTunes for your camcorder! Simply plug in your digital camcorder, FootTrack then imports your videos on your HDD, provides ways to categorize your videos (labels, descriptions, etc) and lets you compress them in the codec of your choice. You…

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Moving to Open Source where possible

6 septembre 2005 | 0 commentaires

Given the usual press, you may think all IBM employees ever use on their work computers is Lotus Notes, but I assure you that much more is available to us internally – although Lotus Notes is our email/application platform, and that’s a good thing. I’ve not lost email service for a good few years now,…

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Tricked into using the Embedded Security Subsystem on my Thinkpad

2 septembre 2005 | 0 commentaires

Well, some of you may recall the trouble I went through the last time I go the fantastic idea (NOT) to try and use my Thinkpad’s Embedded Security Subsystem. For those not fortunate enough to have a recent Thinkpad, some systems come with this security chip, the ESS, which in essence provides a hardware cryptographic…

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Why change a good thing (RSS reader and blogging client)

1 septembre 2005 | 0 commentaires

Every few months, I go through the same routine of searching the internet for the latest and greatest RSS reader and blogging client, only to find that, to my dismay, things really haven’t changed that much. I was lately taking FeedDemon for a spin, and though I liked the client and its simplicity, it was…

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Pushing the envelope on Online Photo Processing

30 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

We are (ok my wife is) creating a scrapbook for our son and needs a bunch of pictures (and some to give the grand-parents). Since we’ve gone digital, and don’t have prints available all the time, we typically print them on my Canon i850 color inkjet. But for large runs, it’s always better/cheaper to send…

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More new gear: Airport Extreme & Mighty Mouse

30 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Well, it’s been one of those weeks where lots of new gear seems to show (or I was procrastinating their purchase, quite possible). Anyway, after reading a few reviews, I figured I was due for a new mouse and then comes along the Mighty Mouse from Apple. I’ve installed it and will say it’s nice,…

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Moving away from paper… completely

30 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

With a 1-2 punch of freeware and business application, I’ve been able to move completely away from paper for note-taking, phone messages, etc. I used to assign keys to Notepad (CTRL-SHIFT-N) and WordPad (CTRL-SHIFT-W) when answering the phone, but had to be quick on the keyboard. Up until yesterday, I was still using a piece…

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Lotus Notes & Zen Minimalist

30 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

I’ve started using Lotus Notes ever since I joined IBM in 1996. Back then, we were still running a package called OV/VM which provided email, calendaring and network filing capabilities. I come from the GUI generation if you didn’t know yet. While I’m starting to appreciate the power of a console and scripting, give me a…

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Wireless is fun, after all

30 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Funny how running untethered to a CAT5 cable can really opens up possibilities. After only a few hours yesterday of installing my shiny new wireless router, I could connect to my work VPN from downstairs while watching the kids, change stuff on my OS X box using SSH and modify a file or two off…

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