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My Bank’s Reply on Safari/Mac Support

29 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

I figured it was only fair I shared the result of my rant to my bank, since they are fairly quick to respond to any question I ask them… Thank you for your reply, Mr. Arseneault. I am pleased to respond again. At Bank X, we place great value on our relationship with our Online…

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WiFi, Mosaics and Cell Phones

29 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Cell Phones After careful review, I’ve decided to re-activate my cell phone. Actually, I switched provider. I use to be with Telus, but IBM’s employee cell phone plans were to good to pass on. And in my research, I’ve found it quite difficult to choose a phone. I eventually used a spreadsheet to compare the…

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Online Banking and Using a Mac <> Compatible

28 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Here is an email thread with my bank, showing how they just don’t get Apple Macs and browsers… I am trying to download the Web Connect file to reconcile my banking account with my Quicken Software (version 2006 R3, the latest). When visiting the Bank X webpage to get the fil, I specify a 3-month…

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Another validation of OS X’s lack of virus…

27 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

From: ClamXav.com Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is…NONE! And here’s why, ladies and gent, why I’m not wasting any CPU processing time on my OS X to anti-virus…

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Mainframes and their staying power

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

A fellow IBMer whom I just discovered his blog entry through Technorati is having pretty much the same opinion as I over the ability of the IBM mainframe to stay the course, based on its new positionning in the marketplace in the last few years as a high-end enterprise server, as opposed to simply a…

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Software sizings: both art and science

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

I’ve started performing Software Sizings for our clients recently. This is where given a set of metrics and business objectives, you estimate the amount of hardware required to support a given (WebSphere) workload over a certain topology. Sounds simple, but the devil’s in the details… Let’s illustrate with an example. Customer A wants to deploy…

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About Moore’s Law

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

I am starting to get really ticked at seeing this ‘law’ being proclamed as the end-all-be-all law when it comes to computing. So this guy says that he thinks processors will double every 24 months, (used to be 18, and 12 before that). A law doesn’t change to adapt to the real world conditions. Either…

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Time flies, and so does network storage!

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Well, it’s been, what… 2 months since I’ve setup my domain name and got some decent co-located web hosting? Logging into my vAdmin console to change a few sub-domains today, I’ve noticed that we’ve already used 135Mb of the 1Gb we are allocated. I say we, because I feel the largest reason for that space…

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Jumping on the Creative Commons bandwagon

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

After watching the parade, I’ve decided to update my blog with some legal disclaimers and rights. Like writing a will, it’s always better to do it before getting into trouble, you’ll now notice the sidebar has now got the standard disclaimer for IBMers blogging (from the official IBM Blogging Guidelines). Since I talk about work…

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Building Small Notes Apps

26 août 2005 | 0 commentaires

Yeah, I know, I should be building java-based applications, with my WebSphere job role and all… but writing java is hard!!! Anyway, I’ve always been better at working the interface side of things (applications, websites, etc), so when I first encountered Lotus Notes Designer a few years back, it was love at first sight. I’ve…

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