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More new gear: Airport Extreme & Mighty Mouse

30 août 2005 | Commentaires fermés sur More new gear: Airport Extreme & Mighty Mouse

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Moving away from paper… completely

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Lotus Notes & Zen Minimalist

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Wireless is fun, after all

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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My Bank’s Reply on Safari/Mac Support

29 août 2005 | Commentaires fermés sur My Bank’s Reply on Safari/Mac Support

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 | Commentaires fermés sur WiFi, Mosaics and Cell Phones

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Online Banking and Using a Mac <> Compatible

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Another validation of OS X’s lack of virus…

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Mainframes and their staying power

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 | Commentaires fermés sur Software sizings: both art and science

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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