Sunday, August 28, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Honeymooners..

On a recent trip to Boston, I got to see two folks that I don't get to spend enough time with. Maybe when that lucky lotto ticket arrives, and Amy and I can ride the scooter across the country, we'll get to visit a bit more...

- Tim

Friday, August 19, 2005

Go often ...

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm a bad friend.

Dammit! Where does all the time go?
Getting up before sunrise is nothing new. But, getting up before sunrise when I don't have to rush off for work is rare.

I like to snap a photo or two of the beauty that surrounds me when that happens. Unfortunately, that beauty had to rush off for work, so you'll just have to settle for gratuitous sunrise and dog pictures.

Typical spectacular sunrise:

The dog was so impressed by it that her eyes bugged out. No, wait, they're always like that.

The irrepressible Dingo, ignoring the sunrise, and looking for something to round up.

Friday, August 12, 2005

At last!

Finally! We have moisture!


This is the fruit of the last three or so days...

How good is change?

I was sitting in my office, thinking, this morning. I was pondering all the changes I deal with in supporting numerous types of hardware and software. In the course of the last two days I've had to cope with several emergencies caused by changes, large and small.

In my younger days, my philosophy was: "Change is good; newer is better. Deal with it. Period."

When all I had to worry about was me, that was fine. Now that I have to worry about taking care of several other people, and keeping them productive, without *any* mistakes creeping into the finished product, I find that coping with changes is more and more of a burden.

Thirty years ago, the pace of life was much slower, and I longed for "new and exciting." Nowadays, I long for, "It worked yesterday, it will work the same way today."

I hope to get my excitement in recreational activities, not figuring out how to make new or upgraded software work like it did last week, or getting a simple document to appear the same when printed on two different printers.

In my dotage, I've come to the conclusion that life can deliver plenty of new and exciting stuff on its own, without every single device or gadget that I own forcing me into a week of dealing frustration and lost productivity every time there's an upgrade.

Nokia, Motorola, HP, and especially Microsoft--Give us a break, whenever you add new features, please keep the old ones available. Some of us have real lives that we would rather spend our attention on, instead of plumbing the depths of the owner's manual.