So much more me than me

Jul 04, 2011 in Technology

Those who know me, know that I’m all over any technological gadget you can find. Here’s a recent Dilbert strip that some would say describes me to the letter. Seriously.

Dilbert - New smartphone: poor reception--but it's got Apps!

View the original Dilbert June 30, 2011 strip. © Scott Adams Inc.

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Packing for STC Summit 2011

May 12, 2011 in Society

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I was caught gushing about last year’s Summit 2010 on video by Kevin Cuddihy, the STC Media Manager (and STC Notebook blogger). Many of the sentiments I made back then, about being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of interesting sessions causing conflict in my schedule, are […]

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Pomodoro Technique vs. Rotten Tomatoes

Nov 25, 2010 in Productivity

Image credit: http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/

I started work in a new technical communications role at a different company last week. To help me navigate the change, I also started experimenting with a time and task management method called the Pomodoro Technique. My new teammate has used it successfully to keep himself on track, and I look forward to experiencing the same improvements in my own personal and professional productivity.

This post lists helpful resources for the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.

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Happy Canada Day, eh? 2010

Jul 01, 2010 in Society

To commemorate the occasion of Canada’s 143rd birthday, I swapped out my outer space Firefox persona for a more patriotic message.

Canada Rocks Firefox Persona

Canada Rocks Firefox Persona

Show your patriotic colours and load the theme on your own browser!

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Bang my head against the MediaWiki wall

May 28, 2010 in Productivity

One of my really cool projects is to harness the collaborative CMS features of MediaWiki as a means to store comments within an HTML-based help system. I thought I’d start by implementing a forms-based entry that created wiki pages when first loaded, but after getting so far I’ve been banging my head against the wall.

Let me explain what I’ve done so far, with the hope that someone out there on teh Interweb would be able to help me out. I’ll post an update when I get it sorted out. (Sorry, I’m not posting screen shots to save time.

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Change approaching on the horizon. Ahoy!

Jun 30, 2009 in Philosophy

Funny how the next generation always finds ways to upset the apple cart for the one previous. Every new move of God is met with resistance. The introduction of new technology and methods disrupts the security of longtime employees. A new baby threatens its siblings’ desires for their parents’ attention.

This comic strip applies to so many areas of my life right now, and I’m sure you will find the concept familiar to you as well. Navigating change well is all a matter of managing relationships.

The Other Coast ~ June 30 2009 - Click to read more from Comics.com

The Other Coast ~ June 30 2009 – Click to read more from Comics.com

There’s so much more I could talk about, but a picture says a thousand words. What do you think?

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How to write spam that sticks

Feb 25, 2009 in Productivity

Since last week I’ve been receiving upwards of 300 spam comments a day. I somehow made it onto the Internet radar, which is proving to be a mixed blessing. A pet peeve of mine is seeing well known, high profile blogs with spam comments, as if the owner doesn’t care about the quality of their community, only the amount of comments against their posts. For this reason alone I will continue to moderate comments against my blog. Readers who comment regularly will have their comments approved automatically from their third comment onward, unless their comment matches other triggers.

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