Taking care of your health


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I did a bad thing last night. I ate smothered fries. Not sure why suddenly my diet and workout system went out the windows but it did. The smothered fries were good, but frankly world hunger is still here and we are no closer to world peace, so I suspect in the long run it was a really bad idea.

For most of my life I have celebrated with food. I am not sure why that is the case. I suspect that if I wanted to root around in my psyche I could find the answer but for now it is something I have to think about.

The first step towards change is acknowledge you have a problem. Smile

Now of course I have to change the problem.

It was a fantastic day for a walk yesterday. I really enjoyed being outdoors and walking for 2 hours. There are good days and bad days when it comes to walking, days when you are dragging and days when you are drag racing. Yesterday was a drag racing day – I felt really good the entire walk.

For the second week according to fitbit I am at 100% of the steps for a week with two days to do. I really enjoy hitting that mark! My next goal is to get my heavy activity average up.

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The great debate–how social is KM?


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I’ve been having an interesting argument lately – that of the delta between KM (knowledge management) systems and social networks. The argument is the question should “KM systems adopt social networking technologies.”

My personal argument for a long time has been the KM systems should be “expert” systems. An expert system has a process of removing chaff and only publishing the wheat. This process is critical to the success of KM systems as I believe they are in place to solve one problem “getting the right answer.” To date, there aren’t any systems in place or functioning that are truly KM  systems. (examples below)

  • Parts ordering KM system: I take a picture of a part that is broken. I upload that picture and the system finds the replacement part for me. I don’t have to search through 20 systems to get the part.
  • Medical library – both for patients and doctors (these exist but need to be combined there are multiple iterations of these today) that allow people to get the best answer to their question.  If you search a medical problem on the internet today you will get an answer – but it will very seldom be the right answer for you.
  • Global sourcing – leveraging social networking technologies to improve KM but taking problems that don’t have specific answers and throwing them out to the social system for the system to mull potential answers.

There are many more answers that are needed of course and systems that support those answers. My contention is that people use KM systems when they have a specific question and they need “the right” answer. Social Networking technologies can be leveraged to improve the “feeder” systems for KM – but KM itself needs to operate as an expert system.

While this all seems pie in the sky, it in fact is possible.

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Architects and what they talk about…


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The concept of Human Dynamics and architects. or the intersection of thinking about it, and talking about it with others! It is the secret sauce that architects learn very early, influence and lead versus manage and persuade.

The interesting problem is the way architects often pursue the persuasion (I saw Mr. Popper’s Penguins over the weekend so I had to use the p words in honor of Polly).

Some of the architects I know pursue arguments like a bull in a china shop expecting people to cave to their arguments because they are loud or sometimes because they are in the room or have a specific title. That makes me sad. But it is a problem in many more proffesions than architecture. I remember feeling that way when I was a school teacher as well – “the way things are, is the way things are.”

I am planning on a blog series around the broader concepts and ideas incorporated in the overall concept of Human Dynamics and architects, as well as the overall impact of that on the profession architecture.

Comment away if you have thoughts…

I broke the camera


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His eyes had a certain gleam

as he leaned into the cube

“I knew it would happen,” he said

again

the smile on his face

warm and friendly.

Seeking simply egress

he had stood

against a wall

the camera firing twice

and yet

somehow

not working

not finishing the job

as if a job that,

once done changed everything

and nothing

he said as he left

“you should”

smiling broadly

“tell Sandler about this”

“I bet he would find a poem

in the line, I broke the camera.”

And frankly, he did.

 

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Fair Dulcina, where are you?


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Where do we go from here? Seeking balance in software architecture leaves me with a question about tomorrow. You see, you can achieve short term balance, but in the end that isn’t really the balance of the overall situation. It is a temporal balance that can be snatched away from you easily. The balance both of the architect, architecture and overall solution implemented requires more than a temporal balance. It is a critical long term application of the right answers.

This brings me back to the concept of the “balanced architect.” I’ve talked about communication patterns for years now. Good and bad things that people do. Negative organizations and organisms that breed the negativity rather than growing new ideas. I’ve been reading a book about irrational thinking and the more I realize what is irrational around me the more I begin to wonder.

Doing things the same way over and over isn’t balance. It is more irrational than anything. When we expand the search for balanced software solutions, we have to consider the irrational situation we are often in.

What is balance and how do we achieve it in an irrational world?

  • Do things in a new way.
  • Consider the options.
  • Consider the negative data.
  • Don’t surround yourself with people that have the same attitude in life that you do.
  • Find the new path if the old one is blocked.
  • Think globally and act globally where possible.
  • Act locally if required.
  • Be a better person Smile

“Look upon my works ye mighty and despair.”

Sometimes I do.

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Random Friday Thoughts…


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So yesterday I passed 70,000 steps for the past 7 days (per fitbit). It is an amazing thing when you think about it.

Random Thoughts

  • My wife and I have lived in our house for 11+ years. Prior to this house I have not lived in any one place for that long. In fact prior to that my longest was 5 years (in the house we owned in Cincinnati Ohio).
  • Someone hacked my t-mobile account – same on them!
  • iTunes updates are frustrating
  • I keep hearing Billy Joel songs in my head
  • Its nearly end of year for my employer and things are crazy.
  • Happiness is not having to do paperwork
  • I am stuck on left turns. Why is that?
  • If “this train don’t stop for…” how do you get on? And if it is that exclusive do you want to?
  • Why are trains dying? They are a beautiful way to travel.
  • Why don’t we have better public transportation in medium and smaller towns?

Just a few random Friday ruminations.

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Building a new Windows Home Server 2011 box


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I have had a Windows Home Server running at my house for more than 3 years now. I bought v1 and v2 of the HP media smart boxes – which were quite solid and reliable. The first run ran on my home network for nearly 2.5 years and the recent one has run reliably for the past 6 months. During that time I began the transition to the new WHS system.

My first attempt was a virtual server (running off Windows Server 2008R2 Hyper-V and a virtual machine for WHS). It worked ok, but wasn’t really up to what I wanted in terms of replacing more of my home network with the home server.

So I turned an old box I had into the server and turned my WHS V2 Media Smart box off.

That was ok but the box was older and only had three USB slots that were working (a couple were dead due to loving use). So I bought a cheap box with 8 gigs of ram and 6 USB slots to build as my new home server.

  • Remote access is much faster with 8 gigs of RAM
  • The 64 bit OS does a better job with the whole backup process
  • I am dying for some of the yet-to-be released add ons

So far so good, had the box up and installed in less than an hour. Between that box as my remote access host (easy to manage that) and my two Windows 2008 boxes, I now have a private cloud at home.

The beauty is I have room to grow, adding both SATA and USB drives. I can back up the essential systems in the house, and provide remote access to the other’s.

I remain a huge windows server fan!!!

 

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