The key to consolidation is well, consolidating…


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Consolidation is the overall key.

I keep telling myself that. The reality is I am trying to consolidate, but you never know when you might need a 15 foot usb cable, or an extra HDMI cable. Throwing them away now means you have to buy them again later. So the letting go part of consolidation can be a bit hard. I just can’t let go.

Nearly 1.5 million steps since June and still on track for the November 22 1000th blog. It will also mark 288 straight days publishing both blogs which is also my longest streak for that as well.

I Tried a trail near the house yesterday that goes off into the wilderness that is the Muddy Flat water drainage area that is connected to our neighborhood. I didn’t go far just a mile or so into the woods. I am looking for the connecting trail that leads to the Washingtonian park trail (a nice paved bike trail). The GPS was useful, but the screen being smaller forces me to check it constantly. I know I am close, a couple more tries and I will succeed.

Interesting blog fact – my busiest day on both blogs every week is Wednesday. I guess I am a get over the hump day blogger.

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To my friend Ned


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I’ve been looking at a number of blog creation packages over the last couple of weeks. Its interesting to me that people say blogs are dead – yet there are 100’s of packages out there to build, manage and deliver blogs. I wonder how many there would be if in fact blogs weren’t dead.

The other side of blogging is the concept of course that it is quite simply your journal, you just happen to leave it on your driveway every day and anyone can choose to pick it up and read it.

Today I am thinking about my friend Ned. Ned passed about a year after I joined Microsoft when I lived in Cincinnati Ohio. He was my first really close friend in Ohio and he and I were the helpdesk for The Future now. Ned was the PC guy and I was the Macintosh and backup PC guy. We had a lot of fun helping customers via the phone, but business didn’t pick up quickly and they laid Ned off.

We stayed friends however, his wife and my wife going out to dinner – or visiting each others houses. Then Ned got sick. He was in Seattle getting treatments but kept his sense of humor. Knowing I was working for Microsoft he used to send me newspaper clippings about Bill Gates and his many speeding tickets at the time.

Sadly the treatment didn’t work and Ned passed on. He so wanted to meet Jacqueline but was never allowed to come over to the house for fear of infection. I don’t know why I have been thinking about Ned so much lately – he was a great person and a dear friend and I guess I miss him. Life is a tribute to those who have passed before us, their candles light the way.

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Time is a cruel mistress


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25 more posts and I have achieved 1000 posts on two different blogs. Seems somehow amazing to me and I am but 50,000 steps away from 1.5 million steps since June. When I was a school teacher we used to celebrate millions day which is why I love it so much!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years trying to find myself – I guess everyone does that to a degree. I’ve wanted to be a lot of things over the years. Some real some little more than imagination. I suspect as you get older you start to think about the things you sought more and less about the things you accomplished.  It is all part of the noise we live in day after day.

Right now the noise limits as much as it it does anything. I find myself lcoked in a process of trying to end the noise rather than focusing on moving forward. Time is a child that moves slowly until it catches and passes you, then it zooms away into the distance and you never catch up.

Time to get rolling!

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2 days in an open boar in search of the sun…


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Has the time come to retire my personal lab? I have had my own computer lab in my basement for well since we lived in Cincinnati Ohio which is now nearly 14 years ago. Lately I find that I don’t use it at all other than occasional as a toy to consider. I spend more time building and playing with solutions that have nothing to do with servers anymore.

Is it time to move on? I don’t know yet, but I suspect it is.

Letting go of my lab means letting go of a piece of myself. I don’t know that I am ready for that, yet.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the people who have influenced me over the past decades of my life. I have come to realize that the most important thing for me as a person is a feeling of loyalty, both to the person and from the person who is teaching/helping/guiding/following me. I am not sure why loyalty is such a huge thing for me. It isn’t that I am disloyal myself, I tend towards loyalty to the end regardless. Its that it has become critical to me. Probably because over the past few years I can say that a number of people I was loyal to, weren’t as loyal as I thought they were. I suspect that is more painful than I realized until I started thinking about it.

What concerns me today is that maybe I am on the wrong side of the battle. Not the 300 valiantly defending the last pass between their civilization and destruction but rather just one more body on the way to an inevitable end. Is loyalty something that matters anymore? Am I teaching my children a skill that in the end won’t matter anymore?

I hope not.

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Happy birthday to my sister and a few rambling thoughts


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I was listening to some old podcasts of mine this morning trying to understand what the heck I was thinking. Or perhaps it was what I was smoking. Anyway it is interesting to see what you were thinking a few years ago.

One of the things that intrigues me right now is the oncoming winter season. I’ve never really been in DC for more than a day or two during the winter, I am really interested in finding out what happens.

The other thing that intrigues me has to do with change. It feels strange after 12 years with the same address (both personal and professional) to no longer have that address. Part of me is glad, because frankly the company I used to work for has a lot of tough lessons to learn in the next few years. (where-as the company I work for now has learned those lessons.)

Why is it that we are such creatures of habit. It was a tough decision to leave my former company. But now that I am free I have to say in fact it was the smartest decision I could have made. Why is it however that we take so much time making decisions like that.

I would like to wish my much younger sister a happy birthday today. She is much younger than I am, although not as young as my baby sister is, but my baby sister doesn’t have a birthday for awhile.

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Sometimes I just wonder


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I sometimes wonder if I am losing my mind. Went to a wonderful concert last night. Hosted by Montgomery College (where the bean goes) and featuring the Montgomery County orchestra. We met some folks in a meet-up group for baby boomers. All in all a great experience – the college is quite lovely. I can’t believe I hadn’t been there, until last night.

In less than 24 hours I have the complete android phone setup and operating. It just seems wrong that so much stuff is available for that phone. I can even connect my phone to my television. Where oh where did Windows Phone 7 go wrong? I hope the upcoming update (who knows when I will get it) fixes some of these issues and opens some new doors.

My next goal is getting some stuff on ebay to sell. I have actually let my seller account go empty for the past week as I didn’t take the time over the weekend to post anything. Being home really helps you get stuff done.

Time to roll – long day of meetings ahead.

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Another shameless review–Android Phone


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Shameless Review

Oh to be wrong. I got an android phone yesterday, as much because I needed a break from Windows phone 7 that was inexpensive as I was disappointed that T-Mobile didn’t get the IPhone 4s.

But I did need a break from Windows phone 7.

I got the galaxy IIs by Samsung. Huge fan of their screens (television) so I thought I would give that a try. This represents my intiial thoughts about the phone.

  • Setup was easy. Like the Windows Phone 7 its all based on email – I was up and running with the phone in a matter of minutes.
  • Many applications are free in the marketplace so the things I wanted were up and running quickly

The metaphor for the phones is slightly different and the gestures are a little different but overall the phone was an easy transition. What kills me is the applications that are build for the Android Phones are better than what you get on Windows Phone 7. I have had a windows mobile device as part of my personal arsenal for more than 12 years. I suspect I may be the last die hard. The phones are good quality but there is nothing there. Well I should even say they are good phones. At my office I get no connectivity with a Windows Phone 7. I get connectivity with the android phone and can even use data connections.

Oh well.

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