Long day…short night…


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Yesterday evening 2.5 hours to drive 31 miles. DC Traffic sucks. This weekend I am going to research other options to get across the river (that is the choke point on the capital beltway). When I moved to DC I had a dear friend tell me never take a DC job where you have to cross a bridge. I took the right job so that isn’t the issue. Just need to figure a way around the traffic.

According to the NetAtmo rain gauge we got 3 + inches of rain yesterday. It averaged from (and I only checked personally three times but the software gives you this information –way cool) .1 inches of rain per hour to a high of just over .75 inches of rain.

The dogs freaked out when the kids left last night. The 10 minutes the house was empty and they freaked. So out the door and through the dog fence they went. A nice neighbor found them, called and returned them. They were none the worse for the wear but they don’t like big storms when they are alone. The fence is going in in 2 weeks so I can’t wait.

All-in-all an eventful day. If anyone is interested my new Safegov post went up. Its at http://safegov.org when you get to the home page search for Scott Andersen – you will see all my posts. The most current is at the top of the list.

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Remembering Mac


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Let us for a moment exalt in some formal naval gazing. Looking inward past the scars of time and memories that roll around inside of us like loose bowling balls that we can’t dodge, striking us over and over with things we didn’t do, things we should have done and memories we can no longer place. Rather for a moment let us move past what was unpleasant to that which was pleasant, happy memories linked to long ago.

I remember listening to a record of Scottish stories and from that record becoming enamored with the name Macgregor. In the car heading to pick up our new dog the conversation rolled around in the car for awhile and then my parents asked me to name the dog. “Macgregor” was my response the scotch name rolling off my lips and into the car like a unexploded bomb.

It was a grand name for a dog we all decided. At least that is my memory now rusted and tarnished in the corner of my mind. I don’t often bring out memories of that second dog in my life. I vaguely remember, mostly from pictures and one night as a three year old calling her into my room, our first family dog a Dachshund named Anna Banana. I do recall Anna running down the hallway to my bedroom that night and my mother catching up to her as she made it to the side of my bed. But I have no other memories of her as she passed through the gauze of my childhood to go where unremembered dogs end up. But Macgregor I recall.

He was a grand dog. A collie, and I don’t often drag his memory out of the deep recess in my brain where I store them. It makes me cry. I don’t mean a manly tear in the eye that goes away with a blink. It is full on tears that won’t stop. Mac was a dog of infinite heart who loved my father as much as I did (and still do). I have memories of him that are like movies, complete with sound and fury that play out in my mind sometimes. I remember building a snowman in the field that represented the park our subdivision had. There were tennis courts and basketball courts at one end and a long field at the other. That park would feature over and over again in my childhood but this memory involves my little sister, my dad, Mac and I building a snowman. For whatever reason (as dad’s will do, for I do the same thing to my kids) my dad threw a snowball at me (or perhaps I threw one at my little sister first who knows it was nearly 43 years ago now) I responded to the snowball by launching one of my own and Mac launched himself at my dad defending the honor of the clan and attacking the marauding Dane in our midst. I cannot now 43 years later tell you what happened next, just that moment wrapped around a Collie, my little sister and my dad. It is a memory that has stuck.

My first dog…

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A few meanderings this morning…


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Wow – we worked pretty hard over the three day weekend. I am down to one set of missing things (of course they are critical to setting up the home theatre). We have found everything else and things are moving forward!

Went to see the movie “The Help” yesterday. I found myself crying about half way through. It was such a beautiful and well done movie.

Back to the work grind. Although I do have 1/4 of my office setup so I can work. Now I just need to get the last couple of items off my table so I can setup the last two printers. Then it is off to the races.

The marketing team for my book contacted me over the weekend. That was an exciting email. It seems funny to me now, but the dream of a paper edition of a book of mine was a childhood dream. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was really about 12 years old. With three books published (An Architecture Home Companion, There are days you want to go home and now Transitional Services) I have fulfilled that dream. Now its time to get the book moving forward!

Closing in on 2000 blog posts (then we switch to chasing 1000 on my technical blog).

 

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The children of technology


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23 boxes behind the ship may be sinking faster than I can bail.

I am a child of technology. I caught the passion in first grade as we watched the initial launching of America’s space program. I remember thinking at age 14 how could it would be to have a briefcase that included: A phone, a printer, a computer and a calculator. Scary but now you just need two devices (a printstick and a cellular phone).

Which leads me to today, now at home in the new house for 6 days and loving it. But no internet. I am not sure when the internet became a must have but frankly it is, and it has.

TV’s, computers and virtually everything you use on a daily basis now relies on the internet for updates, additions and what-ever-else you need in your life.

Luckily we are all set with approval and all so we can hopefully have the internet before the weekend. Two in a row would be kind of tough to take frankly.

I am a child of technology.

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If only…


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1 Xbox setup.

1 more box opened.

But now I am 13 boxes behind my goal. I am going to take a 1/2 day Friday to try and catch up. What is the point of setting a goal if you don’t at least try and hit it.

We walked down to the 5 Guys burger joint in the square for dinner last night. Its really kind of fun to be able to safely walk to the movies, dinner or for that matter even shopping. We had a blast last night meandering our way through the neighborhood on the way to dinner. Barb is taking the kids to the pool today (and to get their neighborhood id’s). Their (the kids) stolen days of extra summer are over Monday (and Tuesday) as all three head back to school.

When I was in school I hated school. If I only knew then what I know now, I would have reveled more in school. But as the famous quote goes “youth is wasted on the young.” Hindsight is such a glorious tool to consider.

Time to get rolling and get to work – loving the new job.

(interesting thing – watched a video about the impact of negativity in management – would LOVE TO show it to a large number of people. Let me just say there are many ways to solve problems and frankly negative is never one of them. Perhaps a compliment to start and then well say something nice.

If only I knew then what I know now.

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Oh the times they are a changing…


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A 32 gigabyte memory card.

When I started as a computer person which is now roughly 25 years ago, I had a computer that I loved (an Apple IIc). It was perfect, somewhat portable (ok not portable at all – but the allure was there). It had a memory expansion slot and I filled that with 640k of memory. It was expensive (I think nearly 300 dollars almost the cost of the computer). I also upgraded my computer to the new 3.5 inch floppy. I already had a 5.25 drive so it seemed like a good way to go.

I had a word processor on a 3.5 inch floppy and other than swapping drives all the time (load the OS then load the programs)it was my first computing experience. I had a great game, Dr J vs Larry Bird that I loved. Playmaker football was a later addition (when  I got my first Macintosh). I wrote poems and started a couple of different books on that computer.

Like all things it became obsolete (probably a week after I bought it). I ended up replacing the IIc with a IIgs. Eventually the IIgs became a Macintosh SE. Then a Macintosh SE-30. I moved headlong into the computer world and never looked back.

Full circle to yesterday as I grabbed one of my cameras to move pictures to a hard drive. I realized that I had more memory (in my camera at 32 gigs) than I had in my first 6 computers combined. It wasn’t until I bought my Macintosh II that I actually had a 100 meg hard drive. I didn’t have more than a gig of storage in my house until 1995. Now you can buy a terabyte drive for just over $100 bucks. A drive that is faster and more flexible than the 100 megabyte drive in my Macintosh in 1993.

I have a computer with a 256 gig SSD drive that boots before I even turn it on (just kidding). Storage, computing power and the things you can do with your computer have changed. A device that was supposed to help us reduce time has in fact done so. We’ve just found so many things we couldn’t do before that we can now do at home. Things that once were domain of the vast computer systems no one could use.

It has been an amazing ride. The cloud revolution will make even more changes.

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Cloud-Crowd-Sourcing the future is near…


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The cloud as a vision of what could be.

In my blog series (and maybe someday book) on the Syncverse I talked about a lot of concepts that the internet could help humanity as an entity improve. Freedom, communication, structure and information processing are all things that will continue to improve the further into the cloud age we head.

It is the future but it is also a view of what could have been better in the past. We began the computer age in the mainframe era, centralized computing that allowed multiple people to have the same view of data. The data was far more limited then than now so of course what you could do with that information was also therefore limited. And if you ever spent more than an hour on a green screen you will understand the eye strain concept created out of the initial era.

The problem now is the reality of crowd sourcing. That is the single thing about cloud computing that I think will change the world. In the time of Edison you had one really smart guy (and quite a few helpers) working on a core set of problems in a specific geography. They were limited by what they knew, where they lived and the very cultural experience that led them on the path. Yes they eventually succeeded, but what if they were able to crowd-source that idea?

What if they were able to throw the idea out to the ether and have hundreds, thousands even millions of people look at the idea? Some of them not bound by the rules and strictures and that may enable a solution faster. A crowd-sourced solution becoming more and more flexible over time. It is the inherent promise of cloud computing.

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