Our first experience in the Disney Vacation club was overall excellent. We learned a lot about the club, Disney, and how to effectively get around. I will be posting some pictures soon – we took a lot! The kids were great and everyone was pretty much exhausted by day 3 – next time it will be a much more relaxed approach. The older kids got to go off on their own for one day and it worked out great. We all met in Epcot for some famous fish and chips and I had some great beer to go with it! They used their cards to buy water and snacks and I even got an itemized bill for each child – very cool. My nine year old (Nathan) went on every single ride – I was so proud of him. He seemed to not be phased by even the scariest of rides. Here is a picture of the four oldest on the Rockin Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios:
Our suite was a two bedroom suite with a common area, full kitchen, and a laundry room (came in very handy). We pre-ordered groceries and even though we spent $160 on groceries it probably saved us a few hundred. We had breakfast and snacks in there the entire trip – big savings for seven people. I loved how we just showed up and the refrigerator and cabinets had all of our groceries packed away – great surprise. Our place was the Bay Lake Towers, right next to the Contemporary. It is pretty centrally located and getting to any park was in a matter of minutes – not too mention Magic Kingdom was right across the street! We actually walked back to the hotel one night from Magic Kingdom. The kids pretty much went on every major ride and never waited more than 10 minutes thanks to the Vacation Club Fast Pass system. I wish we got them every time we went there but apparently they are hard to come by. Our last day in Disney we simply chilled by the pool, ordered pizza pool side and drank pina colada’s!
Next year we plan on renting some jet skis and boats for the lake right behind our hotel – it looked really fun. We are also going to take it a little slower on the park side of things – running around for 12 hours in 90 degree heat with crazy humidity was a bit crazy.
I have written about this software a few times and often go in and play with it. Unfortunately I do not have the time to take the software seriously because it is so darn complex and powerful – it is almost a full time job. I have created very basic pictures and animations but boy what I could do if I could spend hours with this thing. One of my favorite things to do is check out the gallery of pictures created by the Blender community on their site.
Old Guy by Kamil (maqs) Makowski
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
This is my second post in the leadership series, you can read my first post here about mentoring and management. In that first post I attempted to provide an entertaining narrative about how to be a leader by outlining what not to do. I got an email tonight that was an advertisement for a one day seminar here in Syracuse about Unacceptable Employee Behavior. The seminar is run by Fred Prior Seminars and it looks very interesting.
I just got done reading an excellent article on Forbes.com – Personal Brands Raise New Talent Development Questions For HR, by Rawn Shah. I think companies should have some level of performance evaluation based on personal brands only if the company asked the employees to become company or technology community advocates. IBM is very clear in its direction to technical employees and encourages employees to be social, blog, write articles and grow the IBM community organically. As the Yellowverse has seen, there are more than a handful of IBMer’s who blog about their work or the technologies they support. As the article points out, HR departments should start considering the value of the personal brands to the company and even offer some level of award for the personal brand effort – determining the value of that effort is the difficult part.
I do think this is a slippery slope since every personal blog is just that, it’s the persons views, not their company (usually). I am sure there are some people who actually get paid to blog and I am also sure everything they write is probably closely monitored if its in the name of the company. Maybe getting a community award or something is the way to go, if you start getting kick-backs from your company to blog you may change your material and ultimately lose your readership. Keeping your blog “YOU” is probably what made it interesting in the first place – it’s not a commercial, its from a person. This is a tough call, I know for a fact many of the blogs in the Lotus community add tons of value. I am not saying mine is a great blog by no means, but I do see many of the so called “green posts” constantly referenced from Google searches – meaning someone most likely got something out of that post many months after it was posted through an online search.
What do you think? Should people get financial, non-financial, or community awards if they have a “hit” blog that is tightly or loosely based on the companies products?
Ever since I got the Nook Color I was convinced of the success it will bring to Barnes and Noble – my favorite store. Now, last Thursday, Liberty Media offered $1 billion for the store – or $17 per share, which would give it a 70% stake in the company. I have also noticed the Nook section in Barnes and Noble seems to get bigger and bigger, it is a clear sign this is where the company is moving, and fast. The Nook Color is arguably the best value for an Android based table at $249.
Malones company Liberty Media offered $17 per share Thursday or about $1 billion for a 70 percent stake in Barnes & Noble, a 20 percent premium over the Thursday closing price. Investors greeted the news warmly, pushing Barnes & Noble shares up over 30 percent yes thats higher than Malones bid! in midday market action Friday. As a result, Malone will likely have to sweeten his offer to at least $20 per share. — Wired article
Yellowverse, chime in if you can!
Lotus Notes market share | LinkedIn.
It does not surprise me if this is true. I have often thought that if I gave a bad review something like that could happen (not that I have a book on Amazon though…) and that is one of the primary reasons I only review things I like or at least attempt to find positives in the things I review.
Freelance reviewer T. Michael Murdock reamed Conduit 2 earlier this month on gaming blog Joystiq, giving the Wii shooter one star out of five. Within a day, several negative reviews sprang up on the Amazon.com listing for Murdocks book, The Dragon Ruby, which is linked in the writers Joystiq byline. Some of the reviews have since been deleted.
After getting some feedback from the prior post (thanks everyone), I will need to move the Microsoft Office Viewer code into an Eclipse fragment. This will allow me (and maybe others) to write a Mac and Linux (good luck there) version for the Office files by creating additional fragments. If you haven’t seen the video please watch it and if you like it then make sure you give me a thumbs up on YouTube!
“But the format is a potentially a substitute for the PC in many cases. I’ve talked to CIOs who think they might be able to replace 20 percent of laptops with tablets over the next few years. So the hierarchy of Windows and Office that we accept as our environment will change,” he says. – Kevin Cavanaugh
IBM’s mobile strategy: Anybody but HP or Microsoft | The Industry Standard – InfoWorld.
I had an issue that was resolved in a strange way and I thought I would share it. I compile Eclipse update sites using the Eclipse IDE and the builder. I usually just delete the features and plugins directory of the site and do a Build All from the site manifest. Well, all of the sudden the site builder stopped generating the site and not to mention there were no errors. The builder progress just quickly disappeared – very frustrating.
I attempted a few basic things like clean all of the projects and nothing seemed to work. So I went into debug mode…
I set the command line to launch Eclipse to this:
D:\Eclipse\e-35\eclipse\eclipse.exe -debug -console -clean
This launched the console and put the client into debug mode. Unfortunately you don’t see much action because you need to enable some debugging on a few key plugins. You can reference this recently published article for how to enable this or you can just download this .options file and place it in your Eclipse directory – where eclipse.exe resides.
So what did I find? Well, one clue was this:
Wed May 18 19:58:41 EDT 2011 - [Worker-5] Invoking (INCREMENTAL_BUILD) on builder: FacetedProjectValidationBuilder(org.openntf.attachmentviewer.site)
Wed May 18 19:58:41 EDT 2011 - [Worker-5] Builder finished: FacetedProjectValidationBuilder(org.openntf.attachmentviewer.site) time: 2ms
Wed May 18 19:58:41 EDT 2011 - [Worker-5] Checking if need to build. Starting delta computation between: ElementTree(27) and ElementTree(32)
Wed May 18 19:58:41 EDT 2011 - [Worker-5] End delta computation. (1ms).
Wed May 18 19:58:41 EDT 2011 - [Worker-5] UpdateSiteBuilder(org.openntf.attachmentviewer.site) needs building because of changes in: org.openntf.attachmentviewe
It stated the site project needed rebuilding. So I am not sure if this directly pointed to the problem but what I did notice was the two files: artifacts.jar and contents.jar were still in the directory. I deleted those files, re-ran the build and viola – everything worked great. This seems like a problem in the site builder code, where when you do a clean it should really remove these jars – not sure about that yet.
This debug process works for any Eclipse RCP based application. You can essentially get the debug options for any plugin and put them in that one .options file to find out what’s going on.